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The price of DIY law is too high for everybody

Most people are in courtrooms at their worst times, especially in custody and access cases. Increasingly, even middle-class Canadians are without lawyers to help because the costs are too high.

September 19, 2017

Ian Mulgrew: Legal system problems cost Canadians billions

The data produced by the Cost of Justice project (2011-2017) should be driving widespread law reform, says this Vancouver Sun columnist.

June 28, 2016

Immigration minister reviewing refugee loan program

The Liberal government will consider reforming a loan program that requires refugees to cover the hefty cost of their flights to Canada, Immigration Minister John McCallum said Friday.

November 30, 2015

Live-in Caregiver Program faces nine questions

Are too many foreign domestic caregivers are coming to work only for their extended families? Does LCP lead to poor economic outcomes? Has it become a "hidden form of family reunification?"

May 27, 2014

Petition calls for independent review of CBSA powers, Mexican woman's death

Rights organizations, opposition MPs, and lawyers say the Canada Border Services Agency needs more oversight.

February 06, 2014

Ministry gives law program at Trinity Western final approval

Critics wondered if a private Christian university that bans homosexual activity among students and faculty can foster a non-discriminatory environment.

December 19, 2013

Anti-spam law set for Canada after years of lobbyist-induced delays

Canada Day, 2014, will usher in ban on identity theft, phishing, and spyware.

December 05, 2013

Internal memo details tough treatment of would-be refugees

Canadian border officials prepared for a more aggressive approach to dealing with marine refugee claimants in 2010, saying their earlier approach had been "less effective than it could have been."

September 30, 2013

Battle over workplace drug tests just heating up following court ruling

More and more Canadians are being asked to prove, in the name of safety, that they are sober and not addled before clocking in at work.

July 03, 2013

Federal librarians fear being 'muzzled' under new code of conduct

Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences, or speak up at public meetings on their own time are engaging in "high risk" activities, according to the new code of conduct at Library and Archives Canada.

March 18, 2013

Help inadequate for young Canadians with mental illness

In this article, mental health care for young people is characterized as "an orphan in the already orphaned mental health system."

February 06, 2013

Feds consider electronic bracelets to track failed refugees

The House of Commons' public safety committee has recommended electronic ankle bracelets as a way to curb the number of denied refugee claimants who don't comply with removal orders.

September 27, 2012

First nations grossly under-represented on juries

This Vancouver Sun editorial discusses the disproportionately high number of First Nations people in Canadian prisons and their under-representation on juries.

August 25, 2011

Lawsuit targets '60s scoop' of aboriginal children

A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of some of the thousands of First Nations people adopted out during the "60s scoop."

August 24, 2011

Governor-general says judges and lawyers must work to regain public trust

Canada's lawyers and judges are losing sight of their commitments to justice and the public good, and the profession must reform itself and rebuild the trust of ordinary citizens, says Governor-General David Johnston.

August 16, 2011

Courts divided on Islamic divorce law

In a handful of cases across the country, judges are put in the often difficult position of enforcing Canadian contract law while remaining sensitive to cultural and religious traditions. The rulings so far have been divided.

August 03, 2011

Canada to scrap one avenue for refugees

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has put forward a proposal to eliminate one of the three classes Canada uses to resettle refugees. The source-country class allows residents of designated countries to apply directly to Canada for refugee status from inside those countries.

March 21, 2011

Canadian courts overriding immigration officials on deportation of fearful women

Five women seeking to remain in Canada because of well-founded fears for their safety in their home countries have had their applications rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board or officers of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Now, in the past month, the Federal Court has overturned all five decisions and ordered new hearings.

February 28, 2011