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Mariane Gravelle

Child labour

Working towards eradicating child labour

Par Mariane Gravelle juin 13, 2017 13 juin 2017

Working towards eradicating child labour

 

It’s an uncomfortable notion to entertain: the idea that the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the technology that makes our lives easier each day may have been brought to reality – in one small way or another – by the hands of a child. Rare are those who want to support child labour but the fact remains that it still endures, even in 2017.

June 12 – the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) World Day Against Child Labour – offers the opportunity to shine a light on this practice. A report by the same organization offers an insight into the prevalence of – and current trends in – child labour around the world. Examining data collected from 2000-2012, the ILO estimates that 168 million – or 11 per cent – of the world’s children are engaged in some form of child labour. The organization has been collecting data with the view of “eliminating all the worst forms of child labour by 2016”. When the report was published in 2013, the ILO expressed doubt regarding the achievement of that goal and urged the international community to increase their efforts to reduce child labour.

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CASL

Canadian government suspends right to private right of action under CASL

Par Mariane Gravelle juin 8, 2017 8 juin 2017

Canadian government suspends right to private right of action under CASL

 

Under Canada’s anti-spam law, or CASL, new provisions were to come into force on July 1 that would expose non-CASL compliant organizations to lawsuits brought by affected individuals in response to violations. But in a cabinet order dated June 2, 2017, Parliament has halted this this process indefinitely, effectively suspending the private right of action. This decision has been met with mixed reactions.

Lawyer Barry Sookman welcomes the news:

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Access to justice

Newfoundland’s new small claims legal aid clinic

Par Mariane Gravelle mai 9, 2017 9 mai 2017

Newfoundland’s new small claims legal aid clinic

 

Even getting through small claims can be a nightmare for litigants who represent themselves. Thankfully there is help in St. John’s.  The Newfoundland and Labrador Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic. This clinic is born of a partnership between the CBA Newfoundland & Labrador branch and the Public Legal Information Network of NL (PLIAN) and is helmed by Joe J. Thorne (CBA-NL Pro Bono Chair), Ashley Woodford (Executive Director of the CBA-NL branch), and Kevin O’Shea (Executive Director of PLIAN).

The clinic, which also includes ties to the provincial court and the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society, was set up to fill an existing gap in the institutional pro bono sector of the profession. Says Joe J. Thorne, “$25000 [the maximum claim amount allowed in small claims court] is a lot of money for people, but maybe not enough to retain a lawyer.” Clinic officials hope their services will help those clients who would benefit from legal advice but may not be in a position to pay for them.

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Corporate counsel

Strategic thinking for in-house counsel

Par Mariane Gravelle avril 19, 2017 19 avril 2017

Strategic thinking for in-house counsel

 

From law school to professional development, there’s no shortage of ways to teach a lawyer about the practice of law. And as the profession changes, there’s always new skills to learn. Today, the ability to think and work strategically is increasingly important – and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association has created a program to deliver that training to the profession.

The CCCA’s Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel (BLPIHC), taught in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management faculty covers useful skills such as communication within organizations, corporate and organizational dynamics and management and leadership.

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Vie privée

Vie privée : Le principe du consentement valable au Canada

Par Mariane Gravelle avril 10, 2017 10 avril 2017

Vie privée : Le principe du consentement valable au Canada

Le mois dernier, l’ABC a déposé un mémoire sur l’examen parlementaire de la LPRPDE. Suzanne Morin représentait l’ABC à titre de vice-présidente de la Section nationale du droit de la vie privée et de l’accès à l’information.

ABC National : Comment résumeriez-vous la position de l’ABC sur cette question?

Suzanne Morin : Les sections de l’ABC ont déposé de nombreux mémoires sur la LPRPDE depuis son adoption en 2001. En l’absence d’un besoin pressant de la faire modifier, elles maintiennent leur appui du modèle actuel, axé sur le consentement et la protection du citoyen. Néanmoins, ce modèle n’étant pas parfait, certains changements précis s’imposent. Premièrement, le concept même d’accessibilité de l’information au public doit être revu, de façon à garantir la neutralité technologique du cadre fourni par la LPRPDE. Ensuite, le pouvoir de formuler des avis préalables non exécutoires devrait être accordé au Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée du Canada (CPVP).       

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