Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from seventy recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. The National Self-Represented Litigants Project  2. ABlawg 3. Clicklaw Blog  4. Environmental Law and Litigation  5. Éloïse Gratton

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project
The Loneliness of the Self-Represented Litigant

When her case was called, Maria (not her real name) walked towards the front table in the courtroom and, anxiously shifting her papers, asked the judge if she could have her sister sit with her during the hearing. She explained that she could not take notes and listen to what was being said at the same time, and her sister could help her by taking notes for her. …

Can We Keep the Horses in the Barn? Investigation Report on Alberta Environment’s Destruction of Records after the 2015 Provincial Election

On January 7, 2016, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OIPC) and the Public Interest Commissioner (PIC) released their Investigation Report on alleged improper destruction of records by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development after the 2015 Provincial Election (Investigation Report). When reading the highlights of the Investigation Report’s recommendations, one hopes that the current government might implement and retain some rules and practices that deter future events of this nature. …

Clicklaw Blog
Disability Resource Updates

Following our update on BC Disability Benefits last November, Clicklaw contributor Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has updated several of their help sheets to reflect the changes. See our updated Common Question, “How are BC disability benefits changing on December 1, 2015?” for the new links. …

Environmental Law and Litigation
Development Charges Act: funding for transit and recycling

Last week, we reported on the passage of Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (the “Act”) and its implications for the Planning Act. This week we look at the amendments to the Development Charges Act, which mean more funding tools for municipalities for transit and recycling initiatives. …

Éloïse Gratton
Apple challenges court order to decrypt criminal’s iPhone

A few years ago, Apple began making iPhones with additional encryption software that they could not unlock, all in the name of consumer privacy and cybersecurity. A U.S. federal magistrate has recently ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The judge has ordered Apple to make it easier for federal agents to randomly guess the suspects’ iPhone passcode (Apple has built a security feature so that an Iphone slows down anyone trying to “brute force” his way by guessing passcode after passcode). …


*Randomness here is created by and its list randomizing function.

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