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Health, Society

New law will mean more drunk driving tests

A new law goes into effect on Dec. 18, 2018 that means police will no longer need to have ‘reasonable suspicion” before conducting a breathalyzer test for alcohol. Police have the right to stop vehicles for such things as a »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Society

Lawsuit allowed against video lottery terminals

A legal case in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador could have major implications right across the country. An appeals court judge in the province has ruled a class-action lawsuit against the Crown-owned Atlantic Lottery Corporation regarding video lottery »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Whales–dolphins: Canadian bill to ban captivity advances

After years of delay, a proposal to ban the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity has passed the Canadian Senate. Currently only two operations keep these marine creatures, the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, and Marineland in Niagara Falls, »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Cyberbullying law offers options for victims

The province of Nova Scotia has fine-tuned a law to protect against cyberbullying and the unwanted sharing of intimate images, and it is offering victims several ways to deal with the problem aside from filing criminal charges. Nova Scotia was »


Paying surrogate mothers should become legal, proposes legislator

In Canada, it is illegal to pay someone to carry a baby, but a member of Parliament has tabled a private member’s bill in hopes of changing that. A woman can currently be paid only for expenses incurred because of »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Privacy law toughened in EU, Canada urged to follow suit

All 28 countries in the European Union will have to follow new data and privacy rules that go into effect May 25, 2018 and Canada should change its law too, to better protect individuals, says a former privacy commissioner of »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Banned pesticides found in flowers sold in Ottawa

An environmental group has complained to the Ontario government that it has found banned pesticides on flowers sold to gardeners in Ottawa. The pesticides include residues of neonicotinoids which are harmful to bees and human health. The non-profit group, Friends »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Privacy commissioner calls for action to protect personal information

Appearing before a committee of the House of Commons, the privacy commissioner said Canada’s privacy law is “quite permissive and gives companies wide latitude to use personal information for their own benefit.” Daniel Therrien said it is not enough to »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Online privacy policy, enforcement need to change, says lawyer

While Canada has a national law to protect privacy, interpretation has been vague and enforcement lacking, says David Fewer, director of a public interest clinic devoted to technology law at the University of Ottawa. “(The law) is pretty good…They (internet »

Politics, Society

Canadian Government introduces new gun restrictions

Citing an increase in gangs and gun crime, yesterday the federal Liberal government introduced new restrictions and obligations for gun ownership in Canada, called Bill C-71. Tony Bernardo is the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), a »