Justice of the Peace Julie Lauzon sits regularly in the main Ottawa bail court – where the liberty of people who are accused, but presumed innocent until proven guilty, is decided on a daily basis. In a recent National Post opinion piece, Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system, writing that Ottawa’s bail court, and others like it, “have devolved into dysfunctional and punitive bodies, devoid of the rule of law”. These are serious claims, but they could not be more welcome or timely.
ACORN has been fighting hard for years to defend the rights of Ottawa’s low and middle income residents. Yesterday, ACORN rallied with residents in the Heron Gate community, fighting to delay eviction. Avant Law’s Daniel Tucker-Simmons attended and spoke to media.
This Labour Day, in addition to participating in local Ottawa events, we are happy to share Daniel’s latest article, published today on CanLII Connects. Daniel was asked to select a list of notable court decisions, based on his own criteria, and to write about them.
We are very pleased to officially launch our website and firm. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to two very talented women artists, without whom this beautiful website would not have been possible: Toronto graphic designer and web designer Liz MacInnis and Vancouver photographer Bethany Schiedel. Thank you!
When the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right to strike in SFL v. Saskatchewan, it curtailed the Canadian state’s ability to intervene and suppress striking activity. Which means that the state is now [somewhat] more limited in its ability to suppress — through police violence or toleration of employers’ thugs — striking workers on behalf of employers, as it did so frequently in the past. That limitation, however modest, is unquestionably a victory for workers.
The SCC surprised this month with Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 – a unanimous decision quashing Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and unequivocally reaffirming the legitimate expression purpose of picketing during a legal strike. Despite its technical framing as a dispute between privacy and expression interests, this decision is a blow to employers whose interests lie in hampering the union’s ability to effectively dissuade people doing business with the employer.