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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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MCC Day 55 – Cross Examination of Superintendent Campbell and Lisa Banfield’s Charges Withdrawn

After providing his direct testimony yesterday, Superintendent Darren Campbell was cross examined by lawyers for the participants today. Sup. Campbell was the third ranking RCMP officer in Nova Scotia at the time of the April 18-19, 2020 mass shooting, and is the first of the senior ranking RCMP officers to testify at the Mass Casualty Commission. Before Sup. Campbell’s testimony began, [...]

MCC Day 54 – Sup Darren Campbell Testifies and Senior RCMP Officers Point Fingers

It was a busy day for those following the analysis of actions of senior RCMP officers during the events of the mass shooting of April 18-19, 2020 and the press conferences which were held in the aftermath. Superintendent Darren Campbell, who was the third ranking officer in NS at the time of the mass shooting, was testifying in Halifax in the [...]

MCC Day 53 – Using Forensic Psychology to Assess the Killer

In the aftermath of the April 18-19, 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting, the RCMP prepared what they called a “psychological autopsy” of Gabriel Wortman. This document has not been published by the Mass Casualty Commission, but the MCC has published reports from two experts in the field which analyzed the RCMP report. Those two experts testified on Friday. The authors are [...]

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