Monthly Archives: January 2009

City revives bylaw aimed at campers

By Bill Cleverley and Judith Lavoie, Times ColonistJanuary 30, 2009 8:00 AM     Victoria is once again on its way to having a bylaw restricting daytime camping in city parks. Councillors unanimously voted last evening to amend the parks…

Supreme Court judge says access to justice often blocked

Sunny Dhillon, THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER, B.C. – Canada’s highest ranking judge says there is a profound disconnect between the ideal of the right to justice and the reality that many people face. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme…

Ottawa’s 51 day transit strike finally ends

Mohammed Adam, Canwest News Service  Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 OTTAWA — With the threat of federal back-to-work legislation looming, the City of Ottawa and its transit union pulled off an 11th-hour settlement Thursday to put an end to a 51-day-old…

New legislation to keep unsafe products off shelves

By Sarah Schmidt, Canwest News Service OTTAWA — Health Canada is banking on 45 more inspectors stationed across the country to help keep unsafe consumer products off store shelves as part of a new regime outlined in proposed product-safety legislation…

Irish Internet firm to shut off illegal music users

By Andras Gergely, Reuters January 29, 2009     DUBLIN – Irish Internet provider Eircom has agreed to disconnect users who download music illegally from the Web in a settlement with four major record companies that Irish media said was…

Police google farmers, find marijuana field

Associated Press January 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM EST ZURICH, Switzerland — Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company’s satellite mapping software. Police said the find was part…

Courts can rescue kids from an alienating parent

SARAH HAMPSON From Thursday’s Globe and Mail January 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM EST Judges in Canada are now omniscient parents, willing to practice tough love, even though the plan they rely on to help the children has no longitudinal…

Jails may hold many wrongfully convicted, UBC study suggests

IVAN HENRY CASE Jails may hold many wrongfully convicted, UBC study suggests WENDY STUECK January 23, 2009 When the B.C. Court of Appeal agreed this month to reopen the case of convicted rapist Ivan Henry, the decision highlighted the possibility…

Legal aid funding crunch leads to service cuts

Jan. 13, 2009 B.C.’s Legal Services Society will be cutting services and laying off workers because of a funding shortfall, CBC News has learned. The non-profit organization that provides legal aid to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it is cutting…