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Quebec government appoints three new judges

June 14, 2017

The Quebec government is ramping its judicial appointments to ease the growing backlog of cases in the justice system. Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée announced the appointment of three new Court of Quebec judges, making […]

Four charged with lobbying offenses

June 13, 2017

A week after the Quebec Lobbyists’ Commissioner implored the provincial government to strengthen, expand and simplify the province’s lobby laws, and on the eve of his retirement, four lobbyists were charged with infringing the Lobbying […]

Family law reform dropped by Quebec government

June 1, 2017

A government-mandated committee report that called for sweeping reforms of Quebec’s family law regime has all but been sidelined, making it the second the comprehensive report that the Quebec government has quietly shelved over the […]

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Ottawa’s new anti-terror bill to limit powers of spy agencies, offer more oversight.

 

Bill would boost federal information watchdog's powers but backpedals on a campaign promise to fully apply the Access to Information Act to ministerial offices.

 

Cannabis ‘backup plan’ in the works if provinces unable to regulate by deadline.

 

Quebec man found guilty of trying to join ISIS, in a case that legal experts say is a major test of Canada's anti-terrorism laws. Mr. Big in action.

 

A woman who stabbed her seven-year-old daughter to death has been found not criminally responsible.

 

Unanimous SCC confirms Jordan framework on trial delays. The Cody ruling can be read here.

 

The super-rich are even richer than we thought, according to a new study which can be downloaded here. It relies on data leaked from the HSBC files and the Panama Papers.

 

Inside the Algorithm That Tries to Predict Gun Violence in Chicago. A good piece by the New York Times.

 

Thought-provoking opinion about automated criminal justice technologies.

 

Provincial police and Crown castigated for "reprehensible conduct" over disclosure of evidence by Quebec Superior Court judge who overturned guilty pleas and stayed proceedings against drug dealers associated with Hells Angels. Here's the ruling.

 

Montreal had the 11th highest rate of hate crimes in Canada in 2015 and experienced the second-highest year-over-year increase in hate crimes of any major Canadian city, according to Statistics Canada.

 

Nine out of 10 UK lawyers say they are being forced to halt work on cases at least once every two weeks as their clients lack the funds to cover their legal costs.

 

Top-ranking law firms operating in Quebec, according to business publication Les Affaires.

Notices

"Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadian"

The Quebec government releases English version of document on opening constitutional talks: "Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadian." It can be downloaded here.

 

Quebec Court of Appeal's Guide to Legal Citation

The guide aims to provide the legal community with standardized writing and reference rules. While the rules are not mandatory, the Court "invites" lawyers and litigants to use the rules when writing pleadings, briefs or memoranda they submit to the Court. It's in French only but it does have a useful bilingual lexicon. It can be downloaded here.

 

2017 CASL Survey Report

Fasken Martineau and the Direct Marketing Association of Canada released the results of their first CASL (Canada's anti-spam legislation) Survey Report. The report reveals the extent to which organizations understand CASL and have implemented effective compliance strategies and programs. It can be downloaded here.

 

Case Management of Patent Damages and Remedies

The Sedona Conference Working Group 9 published Commentary on Case Management of Patent Damages and Remedies Issues: Section on Patent Damages Hearings. It can be downloaded here.

 

New OHRC report reinforces concerns about racial profiling

A new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) confirms that racial profiling is a daily reality that damages communities and undermines trust in public institutions. It can be read here or downloaded here.

 

Former UN Special Rapporteur launches research tool

Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai launched FOAA Online, a web-based legal research tool that includes a collection of legal arguments on assembly and association rights. The ready-made legal arguments, which are based on international law, standards and principles, can assist lawyers, activists and judges involved in freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association (FOAA) cases. It can be accessed here.