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Justice minister orders new trial of retired Quebec judge convicted of murder

Federal Justice Minister David Lametti has ordered a new trial for a retired Quebec judge convicted of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his wife after finding that “there is a reasonable basis to conclude that a miscarriage of »

Politics, Society

Sex workers go to court in a challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws

An alliance of 25 sex worker rights groups has gone to court to challenge Canada’s prostitution laws. The Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform filed suit Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, saying the laws–as they stand »

Society

Canada updates its Divorce Act to provide more protection for children

The first major changes in over 20 years to Canada’s Divorce Act are now law. Among other things, the changes include a list of factors that courts must take into consideration when weighing the best interests of children. “Children who »

Politics, Society

AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde says he will step down when term ends in July

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the country’s most powerful Indigenious advocacy organization, will not seek a third term as leader when his mandate ends next summer. The organization represents more than 900,000 people in 634 Indigenious communities »

Economy, Health, Politics

Cabinet gathers for retreat ahead of next week’s speech from the throne

Repeating a warning he delivered last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday the country is not out of the COVID-19 woods and warned that failure to heed anti-pandemic measures could mean a return to extreme lockdowns like those put »

Health

Potential breakthrough looms in First Nations child welfare dispute

There appears to be a major breakthrough in a long-running dispute between Ottawa and Canada’s Indigenious peoples. The federal government on Thursday consented to the certification of two class action lawsuits over funding for First Nations child welfare services and »

Health, Society

Canadian police leaders call for public health approach for illicit drug use

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) recommended on Thursday that police agencies across the country recognize substance abuse and addiction as a public health issue, and that the federal government decriminalize the personal possession of illicit drugs. The »

Politics, Society

Canada set to become fourth country to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’

Making good on a promise they made during last fall’s election, the governing Liberals have introduced legislation that would ban the so-called science known as conversion therapy, that seeks to change someone’s sexuality or gender identiy. It is typically administered »

Health, Politics, Society

Whither conversion therapy in Canada? Ottawa appears set to explain

The federal government appears ready to paint a clearer picture of where so-called conversion therapy is headed in Canada. The controversial practice aims to change the sexual orientation, gender identity or expression of LGBTQ people. It is typically administered through »

Health, Society

Liberals introduce legislation to expand assisted dying access

Canada’s federal government has introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for Canadians seeking medical help to end their lives. The bill amends a four-year-old law introduced by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government that followed a landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling »