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The NS Mass Casualty Commission issued an update this week on their progress, as we approach the March 31st (extended) deadline for their report. I review the update, and a talk with St. F.X. students I will be giving this week.
Small Claims Court Adjudicator, Tuma Young K.C. issued a decision this week in the Mi'kmaw language. In doing so, he referenced the Mi'kmaw Language Act which was passed last year, and which enshrined Mi'kmaw as Nova Scotia's 'first' language.
The devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburg is attempting to pass gender recognition legislation that is generating major controversy and push-back in the UK. Canada has been cited as an example by the governing SNP of how such legislation might operate.
British Columbia is starting a three-year pilot project, with the approval of the federal government, to legalize the possession of up to 2.5 grams of hard drugs, in an effort to treat the issue as one best primarily dealt with as a public health matter. I discuss how this is expected to work, and why it does not directly address the main cause of the thousands of deaths this policy is designed to prevent.
Finally, I review two cases released by the Supreme Court of Canada last week dealing with Charter challenges to the validity of mandatory minimum sentences in cases involving gun violence. The defendants claimed that reasonable hypothetical situations showed that the mandatory minimum sentences amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The Court agreed in one case but not in the other. I explain why, and why some may prefer Justice Cote's dissenting opinion in the one where the Court struck down the law.

The NS Mass Casualty Commission issued an update this week on their progress, as we approach the March 31st (extended) deadline for their report. I review the update, and a talk with St. F.X. students I will be giving this week.
Small Claims Court Adjudicator, Tuma Young K.C. issued a decision this week in the Mi'kmaw language. In doing so, he referenced the Mi'kmaw Language Act which was passed last year, and which enshrined Mi'kmaw as Nova Scotia's 'first' language.
The devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburg is attempting to pass gender recognition legislation that is generating major controversy and push-back in the UK. Canada has been cited as an example by the governing SNP of how such legislation might operate.
British Columbia is starting a three-year pilot project, with the approval of the federal government, to legalize the possession of up to 2.5 grams of hard drugs, in an effort to treat the issue as one best primarily dealt with as a public health matter. I discuss how this is expected to work, and why it does not directly address the main cause of the thousands of deaths this policy is designed to prevent.
Finally, I review two cases released by the Supreme Court of Canada last week dealing with Charter challenges to the validity of mandatory minimum sentences in cases involving gun violence. The defendants claimed that reasonable hypothetical situations showed that the mandatory minimum sentences amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The Court agreed in one case but not in the other. I explain why, and why some may prefer Justice Cote's dissenting opinion in the one where the Court struck down the law.

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The Mass Casualty Commission heard today from Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella today. Chief Kinsella was brought in to discuss the HRP role in the events of April 18-19, 2020, as well as the structure of policing in Nova Scotia. HRP and the RCMP each cover different areas of Halifax Regional Municipality, and so confront issues of interoperability on a [...]

MCC Day 60 – Commissioner Lucki Cross Examination Revelations

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MCC Day 57 – Participants’ Counsel Question Chief Superintendent Leather

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MCC Day 56 – Chief Superintendent Chris Leather

The Mass Casualty Commission continued to hear from senior NS-based RCMP commanders today, with testimony from Chief Superintendent Chris Leather. C/Sup Leather was the second ranking officer in Nova Scotia at the time of the events of the mass casualty. He was in Halifax after having testified Monday in Ottawa before the Federal Public Safety and National Security Subcommittee. Among the [...]

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