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Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments in series of human smuggling cases
February 17, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented individu....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down part of anti-money laundering law targeting lawyers
February 16, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Lau....... [more]

Amnesty: Canadian and Chinese companies profiting from Myanmar mining abuses
February 11, 2015
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper Min....... [more]

Egypt sets retrial date for 2 Al Jazeera journalists
February 9, 2015
A lawyer for the one of the two Al Jazeera journalists currently jailed in Egypt said Sunday that a retrial has been scheduled for February 12. Earlier this month, Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was released from prison and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo deten....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down ban on medically assisted suicide
February 6, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down the country's ban on medically assisted suicide. The court found the provision in Canada's Criminal Code that criminalized the aiding and abetting of suicide efforts unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court ex....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court upholds workers' right to strike
January 30, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada held on Friday that a worker's right to strike is constitutionally protected. The court's decision came after a challenge to the constitutionality of a Saskatchewan statute that limited the ability of "essential service employees" from participating in any strike action a....... [more]

Senate approves Keystone XL Pipeline bill
January 30, 2015
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the Republican....... [more]

UN holds first-ever meeting in response to anti-Semitism
January 22, 2015
The UN General Assembly is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote address by....... [more]

Egypt's highest court orders retrial for three Al Jazeera journalists
January 1, 2015
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday, ordered a retrial for three Al Jazeera journalists jailed for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. The three journalists are Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Greste and Fahmy are both foreign nationals; Gre....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court rules good faith now implied in all contracts
November 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that a term of good faith performance is now an implied requirement in all contractual agreements. The court found that Canadian courts' resistance to ruling on the issue of good faith performance in contracts has created an "unsettled and incoherent body o....... [more]

Canada PM urges stronger anti-terrorism laws in response to shooting
October 24, 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws in a statement to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman on Canada's parliament and the National War Memorial....... [more]




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