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U of T alumni donate $1M for bursaries for indigenous law students – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

November 15, 2017 When University of Toronto alumni donated $1 million to create bursaries for indigenous students at the university’s faculty of law, Amanda Carling, a Métis lawyer, Faculty of Law alumna and manager of Indigenous Initiatives at the Faculty of Law, says she was “gobsmacked.” “It’s wonderful. I feel a deep gratitude for their […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 201721 Views

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US lawmakers escalate complaints about Trump handling of NAFTA; 72 write letters – CP

Source: The Associated Press Nov 15, 2017 By Alexander Panetta THE CANADIAN PRESS WASHINGTON _ American lawmakers have escalated their campaign against the Trump administration’s handling of the NAFTA negotiations, slamming White House policies in a series of letters this week. Separate letters have criticized the administration’s push for a so-called sunset clause in the agreement; its […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 201720 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for the week ending November 12th – First People’s Law

November 12, 2017 In the News The federal government’s apparent about-face on sex discrimination under the Indian Act led to cautious optimism and scepticism. Indigenous Senators Voice Distrust With Gov’t After Bill S-3 Clears Senate Federal government changes course on sex discrimination legislation Senate backs down from standoff over Indian Act amendment Contentious bill on […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201735 Views

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Building ski resort on sacred land not a breach of freedom of religion: SCC – Canadian Lawyer Mag

In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of a First Nation in British Columbia that argued a large ski resort, to be built on land it considers sacred, would breach its right to freedom of religion under s. 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Ktunaxa […]

by pmnationtalk on November 7, 201730 Views

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Public tips lead to multiple arrests by RCMP in Inverness County

November 6, 2017 Wycobah, Nova Scotia Inverness County District RCMP have arrested four people during two separate vehicle stops as a result of tips received from the public. At approximately 3 p.m. on November 2, RCMP officers located a vehicle in Waycobah where they discovered and seized oxycodone, a firearm and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. A 44-year-old man […]

by pmnationtalk on November 6, 201732 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for the week ending November 5th – First People’s Law

November 5, 2017 The B.C. Utilities Commission released a report damning the Site C dam. Site C likely to cost $10 billion and unlikely to be built on time Site C dam project running over budget, says regulator B.C. government to decide fate of Site C by year’s end Reaction swift as Site C final […]

by pmnationtalk on November 6, 201731 Views

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Law Society’s governing body approves 2018 budget

Toronto — The Law Society’s governing body today approved an increase of $267 to the annual fee that lawyers will pay to the Law Society in 2018. Paralegals will pay an additional $54. These fee increases will support ongoing programs and strategic initiatives, resulting in an overall, annual fee of $2,183 for lawyers and $1,100 […]

by pmnationtalk on November 3, 201735 Views

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Ontario to bring First Nations police forces under provincial standards – The Globe and Mail

Police in many Ontario First Nations communities will be held to the same standards as those in the rest of the province as part of a massive transformation of law enforcement being proposed by the Ontario government. Legislation introduced on Thursday will allow First Nations communities to create their own police-services boards that would adhere […]

by pmnationtalk on November 3, 201761 Views

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Highlights of Ontario’s broad changes to its policing laws – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Nov 2, 2017 Ontario has announced sweeping changes to its policing laws. Here are the highlights of the broad new legislation: _ Police chiefs will have the ability to suspend officers without pay if they are in custody or charged with a serious federal offence not allegedly committed in the […]

by pmnationtalk on November 2, 201738 Views

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Ontario Preparing for Federal Cannabis Legalization

Province Introduces New Legislation to Protect Youth, Keep Roads and Communities Safe November 1, 2017 Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, safely regulate the use and distribution of recreational cannabis when it is legalized by the federal government in July 2018. Ontario’s proposed Cannabis Act, 2017 would support the province’s safe and sensible […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 201757 Views

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GNB: Legal age for recreational cannabis announced

01 November 2017 FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today the legal age for the purchase, possession and consumption of cannabis will be 19. “Balancing public health and safety are our number one priorities as we move towards the legalization of recreational cannabis,” said Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry. “Having the legal […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 201736 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for the week ending October 29th – First People’s Law

October 29, 2017 In the News New census data continued to fuel the debate about who are the Métis. ‘How would you conceive of Métis identity?’: Experts doubt population with historic Métis ties in census Aboriginal populations climb in B.C. and across Canada Ontario now home to Canada’s largest Métis population, census shows Court cases, […]

by pmnationtalk on October 30, 201752 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – First People’s Law

October 22, 2017 In the News TransCanada cancelled its Energy East pipeline project TransCanada cancels $15.7B Energy East pipeline project TransCanada halts pipeline, sparking new regional tensions TransCanada kills Energy East, Eastern Mainline pipeline projects Chiefs express shock, relief to Energy East pipeline halt For true reconciliation, First Nations laws must be used: scholar Pipeline […]

by ahnationtalk on October 23, 201733 Views

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Government of Canada announces judicial appointment in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador

News Release From Department of Justice Canada October 20, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and […]

by aanationtalk on October 20, 201758 Views

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Cynthia Westaway Achieves Certified Specialist Designation in Indigenous Legal Issues

Cynthia Westaway Achieves Certified Specialist Designation in Indigenous Legal Issues Ottawa:  Cynthia Westaway has been granted the Certified Specialist designation in Indigenous Legal Issues (Rights/Governance, Litigation/Advocacy, and Corporate/Commercial) by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Cynthia has been practising law for 21 years, primarily in the areas of Indigenous Law. To qualify for the Certified […]

by pmnationtalk on October 19, 201786 Views

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Why Gladue has not lived up to its promise for Indigenous justice – Macleans

Across the country, Gladue rights for Indigenous offenders are being ignored, underfunded or flat-out denied October 18, 2017 On May 8, 2015, when Jeremy Davies was charged with various crimes and looking at seven years in prison, no one told him he had the right to a Gladue report. He was aware of the option, […]

by pmnationtalk on October 19, 201736 Views

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Manitoba Commits to Significant Family Law Reform with a Focus on Wellness for Families

October 18, 2017 Advisory Committee Chaired by Allan Fineblit, Expert in Dispute Resolution and Former Long-time CEO of Law Society of Manitoba: Minister The Manitoba government is committing to reform the current family law system in Manitoba in order to make it more accessible, and improve wellness and outcomes for families, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson […]

by pmnationtalk on October 18, 201770 Views

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Re: Submission to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics on Bill C-58 — an Act to Amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to Other Acts

October 13, 2017 RE: SUBMISSION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PRIVACY & ETHICS ON BILL C-58 — AN ACT TO AMEND THE  ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT AND THE PRIVACY ACT AND TO MAKE CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO OTHER ACTS OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) wishes to express its concerns with respect to […]

by pmnationtalk on October 16, 201773 Views

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Dispute Resolution Professionals to Discuss Access to Justice in Canada

ST. JOHN’S, Oct. 13, 2017 – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC) will host current and former Supreme Court Justices, Ministers of Justice and renowned authors and experts in dispute resolution including indigenous leaders from across Canada for its 16th annual national conference: ADRIC 2017: ADR & Access to Justice. The conference will be held from October 19-20, 2017 at the St. […]

by pmnationtalk on October 13, 201760 Views

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Women’s advocates, defence counsel call for transparency from judiciary on sexual assault law training for judges – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 11, 2017 Defence counsel and women’s advocates are both calling on Canada’s judicial leaders to disclose details of how the judicial branch educates its members to handle sexual assault prosecutions. As part of her study in the Senate of Bill C-337 (the proposed Judicial Accountability through Sexual Assault Law Training Act) that was unanimously […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201753 Views

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New Detachment Commander for Watson Lake RCMP

October 6, 2017 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Yukon is pleased to announce the selection of a new Detachment Commander for Watson Lake Detachment. Following a selection process that included input from local partners, Sergeant Kent Langley was chosen as the Detachment Commander for Watson Lake RCMP. Sergeant Langley is originally from Mississauga, Ontario, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201770 Views

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Aboriginal Status and Rights – Civil actions and liabilities… – The Lawyer’s Daily

ABORIGINAL STATUS AND RIGHTS – Civil actions and liabilities – Historical grievances – Residential schools – Practice and procedure – Discovery – Evidence – Document retention and destruction – Settlements – Orders – Appeals October 10, 2017 Appeal from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal substantially affirming a decision that records from a […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201745 Views

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Corrections reform report draws cautious optimism from lawyers – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 10, 2017 The final report from Ontario’s independent corrections adviser, released Oct. 3, includes 62 recommendations to improve the prison system with human rights being the primary theme. “There will not be a ‘mission accomplished’ moment after which we can say the job is done. Ensuring fair, safe and humane corrections requires commitment every […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201745 Views

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Justice of the peace is subject of complaints over ‘scalped’ comment to Mi’kmaq lawyer – The Star

Two formal complaints have been filed over remarks made by Robert McNally, a justice of the peace in Kenora, to an Indigenous lawyer in bail court in August. Oct. 10, 2017 A Kenora justice of the peace is the subject of at least two formal complaints to Ontario’s JP oversight body for remarks he made […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201779 Views

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NAFTA 2.0: Time to get it right or kill it – Pamela Palmater – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 10, 2017 here is a long list of items that U.S. President Donald Trump has put on his “to kill” list, including Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, the Department of Education, immigration and most recently, NAFTA. Trump called the North American Free Trade Agreement the “worst trade deal ever made” in U.S. history and indicated he […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201743 Views

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President Jamie Cassels makes submission for Indigenous Law program to committee

October 4, 2017 University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels made a presentation before the House of Commons standing committee on finance meeting in Richmond today. Cassels’ appearance before the committee of MPs, part of government pre-budget consultations, was to consider UVic’s submission for financial support to create the proposed Indigenous Law Program and the Indigenous […]

by pmnationtalk on October 6, 201774 Views

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For true reconciliation, First Nations laws must be used: scholar – Times Colonist

Legal traditions of First Nations must be acknowledged, respected and brought into use before real reconciliation can happen between all of Canada’s peoples, says a UVic legal scholar. “True reconciliation is only going to happen when peoples are represented in their fullness, not just in Canadian law but also Indigenous law,” said Val Napoleon, the […]

by ahnationtalk on October 6, 201768 Views

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Alberta releases proposed legalized cannabis rules, sets 18 as minimum age – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 4, 2017 12:37 CALGARY _ Alberta is proposing to make 18 the minimum age to use cannabis when new laws liberalizing marijuana kick in next summer. But the province hasn’t decided yet on whether to sell cannabis through government-run stores or through private operators. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Alberta residents will have just […]

by pmnationtalk on October 4, 201754 Views

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PM proposes federal excise tax on legal pot, sharing revenue with provinces – Advocate Daily

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue. Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would be subject to an excise […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201746 Views

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Law Society of Upper Canada votes to scrap half its name – Thestar.com

The regulatory body for Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals has voted to discard the “Upper Canada” part of its name. Sept. 28, 2017 The Law Society of Upper Canada will soon be no more. Or at least half of it won’t be. The body that regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals voted 38-11 Thursday to discard the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 29, 201754 Views

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Justice LaForme receives honorary LLD at Call to Bar ceremony

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2017 – The Law Society of Upper Canada today presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa (LLD), to The Honourable Harry S. LaForme at its Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201798 Views

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Robert Lapper to step down as Law Society CEO

Toronto, ON — Paul Schabas, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario), announced today that Robert Lapper has submitted his resignation as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lapper, in a statement to staff and stakeholders, said: “After almost six years as CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) I have decided that […]

by pmnationtalk on September 27, 201788 Views

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Media Advisory – Justice LaForme to receive honorary LLD at September 27 Call to Bar ceremony

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2017 – The Law Society of Upper Canada will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to The Honourable Harry S. LaForme at its Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto on September 27. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law, or the cause […]

by pmnationtalk on September 25, 201798 Views

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Aboriginal Lands – Types – Reserve lands – Constitutional issues – Federal v. provincial jurisdiction – The Lawyer’s Daily

Appeal by a tenant from an order granting the landlord possession of a trailer pad. The landlord held a certificate of possession in respect of certain trailer park lands leased from the federal government. The tenant was a party to a tenancy agreement with respect to a lot within the landlord’s trailer park. The tenant […]

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201764 Views

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Recapture of inmate from Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

From Correctional Service Canada September 22, 2017 – Harrison Mills, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada At approximately 7:50 a.m. on September 22, 2017 inmate Ralph Radford Courchene returned to the institution and has been apprehended. This inmate had escaped from Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village, a minimum security federal institution, on September 21, 2017. While reviewing […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 2017157 Views

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Young man goes missing in Southeast Vancouver – The Georgia Straight

September 22nd, 2017 Vancouver police are hoping the public can help them find a 27-year-old male who hasn’t been seen since Tuesday (September 19) morning. Matthew Lebel left his home in the area near Marine Drive and Kerr Street without his cellphone or wallet. He’s 5’10”, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. […]

by ahnationtalk on September 22, 2017208 Views

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New Roads to Riches – Lexpert

In a depressed market for commodities, mining companies will have to rely on government funding, P3s and the ambition of local communities to get their projects off the ground. THE CANADIAN MINING INDUSTRY’S success depends on its capacity to move its output to markets efficiently, at competitive prices and via modern infrastructure such as railways, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 22, 2017164 Views

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Escape from Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

September 21, 2017 – Harrison Mills, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada On September 21, 2017 during the 18:30 count, staff members at Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village, a minimum security federal institution, discovered that Ralph Radford Courchene was not accounted for. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Chilliwack detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and a […]

by pmnationtalk on September 22, 2017217 Views

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Hunting, fishing and Logging Rights – Hunting, fishing or trapping – Purpose – For sale… – The Lawyer’s Daily

HUNTING, FISHING AND LOGGING RIGHTS – Hunting, fishing or trapping – Purpose – For sale – Offences and penalties – Constitutional issues – Recognition of existing aboriginal and treaty rights Appeal by the Crown from a decision staying charges against Reynolds under the Fish and Wildlife Act. Reynolds was an Aboriginal person entitled to hunt […]

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 2017154 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for the week ending September 17th – Bruce McIvor

September 17, 2017 UNDRIP turned 10 years old. UNDRIP at 10: Are we making progress in the global fight for Indigenous rights? Genuine partnerships still needed on 10th anniversary of UN Indigenous declaration: B.C. First Nations Now is the time for Ottawa to create a path to progress with Indigenous people Nothing for Indigenous people […]

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 2017253 Views

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Adoption – Considerations – Best interests of child – Child’s cultural heritage – Contest between relatives and strangers – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 15, 2017 Appeal by the child’s biological mother from an adoption order granted in the respondents’ favour. The child, a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy, was taken into care by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (Ministry) at birth, when cocaine was detected in his blood stream. He remained in the Ministry’s care for five […]

by ahnationtalk on September 15, 2017280 Views

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Police report repeated damage to Enbridge pipeline project in Hamilton – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 14, 2017 By Michelle McQuigge THE CANADIAN PRESS Hamilton police are investigating multiple instances of tampering at an oil pipeline project in the city. Investigators provided few details about the incidents involving the Line 10 pipeline, which runs through Hamilton and is owned by Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). The damage consisted of holes […]

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 2017145 Views

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Canada’s first transgender judge being his ‘authentic self’ – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 13, 2017 When Kael McKenzie was named to the Manitoba provincial court in 2015 his appointment was reported by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and numerous other media outlets. What made the seemingly routine announcement so newsworthy: McKenzie was Canada’s first self-identified transgender member of the judiciary. While his appointment […]

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 201794 Views

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A pathway for climate change litigation in Canada – CBA National Magazine

September 11, 2017 Earlier this summer the Supreme Court of Canada handed down two rulings clarifying how regulatory bodies, such as the National Energy Board, can fulfill the Crown’s duty to consult. The Clyde River and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation rulings are noteworthy in that the top court has recognized that evaluating cumulative […]

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 2017138 Views

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Man dies during altercation with police on reserve northeast of Edmonton – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 7, 2017 11:00 ST. PAUL, Alta. _ The agency that investigates serious incidents involving police in Alberta has been called after a man died on a reserve northeast of Edmonton. RCMP say they were called to a home on the Whitefish Lake First Nation on Wednesday night because a man was causing a disturbance […]

by pmnationtalk on September 7, 2017164 Views

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Yellowknife RCMP request assistance to locate missing female youth – Alexis Christian

Yellowknife RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Alexis Christian. Early Friday around 3:00 am, RCMP received a call stating that Christian had left home on foot Wednesday night around 9:30 and had not returned. Christian is described as an Aboriginal female with brown hair, brown eyes and possibly wearing a blue & […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2017208 Views

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Eskasoni RCMP investigating home invasion

On September 2 at 11:45 p.m., Eskasoni RCMP responded to a call indicating two men forced their way into a home on Cremo’s Lane. They rushed at a man who was inside the home, and then assaulted the man and a woman who was also in the home. At one point the woman fell, nearly […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2017151 Views

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Limited sentencing: How judges can affect crime rates – Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 05, 2017 In previous columns, we have presented evidence that imprisonment does not deter crime any more effectively than less harsh sentences. And we discussed the fact that people who are sent to prison are not less likely to reoffend than similar people who manage to get a sentence not involving prison. Notwithstanding these […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2017188 Views

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No Inuit on Nunavut law program selection committee – CBC

Unsuccessful candidates say Inuit need to be on committee and in the classroom Sep 05, 2017 Concerns are being raised about the admissions process for the new law degree program at Nunavut Arctic College, which is set to start classes next week. CBC News has learned there were no Inuit on the student selection committee, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2017124 Views

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Faculty of Law hopes to revive summer program that inspired Indigenous teens to pursue law – U of T

August 24, 2017 ‘I learned so much about my culture, Aboriginal law, and myself,’ one participant says One participant says he loved learning about Aboriginal law. Another hopes to gain the legal training needed to defend Indigenous land rights. A third is interested in becoming a criminal lawyer. These are just some of the Indigenous teens […]

by ahnationtalk on August 30, 2017122 Views

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