Quebec chips away at government transparency

January 4, 2017

Quebec, once a pioneer that lead the movement towards greater government transparency, is now among the least transparent provinces in Canada after successive provincial governments introduced more than 150 legislative exemptions that undermined the province’s […]

Report urges overhaul of Quebec megatrials

December 21, 2016

A cultural change that emphasizes collaboration between all players of Quebec’s criminal justice system is the only way to ensure that costly and unwieldly megatrials do not end up in fiascos, according to a well-received […]

Quebec criminal justice plagued by delays

May 10, 2016

Quebec’s justice system will require more money and human resources, need to make more use of  technological advances to efficiently deal with routine appearances, and prioritize and encourage timely resolution of cases to be able […]

Independence of Quebec administrative judges in question, says report

July 4, 2014

An absence of clear rules in the nomination process of Quebec administrative tribunal adjudicators allows for partisan influence, compromises their independence, potentially raises questions over their impartiality, and casts doubt over the integrity of a system that directly or indirectly affects all Quebecers, according to a recently published report that calls for a common, uniform regime that would apply to all adjudicators. […]

Code of Civil Procedure being overhauled

October 15, 2013

A decade after reforming the Code of Civil Procedure based on the principle of proportionality, Quebec intends to overhaul it once again in order to establish a more rapid, more efficient and less costly civil justice that would improve access to justice and increase public confidence in the justice system. […]

Appeal court provides guidance on contempt of court

April 2, 2013

The use of contempt of court in civil proceedings will likely diminish over time as judges begin to exercise discretionary powers to redress abuse of process under legislation originally designed to thwart SLAPPs, or strategic lawsuits against public participation, observed the Quebec Court of Appeal. […]

Open data: The value of openness

June 16, 2012

When Bing Thom Architects set out to investigate the effects of rising sea levels in Vancouver, the firm decided to gather crucial information about the shoreline from the city’s open data web portal. The study ultimately painted a sobering view of the potential impact of climate change: more than $25-billion in Vancouver real estate would be “negatively affected” by a rise in the sea level in the 21st century, excluding infrastructure such as roads, sewers, and electrical facilities. But the research also underscored the value of open government data: information that is collected by government for its own purpose and made available to the public for its own use. […]

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