Public health officers walk fine line between public and politicians, scholars say

Bob Weber, The Canadian PressThu Nov 26 2020 EDMONTON — There’s a fine line between a public health officer’s duty to the people they serve and their duty to the elected officials who appoint them, scholars say. But they add governments should be clear about what’s science and what’s politics. And no one should be […]

Top Saskatchewan class-action lawyer slapped with eight-month suspension

By the Canadian PressFri Oct 02 2020, 14:44:03 A high profile Saskatchewan lawyer has been handed a stiff eight-month suspension for threatening an Indigenous residential school survivor into using some of her compensation proceeds to cover legal bills incurred by her son. In a stinging rebuke, the province’s law society lambasted Tony Merchant for actions […]

Housing insecurity in Hamilton during COVID – the legal tensions

CHALLENGING THE LAW  The city of Hamilton voted overwhelmingly in favour of challenging a court injunction whose purpose is preventing the dismantling of ‘homeless encampments’.   The Superior Court extended an injunction in early August to prevent the removal of individuals and temporary shelters in Hamilton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent intensification of […]

Quebec issues provincewide street check guidelines; rights groups raise concerns

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian PressSat Aug 22 2020 15:15 MONTREAL — The Quebec government has issued provincewide guidelines to police forces regarding street checks, but the policy is raising concerns from various rights groups. Quebec’s Public Security Department released the guidelines Friday afternoon, in a four−page document that stipulates the practice of stopping of […]

St. John’s Roman Catholic corporation liable for abuses at orphanage appeals court

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s highest court says the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s is financially liable for sexual abuse at the Mount Cashel orphanage in the 1950s. St. John’s Catholic archdiocese must now pay about $2 million to the four lead plaintiffs, said Geoff Budden, the victims’ lawyer, on Wednesday. […]