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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. IFLS  2. David Whelan 3. Family Health Law Blog  4. Canadian Class Actions Monitor  5. McElroy Law Blog

IFLS
Zilla Jones: On Ghomeshi, and representing men accused of sexual assault

One of the first questions I had to confront when I started practising criminal defence law was whether or not I would defend cases of sexual assault and sexual abuse where the complainants are women or children. For many female defence counsel, this has deeply personal implications. Given the prevalence of sexual assault, female defence counsel are just as likely as any other women to have been sexually assaulted themselves, to have witnessed a sexual assault, or to have helped friends or family through the aftermath of a sexual assault. …

David Whelan
Let’s Encrypt SSL and WordPress

This site doesn’t have anything particularly gripping on it. But that’s no reason for me not to add SSL encryption for people who visit. Sure, you may not be buying anything or even using authentication but the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Let’s Encrypt project has lowered the bar so far that it seems wrong not to participate. Especially if, as they’ve indicated, Google considers HTTPS as a ranking signal for sites. …

Family Health Law Blog
Parliament Proposes Assisted Dying Law – how does that affect me?

On April 14, 2016, Canada’s Parliament introduced medical assistance in dying legislation (Bill C-14). The Bill is not yet law as it must go through various stages of voting. If it passes, it will come into force on June 6, 2016. The Supreme Court of Canada previously said that physician-assisted dying should be available to competent adults who clearly consent to the termination of life and have a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition. …

Canadian Class Actions Monitor
Deux actions collectives contre des parcs éoliens récemment autorisées au Québec

Depuis le début de l’année 2016, deux demandes d’autorisation d’exercer des actions collectives ont été accueillies à l’encontre de parcs éoliens situés au Québec. Le projet éolien Seigneurie de Beaupré: En janvier dernier, la Cour d’appel a infirmé la décision de la Cour supérieure qui avait rejeté une requête pour autorisation d’exercer un recours collectif contre les Parcs éoliens de la Seigneurie de Beaupré 2 et 3 et Parcs éoliens de la Seigneurie de Beaupré 4 (ci-après « Parcs éoliens de la Seigneurie de Beaupré »), situés dans la région de Québec. …

McElroy Law Blog
Tasked with change: finding solutions to the Ottawa jail

The Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre has long been plagued with overcrowding and poor conditions. Lately, it seems that the situation is getting worse and worse, with daily reports of new and horrific examples of the health and safety issues. After the reports of inmates sleeping in shower stalls, to the overuse of segregation for mentally ill inmates and two deaths in custody in the last few weeks, Minister Yasir Naqvi has now announced a taskforce to deal with the issues there. …

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