Monthly Archives: February 2009

Prime Minister says public supports tough new crime bills

THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER, B.C. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says it’s essential to have strong penalties to deter crime and changes to the Criminal Code proposed by his government will toughen Canada’s justice system. Harper says the Conservatives expect…

Separation agreements not final, Supreme Court rules

Canwest News Service February 20, 2009 Separation agreements between divorcing couples are not final if one spouse gets a bad deal, the Supreme Court of Canada said yesterday in a ruling that ordered a B.C. dairy farmer to pay his…

Bountiful leaders in court on polygamy charges

Polygamy is the hot topic on MoralityMeter this week–get your vote in!   Winston Blackmore of Bountiful in a file photo. Photograph by: Ian Smith/Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Sun CRESTON, B.C. — Two fundamentalist Mormon leaders from Bountiful, B.C., are scheduled…

Canadians can’t afford price of justice

***see the Thin Skull Blog for similar views Sunday, February 15 By: Angelo Persichilli Organization: Toronto Star Opinion – Canadians can’t afford price of justice When provincial NDP Leader Howard Hampton says the $23.4 million the Ontario government spent on…

Lawyers sharing responsibility for access to justice?

If lawyers do in fact “share responsibility for access to justice” in this country (see CBA president’s letter to the editor in Maclean’s Feb. 9, 2009), then AdviceScene.com’s legal forum should be a great test over the coming months.  It…

A Lawyerless Society or More Lawyers?

Do we need more lawyers to help us navigate through the legal system?  Do we need to educate and inform the population better so that people can better represent themselves when they need to?  Or do we need a legal…

Should we all be lawyers?

This week’s Maclean’s says that there is a lack of lawyers in this country, apparently due to the limited number of seats available in Canadian law schools–we’re not graduating enough law students each year to keep up with our growing…