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Grit diversity push for top court criticized as ‘political correctness’
Some lawyers and judges are pushing back against the federal government’s controversial stance that it might set aside constitutional convention by replacing soon-to-retire Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell with a jurist from outside Atlantic Canada, with the aim of building a more diverse bench.
After facing criticism from both the Senate and Canada’s top judge for not appointing judges with due dispatch, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recommitted to fixing the politicized federal judicial appointment system that has left some vacancies unfilled for months or even years.
Restrictive covenants registered on land can endure the longest of any document you’ll draft — so careful consideration is in order when doing so. In fact, stories have surfaced regarding such covenants thwarting municipal density policies and even standing in the way of healthy retail competition.
One of the key features of the Harper government’s “tough on crime” agenda was stiffer penalties for white-collar criminal offences. These sentencing reforms are unlikely to be overturned by the courts, despite a couple of recent high profile Supreme Court of Canada decisions striking down mandatory minimum sentences.
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