Proposed changes to impaired driving laws raises red flags: lawyer

The changes outlined in Bill C-46, currently before Parliament alongside the marijuana legalization legislation, are raising a number of red flags for legal experts.

February 28, 2018

Discredited hair-testing program harmed vulnerable families across Ontario: report

An independent commission tasked with examining the Motherisk hair-testing program says the child welfare system's reliance on the analysis was "manifestly unfair and harmful."

February 26, 2018

Prison watchdog blasts handling of female inmates with mental health issues

There is no standalone treatment facility for federal female inmates. A woman with mental illness can be transferred to an all-male treatment centre in conditions that are far from therapeutic.

November 01, 2017

Ashley Smith's mother continues fight for justice 10 years after prison death

Her mother says Ashley spent most of her time alone, in what Correctional Service Canada called the 'Therapeutic Quiet Unit.' In other words, solitary confinement or segregation.

October 24, 2017

5 new traffic laws that will affect drivers as of Sept. 1

The province of Ontario will introduce a new set of traffic laws on Tuesday as part of its efforts to make driving safer in the province.

August 31, 2017

Hoskins announces new mental health workers for troubled Pikangikum First Nation

The mental health workers will be going to the reserve, located near the Ontario and Manitoba border, immediately, at a cost of about $1.6 million dollars, Ontario Health Minister Hoskins said.

July 24, 2017

Ombudsman investigating if vulnerable women, kids getting tax benefits

Canada's taxpayers' advocate says the Canada Revenue Agency isn't doing a good enough job ensuring women living in shelters with their children are aware of and receiving benefit cheques.

July 17, 2017

How provinces have tried to speed up the justice system since the Jordan ruling

Provinces have brought in new procedures to speed up the justice system following last year's Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the Jordan case, which set tight time limits for trials.

July 06, 2017

Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride

In September 2013, the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario released a report that counted 219 confirmed or suspected cases of forced marriage in Ontario and Quebec from 2010 to 2012.

June 23, 2017

Government bringing sexual assault law up to speed with the courts, times

To bring legislation up to date, the Liberal government is changing sexual assault law to make it clear that an unconscious person cannot consent to sexual activity. 

June 06, 2017

EI parental benefits denied aunt caring for orphaned nephew

Only parents who are caring for a newborn or newly adoptive parent are eligible. 

May 29, 2017

Court hearing landmark challenge to indefinite immigration detention

The court will have to decide whether or not continued detention under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act violates Section 7 and Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

May 16, 2017

Health Canada proposing smoking ban in apartments, raising legal age to 21

Ottawa is considering new anti-tobacco guidelines that could ban smoking inside apartments and on post-secondary school campuses, as well as raise the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21.

February 27, 2017

Ontario attorney general seeks Ottawa's help to speed up justice system

The requests come following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision on the constitutionally guaranteed right to be tried within a reasonable time.

February 23, 2017

AIDS Committee of Toronto spokesperson says he's 'horrified' by cop's 'irresponsible' comment

Toronto police issued an apology over the incident in a series of tweets Wednesday night.

January 26, 2017

Women face heavier burden of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure, advocates say

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the consent someone gives to sexual activity can be considered null and void if a partner fails to disclose, or lies about, his or her HIV status.

January 17, 2017

Federal government launch review of issues left out of assisted dying law

Previously left out were Canadians suffering strictly from mental illnesses, mature minors, and those with competence-eroding conditions who want to make advance requests.

December 14, 2016

Place age restriction on legal pot, protect youth: Canadian Paediatric Society

The Canadian Paediatric Society is urging the federal government to take steps to protect children and youth should it follow through on its plan to legalize recreational marijuana next year.

November 24, 2016

CSIS broke law by keeping sensitive metadata, Federal Court rules

The metadata kept is said to have included data trails related to people such as friends or family members who knew targets of surveillance but were not themselves under investigation.

November 04, 2016

People cheated by lawyers in Ontario eligible for up to $500K in compensation

In recommending the higher cap, a committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada tasked with the issue noted the last increase was in 2008, at which the time the limit was set at $150,000.

September 26, 2016