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Divorce reforms delayed as experts brace for post-pandemic surge in divorces

Jun 9 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government has delayed implementing reforms to Canada's Divorce Act just as family law experts are bracing for a surge of women seeking divorces after being cooped up for months with abusive partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reforms were to go into effect on July 1 but Justice Minister David Lametti announced late last week that implementation has […]

Divorce reforms delayed as experts brace for post-pandemic surge in divorces

Jun 9 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government has delayed implementing reforms to Canada's Divorce Act just as family law experts are bracing for a surge of women seeking divorces after being cooped up for months with abusive partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reforms were to go into effect on July 1 but Justice Minister David Lametti announced late last week that implementation has […]

Conservatives balk at ‘power grab,’ emergency COVID-19 aid package bogs down

Mar 24 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Hopes that Parliament could speedily approve emergency legislation freeing up billions in aid to help Canadians weather the COVID-19 pandemic were dashed Tuesday over Conservative objections to what they dubbed a Liberal "power grab." An emergency sitting of the House of Commons was suspended moments after it began as Conservatives balked at provisions that would give the government sweeping powers to unilaterally […]

Conservatives balk at ‘power grab,’ emergency COVID-19 aid package bogs down

Mar 24 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Hopes that Parliament could speedily approve emergency legislation freeing up billions in aid to help Canadians weather the COVID-19 pandemic were dashed Tuesday over Conservative objections to what they dubbed a Liberal "power grab." An emergency sitting of the House of Commons was suspended moments after it began as Conservatives balked at provisions that would give the government sweeping powers to unilaterally […]

Conservatives balk at ‘power grab,’ emergency COVID-19 aid package bogs down

Mar 24 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Hopes that Parliament could speedily approve emergency legislation freeing up billions in aid to help Canadians weather the COVID-19 pandemic were dashed Tuesday over Conservative objections to what they dubbed a Liberal "power grab." An emergency sitting of the House of Commons was suspended moments after it began as Conservatives balked at provisions that would give the government sweeping powers to unilaterally […]

Conservatives balk at ‘power grab,’ emergency COVID-19 aid package bogs down

Mar 24 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Hopes that Parliament could speedily approve emergency legislation freeing up billions in aid to help Canadians weather the COVID-19 pandemic were dashed Tuesday over Conservative objections to what they dubbed a Liberal "power grab." An emergency sitting of the House of Commons was suspended moments after it began as Conservatives balked at provisions that would give the government sweeping powers to unilaterally […]

Judicial council proposes changes to bill on sex-assault training for judges

Mar 10 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Canadian Judicial Council is worried that judicial independence will be compromised if the federal government passes a law requiring new judges to commit to taking training in sexual assault law. J. Michael MacDonald, the interim executive director of the council, urged the government Tuesday to make what he called "minor" amendments to Bill C-5 to […]

Judicial council proposes changes to bill on sex-assault training for judges

Mar 10 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Canadian Judicial Council is worried that judicial independence will be compromised if the federal government passes a law requiring new judges to commit to taking training in sexual assault law. J. Michael MacDonald, the interim executive director of the council, urged the government Tuesday to make what he called "minor" amendments to Bill C-5 to […]

Independent senators push to suspend Beyak again, despite apology

Feb 26 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Independent senators want to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak a second time, even though she has apologized for posting derogatory letters about Indigenous Peoples on her website. After months of digging in her heels, Beyak apologized "unreservedly" Tuesday to her fellow senators and promised to take a training course on racism towards Indigenous Peoples. But Sen. Yuen […]

Independent senators push to suspend Beyak again, despite apology

Feb 26 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Independent senators want to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak a second time, even though she has apologized for posting derogatory letters about Indigenous Peoples on her website. After months of digging in her heels, Beyak apologized "unreservedly" Tuesday to her fellow senators and promised to take a training course on racism towards Indigenous Peoples. But Sen. Yuen […]