Pulse

  • June 14, 2024

    New chief commissioner of Canadian Human Rights Commission announced

    Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Arif Virani announced on June 14, 2024, the appointment of Birju Dattani as chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), effective Aug. 8, 2024,

  • June 14, 2024

    Law requires Ottawa to roll out national strategy to combat ‘environmental racism’ within two years

    Calling it “a significant milestone in the fight for environmental justice,” the federal Green party hailed the imminent enactment of its “groundbreaking” private member’s bill that requires Ottawa to roll out within two years a “national strategy” to mitigate the harmful fallout from “environmental racism” — which the party said disproportionately exposes marginalized, racialized and Indigenous communities to environmental hazards.

  • June 14, 2024

    2 Pushor Mitchell articling students promoted to associates

    Pushor Mitchell LLP recently announced the addition of two new associates to its team. Leah Sorge and Colin Grimard were both called to the B.C. bar in 2024 and completed their articling at Pushor Mitchell.

  • June 14, 2024

    Providing value to the difficult client | Jacob Murad

    Many lawyers (myself included) over the course of any practice, run into issues withdrawing from representing and terminating a difficult client. (A recent example of this was when Peter Nygard’s defence lawyer asked to be removed as his counsel just before his sentencing for sexual assault, reportedly due to a “breakdown and loss of confidence in the solicitor-client relationship.”)

  • June 14, 2024

    Real losers in prison case? Taxpayers, clogged court system | John L. Hill

    For many individuals accused of a crime, the decision to plead guilty is often a means to end their interaction with the criminal justice system. Some may pay a fine or complete community service, considering the matter closed.

  • June 13, 2024

    New asset freezes, entry bans & export prohibitions target Russian war of aggression against Ukraine

    Canada has aimed new sanctions and export prohibitions at participants in Russia’s military-industrial complex, in a co-ordinated move with other countries on the first day of the G7’s three-day summit in Italy.

  • June 13, 2024

    RCMP External Review Committee chair reappointed

    A June 12 news release from Public Safety Canada announced that Minister of Public Safety Dominic LeBlanc had reappointed Charles Randall Smith as chairperson of the RCMP External Review Committee. The appointment is effective June 18, 2024, for a five-year term.

  • June 13, 2024

    Liberal government unveils in Commons ‘2030 Nature Strategy’ and proposed Nature Accountability Act

    The minority Liberal government’s newly proposed Nature Accountability Act would hold Ottawa “accountable to make progress” (but not via an enforceable legal mechanism) toward the goal of protecting at least 30 per cent of Canada’s lands and waters by 2030, says federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault.

  • June 13, 2024

    New associate joins Heinen Hutchison Robitaille

    A recent news release from Heinen Hutchison Robitaille LLP announced the addition of new associate Jacob Roth to the firm’s criminal practice.

  • June 13, 2024

    Inexcusable: Associate chairs missing in action | Voy Stelmaszynski

    The absence of permanent, competent associate chairs at Tribunals Ontario spells disaster for each adjudicative tribunal and betrays a lack of commitment to providing leadership when and where it is most needed. Why are there ongoing vacancies in key leadership positions at Tribunals Ontario?