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April 10, 2014

Tories chastised for lack of racial diversity in judicial appointments
Publication: Globe and Mail
Date: Thursday April 10th, 2014

The federal government is being condemned for having appointed just three non-white judges, out of nearly 200 first-time judges named to the bench, in the past five and a half years. Now, a new study by Rosemary Cairns Way, Common Law Section, suggests that the pattern of nearly all-white appointments persists.

Canada Revenue Agency online services may be shut down until the weekend

Publication: Toronto Star
Date: Wednesday April 9th, 2014

The Canada Revenue Agency has become a high-profile casualty in the latest scare over a gaping hole in Internet security. Vern Krishna, Common Law Section, expressed his dismay in saying that, "this is a major concern because the type of information that is available in the context of the tax services is extremely private and sensitive.”

Également paru dans / Also Appeared In
Hamilton Spectator– April 10, 2014

Law society to debate Christian school's gay sex ban
Publication: Toronto Star Online
Date: Wednesday April 9th, 2014

The Law Society of Upper Canada will debate Thursday whether to accredit Trinity Western University's law school, which bans gay "sexual intimacy." uOttawa's Faculty of Common Law has contributed to submissions that assert that the institution's covenant discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Metro Canada– April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Is Poilievre full of it when he says elections boss already has certain powers?
Publication: Huffington Post Canada
Date: Wednesday April 9th, 2014

With regards to Bill C-23, or the "Fair Elections Act", Errol Mendes, Common Law Section, contends that Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre does not actually have the power to force a political party to provide documents but withholding reimbursement to get it done is, "a brilliant diversionary tactic."

Également paru dans / Also Appeared In
CTV News– April 9, 2014
Metro Canada– April 9, 2014
ainsi que dans 30 autres sources d’informations / as well as in 30 other news outlets

April 7, 2014

E-cigarettes can save lives
Publication: Ottawa Sun
Date: Saturday April 5th, 2014

David Sweanor, Common Law Section and public health advocate, contests that the time has come for the federal government to authorize the sale in Canada of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine, as it can save lives.

April 3, 2014

Police chiefs differ as Ottawa mulls prostitution law rewrite
Publication: CBC
Date: Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

Carissima Mathen, Common Law Section, contends that continued criminalization of prostitution would not address the Supreme Court's concerns that the law makes the lives of sex workers unsafe.

April 2, 2014

Super agency for federal tribunals raises concerns
Date: Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

The Conservative government’s plan to create a new super administrative agency has raised concerns about political influence in the ruling of cases. Errol Mendes, Common Law Section, was quoted saying, “I don’t trust this government to give the tribunals complete independence in administrative support or in appointing people on merit.”
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