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2016 annual report: Supporting law students to serve the public – The Law Foundation of Ontario

For close to 45 years, The Law Foundation of Ontario and Ontario’s law schools have been partners in helping to advance access to justice. The Foundation’s latest annual report focuses on this partnership and, in particular, the ways that the Foundation’s leadership and granting have supported law students to serve the public, bringing tangible legal […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 201829 Views

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West Coast Leaf: BC Court Rules Solitary Confinement violates the Charter

January 17, 2018 VANCOUVER – This morning, the BC Supreme Court released its judgment in an historic court case challenging the use of solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons. Justice Peter Leask found the prolonged and indefinite segregation of federal prisoners violates their rights to life, liberty, and security of the person (s. 7 of the Charter) and discriminates […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 201825 Views

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2018 call for applications for Responsive grants – The Law Foundation of Ontario

Are you a nonprofit organization with an idea to improve access to justice for Ontarians? Then apply for a Responsive grant. The Responsive grants program enables the Foundation to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. Each year the program includes one round of major grants (up to $100,000) and […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 201814 Views

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The Duty to Consult at the Supreme Court in 2017: Part 2 – Accommodation – First Peoples Law

January 18, 2018 This is the second part of my review of the development of the duty to consult at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2017. In Part 1 I outlined the Court’s principles underlying the delegation of the duty to administrative tribunals and considered potential implications. Below, I consider the issue of accommodation. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 18, 201822 Views

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RCMP launches new Auxiliary program for volunteers

For over half a century, RCMP Auxiliaries have volunteered their time contributing to community policing and crime prevention across Canada. Following extensive consultation with Auxiliaries, provincial, territorial and municipal partners and other stakeholders, the RCMP is implementing a new model that includes three tiers. Provinces and territories will be able to choose one or a […]

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 201826 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – First Peoples Law

January 14, 2018 Cannabis, Aboriginal rights and economic development are a hot topic across the country. First Nations entrepreneurs are asserting sovereignty and seizing the new cannabis economy First Nations in Saskatchewan question provincial cannabis sales jurisdiction The Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia continues to cast a long shadow. 20 months remain to […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 201822 Views

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The Duty to Consult at the Supreme Court in 2017: Part 1-Delegation – First Peoples Law

January 10, 2018 In 2017 the Supreme Court released four decisions which elaborated on the substance and application of the duty to consult and accommodate (Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo-Services, 2017 SCC 40; Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines, 2017 SCC 41; First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v. Yukon, 2017 […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201833 Views

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Lawyers support Guatemalan colleague in fight against Canadian silver mine

TORONTO, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 – Canadian lawyers and international organizations are asking the Canadian and Guatemalan governments to ensure the safety of Guatemalan lawyer Rafael Maldonado in a fight against Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources, said Shin Imai, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and counsel to the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 5, 201839 Views

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Sexual harassment, cannabis are top legal risks in Canada this year: law firm – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jan 4, 2018 15:58 By Ross Marowits THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL _ The hot button issues of sexual harassment in the workplace and cannabis legalization joined a leading Canadian law firm’s annual top 10 list of legal risks for businesses in 2018. Borden Ladner Gervais LLP included sexual harassment in its annual list of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 5, 201858 Views

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Indigenous Bar Association Committed To Empowering Indigenous Peoples to Meaningfully Exercise Their Right to Belong To an Indigenous Community or Nation

INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION COMMITTED TO EMPOWERING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO MEANINGFULLY EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO BELONG TO AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY OR NATION Ottawa, ON – On December 12, 2017, Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général) received Royal Assent.  […]

by pmnationtalk on January 5, 2018114 Views

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BLG foresees Top 10 Legal Risks for Business in 2018

Toronto (January 3, 2018) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to release its annual thought leadership report, forecasting the top 10 legal risks for business in 2018. Visit blg.com/top10 to download the publication. BLG’s Top 10 Legal Risks for Business in 2018 report features commentary from the firm’s lawyers on the many legal challenges Canadian businesses are likely […]

by pmnationtalk on January 4, 201826 Views

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Exceptional lawyers recognized with Queen’s counsel designation

December 20, 2017 VICTORIA – Attorney General David Eby has announced the 2017 recipients of the honorary title of Queen’s counsel (QC). “I’m honoured to congratulate this year’s QC designation recipients,” Eby said. “Each appointee has earned this very special honour by demonstrating a superb record of achievement and commitment to our province’s legal system. […]

by pmnationtalk on December 21, 201761 Views

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McLachlin reflects on legacy at final press conference – Canadian Lawyer Mag

Post-retirement, McLachlin hopes to “push this project of access to justice forward” in the area of family law in particular. December 18, 2017 Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin ended her tenure in that role in the same way she began it: with a news conference. “When I became chief justice [in 2000], […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 201734 Views

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Interim board of directors for National Council for Reconciliation named – The Lawyer’s Daily

December 18, 2017 In an effort to advance Canada’s commitment to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (CTA), the federal government appointed six members to the interim board of directors for the National Council for Reconciliation. Of the six, four hold law degrees. Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, a former commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 201737 Views

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Justice Abella Cites Work Undone with Indigenous Peoples, Minorities and the Poor – Carleton U

“Integration based on difference, equality based on inclusion despite difference, and compassion based on respect.” These principles, says Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella, form the moral core of Canada’s national values. “That approach, our respect for differences, is why Canada is the most successful practitioner of multiculturalism in the world,” Abella said in a speech […]

by pmnationtalk on December 14, 201752 Views

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Good advocacy ‘exceptionally’ important to Supreme Court’s incoming judge Martin – The Lawyer’s Daily

December 13, 2017 Litigators take note: the Supreme Court of Canada’s latest nominee says she sets great store by incisive legal advocacy that helps her to do her job. “I find oral argument fascinating and very persuasive,” said Justice Sheilah Martin a former University of Calgary law dean, who spent nine years in private practice […]

by pmnationtalk on December 13, 201748 Views

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Council of Yukon First Nations hosts training for Gladue report writing – Yukon News

CYFN hopes the training will be ongoing help build a reserve of Gladue writers in the Yukon Organizers of a workshop in Whitehorse that trained participants on writing Gladue reports, which help shape sentencing decisions for Indigenous offenders, are hoping it’s the first step in building a much-needed reserve of Gladue writers in the Yukon. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 8, 201769 Views

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Commentary: SCC decision on Peel watershed in Yukon another win for First Nations – The Northern Miner

First Nations have just won an important lawsuit at the Supreme Court of Canada on account that the Yukon government had tried to do an end-run on their land claim settlements. Readers who have followed my tracking of the native legal winning streak in Canada will be familiar with my preferred wording of “Land Rights” […]

by ahnationtalk on December 7, 201771 Views

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Grand Council Of The Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/cree Nation Government Congratulates Edith Cloutier Honored By Québec’s Prix De La Justice

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (December 5, 2017) – Recognized for her commitment and leadership with urban Aboriginal people, Edith Cloutier was honored today at the National Assembly with the highest honorary distinction in the field of law, the Prix de la justice du Québec. Edith’s unique contributions in the last 30 years of her career with […]

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201775 Views

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B.C. not meeting women’s rights as established by UN: report card – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Dec 6, 2017 15:17 VANCOUVER _ A legal advocacy group says British Columbia is falling short of meeting targets set by the United Nations on women’s rights. The annual report card released by West Coast LEAF says the province is missing targets in a UN convention aimed at eliminating all forms of discrimination against women […]

by pmnationtalk on December 6, 201761 Views

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BC still not making the grade in women’s equality, despite modest improvements

December 6, 2017 VANCOUVER – Today, West Coast LEAF released its ninth annual report card on the rights of women in BC. While BC has pulled up its grade in seven of the nine key areas this year, the report card still shows a serious need for improvement in order to fulfill international commitments on […]

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201761 Views

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Justice minister says Indigenous judge for Supreme Court coming ‘soon’ – The Lawyer’s Daily

December 05, 2017 An Indigenous jurist will be appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada “soon,” maybe even to the next opening, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Prime Minister Kim Campbell told MPs. The justice minister and Campbell, chair of the non-partisan advisory committee which shortlisted Supreme Court nominee Sheilah Martin for the top […]

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201769 Views

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New video helps Indigenous people in Ontario know their human rights

New video helps Indigenous people in Ontario know their human rights (Toronto, ON) December 1, 2017 – The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) release a new educational video Friday, December 1 – Defending your human rights in Ontario – what you need to know. The […]

by pmnationtalk on December 1, 2017107 Views

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Indigenous Bar Association Once More Expresses Its Disappointment with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Failure to Nominate an Indigenous Candidate to the Supreme Court of Canada

INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION ONCE MORE EXPRESSES ITS DISAPPOINTMENT WITH PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FAILURE TO NOMINATE AN INDIGENOUS CANDIDATE TO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA Ottawa, ON – On November 29th, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his nominee, Justice Sheilah Martin, to the Supreme Court of Canada. While not impugning the suitability of Ms. […]

by pmnationtalk on November 29, 2017158 Views

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First Nations lawyers upset over Trudeau’s Supreme Court pick – Macleans.ca

Trudeau appointed Sheilah Martin—and not an Indigenous jurist—to the top court. Some see it as a missed opportunity. Some prominent First Nations lawyers are disappointed and frustrated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision not to appoint an Indigenous judge to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada left by the retirement of Chief […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201761 Views

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Supreme Court of Canada hears Trinity Western law school appeals

November 29, 2017 OTTAWA – Tomorrow, West Coast LEAF is at the Supreme Court of Canada to support the Law Society of British Columbia’s (LSBC) decision to deny accreditation to a proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU), an evangelical Christian university located in British Columbia, which requires its students and employees to sign […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201763 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for the week ending November 26th. – First People’s Law

November 26, 2017 By Bruce McIvor Here’s our report for the week ending November 26th. In the News In an important about-face, the federal government announced its support for legislation implementing UNDRIP. Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill Canada poised to […]

by pmnationtalk on November 27, 201779 Views

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Escalating Indigenous Gang Violence Poses a Challenge to the New Federal Anti-Gang Initiative

SASKATOON, SK – November 20, 2017 – The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples welcomes the announcement by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, that the federal government will spend $327.6 million over five years on anti-gang initiatives, as well as a gun crime crackdown. “We have a long way to go to slow […]

by pmnationtalk on November 23, 201774 Views

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Legal Ease, Nov. 23 – Nunatsiaq online

November 23, 2017 I was recently approached by someone who thought he needed a lawyer. He began by telling me he needed to talk to me about an assault. I assumed he was charged with assault but, as it turned out, he was the victim of an assault. He had gone to the RCMP and […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 201763 Views

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NSBS: 2017 Distinguished Service Award: Bruce Wildsmith QC

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that Bruce H. Wildsmith QCof Barss Corner, Lunenburg County will receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Bruce is legal counsel with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuquan Negotiation Office. His pursuit of Mi’kmaw access to natural resources and Treaty rights has resulted […]

by pmnationtalk on November 22, 201771 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for the week ending November 19th – First People’s Law

November 19, 2017 By Bruce McIvor Here’s our report for the week ending November 19th. In the News There is a disagreement in Saskatchewan over Sixties Scoop compensation and provincial responsibility. Opposition joins call for Sask. to compensate victims of Sixties Scoop Sask. government should pay $200M in compensation to Sixties Scoop survivors, says FSIN […]

by pmnationtalk on November 21, 201772 Views

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November 20, 2017 – Law Times

LEGAL ADVICE HELPLINE LAUNCHED In an effort to increase access to justice, Pro Bono Ontario has introduced a free legal advice hotline and it’s looking for more volunteer lawyers to take a shift on the phones. Since the soft launch of the hotline on Sept. 11, the hotline has helped more than 2,000 clients or an average […]

by pmnationtalk on November 20, 201746 Views

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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, 201760 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, 201756 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, 201788 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, 201761 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, 201783 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, 201769 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, 201793 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, 201791 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, 201778 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, 2017116 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, 201781 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, 2017103 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, 201769 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, 2017123 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, 2017154 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, 201770 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, 2017125 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, 2017123 Views

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