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Assessing the Bill C-51 challenge

Tali Folkins - Monday, July 27, 2015

The strongest element of a constitutional challenge launched last week against Bill C-51 is its argument against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s new special warrant system, says the chairman of the Ontario Bar Association’s constitutional law section.
By requiring CSIS to get the approval of a court whenever its proposed activities violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms or Canadian law, the bill “proposes a radically new way of dealing with judicial authorization,” says Ranjan Agarwal.

The Supreme Court of Canada, where Agarwal believes the case filed last week will probably end up, is likely to oppose that amendment as it seems bound to burden the courts with Charter-limiting r...

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Lawyers welcome proposals to reform business laws

Outdated laws such as the Bulk Sales Act may soon be history if the Ontario government moves on a set of proposals to reform Ontario’s business legislation that many lawyers say are long overdue.

Prof calls for reforms to boost youth presence at Convocation

A University of Windsor law professor is calling on the Law Society of Upper Canada to change its bencher election rules with the aim of boosting the number of early-career lawyers at Convocation.

Editorial: Specify plans for Halton

Provincial government spending on court construction has varied wildly over the years.

Social Justice: Let’s do away with mental gymnastics in employment agreements

Courts have devised many methods for invalidating termination provisions that incorporate the minimum requirements of employment standards legislation.

Letter: Apathy not the only factor in low voter turnout

With respect to your June 29 story, “A closer look at law society voting patterns,” I would respectfully point out a fact that might have caused some of the decline in the vote during the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election.

Focus: New law brings change to rules for child performers

A new piece of legislation will bring “sizeable change” in how the entertainment industry handles child performers, a Toronto lawyer says.

Inside Story

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Toronto Police Service has laid three charges of sexual assault against a Toronto immigration lawyer.

On July 15, police arrested lawyer Richard Odeleye, 60, amid allegations that, on three separate occasions, he had sexually assaulted a 35-year-old woman who had visited his office in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area several times. The woman had retained an immigration lawyer from December 2013 to March 2014, police said in a news release.

None of the allegations have been proven in court, and Odeleye was to appear on the charges on Thursday. In the news release, police said there may be more victims.

The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded a Community Leadership in Justice fellowship to Bruce Campbell of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Campbell, executive director of the think-tank, will use the fellowship to look into the issue of regulatory failure associated with public disasters,...

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Is the constitutional challenge of Bill C-51 likely to succeed?
Yes, it's a bad law.
No, it's defensible in light of current threats
The courts will uphold some aspects of the law and reject others