Algorithmic policing risks intensifying systemic racism, harm privacy and Charter rights: report

A new report on algorithmic policing technologies is calling for a moratorium on their use until the Government carries out a comprehensive examination of their human rights implications and necessary legal reforms. The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of […]

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: Sept. 2 update

Welcome to this week’s roundup of movements among major law firms, in which we sum up significant hires, promotions, departures and other announcements. bakerlaw The Toronto-based firm has appointed Kimberly Srivastava as its new managing partner. Srivastava is a litigator who has participated in cases with issues involving human rights, education accommodation, disability accommodation and […]

More healthcare deals to come under Investment Act scrutiny in wake of Covid-19: Stikeman lawyer

The federal government’s intention to scrutinize foreign investments in the Canadian healthcare industry in a post-pandemic world underscores the importance of assessing any potential national security concerns early on in the deal making process, says Michael Laskey, a partner in Stikeman Elliott’s Competition & Foreign Investment Group. “We’re going to see [the government] take a […]

Four late-stage cancer patients granted legal exemption to use magic mushrooms for therapy

Federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu has approved the application by four terminal Canadian cancer patients to use psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms or shrooms, for their end-of-life therapy. The patients’ application invoked s. 56 (1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, SC 1996, c 19, which gives the federal health minister the […]

Personal costs ordered for trustees who showed ‘persistent lack of self-awareness’

In a recent case before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a testamentary trustee and estate trustee both sought costs following their conduct during the litigation that the court described as showing a “continued and persistent lack of self-awareness.” Cardinal v. Perreault, 2020 ONSC 4825 involved the issue of costs in two court applications in […]

UManitoba Law names David Asper as acting dean

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law has announced the appointment of David Asper as its acting dean, effective July 1. Asper is a criminal defence litigator, known for acting on behalf of David Milgaard in the prominent wrongful conviction case. In 2019, he received a designation as Queen’s Counsel from the Province of Manitoba. […]

Legal tech company releases toolkit summarizing e-filing requirements across Canada

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts have been allowing e-filing more as a way to prevent physical contact through expanding its use of technology. Toronto legal research software provider CiteRight saw a need and has just filled it with the launch of a free e-filing toolkit. The toolkit summarizes the requirements for e-filing […]

Brad Regehr becomes first Indigenous president of CBA

Winnipeg lawyer Brad Regehr has become the first Indigenous president of the Canadian Bar Association, assuming the office on Sept. 1. Regehr, who is a partner with Maurice Law in its Winnipeg office and practises Aboriginal law, civil litigation and administrative law, told Canadian Lawyer that he will continue the CBA’s strategic direction of focusing on young […]