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When: September 19, 2017
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When: November 16, 2017
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
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When: March 8, 2018
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When: June 22, 2017
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News that the federal government appears to be poised to legalize recreational marijuana use by July 1, 2018 is having an impact on the markets — and a welcome development for lawyers who work with clients involved in related businesses.
Sources told the Globe and Mail that the “federal government has been scrambling to draft legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, hoping to have a bill in place ahead of the symbolic date of April 20.”
Hugo Alves, partner with the corporate commercial practice group at Bennett Jones LLP and co-founder and head of the firm’s cannabis practice group, says the move should lead to more activity in the sector.
An Ontario Superior Court judge had some scathing words last week for Legal Aid Ontario about what he viewed as squandered resources in a recent family law case.
In his ruling in Abdulaali v. Salih, Justice Alex Pazaratz says the matter between a couple seeking a divorce became needlessly complicated.
In the case, a 32-year-old woman, Noora Abdulaali, alleged she had been assaulted by her former husband, and harassed after leaving him.
The Alberta government has promised to hire 35 more crown prosecutors, after complaints by the provincial crown attorney’s association that the province’s justice system was in crisis.
Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley has announced that there will be $14.5 million invested in hiring 35 more crown prosecutors, as well as 30 additional support staff.
The announcement by Ganley comes ahead of the tabling of the provincial budget March 16, and on the heels of complaints by the Alberta Crown Attorney’s Association that due to inadequate resources, an estimated 200 cases had been stayed.
The Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association is saying the province’s justice system is in crisis, as it calls on the government to fund 50 more prosecutors in the province and for 35 trial prosecutors to be hired to fill vacant spots.
The call comes as Alberta Minister of Justice Kathleen Ganley says recruiting is underway for 15 new Crown attorneys.
The association — which represents 262 Crowns who work for the Edmonton Crown Prosecutors’ Office, the Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office, regional prosecutions officers and a specialized prosecutions branch with offices in Alberta — says factors that have caused stress on Crowns are an increasing population in Alberta, an increasing number of criminal prosecutions and increasing severity of crime.