On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada made an important decision on giving medical help to die. The decision will affect Quebec, where a law called An Act respecting end-of-life care was adopted in June 2014. Why This Decision Is Important The Supreme Court said that the sections of the Criminal Code that make it a crime to give someone medical help to die don't apply in some situations. The decision will let governments in Canada... Read more

Winter has arrived with a vengeance, bringing snowbanks and icy patches. Did you know winter weather comes with some legal responsibilities?   Removing Snow From Steps and Entries: Whose Responsibility? Building owners have a duty to make sure their properties are safe for visitors. Soon after snowfalls, they must clear snow and spread an abrasive like salt or sand. This prevents accidents . . . and lawsuits!Someone who gets hurt slipping on... Read more

It was only on October 18, 1929 that judges allowed women to be named to the Canadian Senate. The constitution of the country at the time - the British North America Act of 1867 - said that only "persons" could be named to the Senate. At the time, only men met this definition, even if Canadian women had been able to be candidates in federal elections since 1919. In 1927, five Albertan women, led by Emily Murphy, decided to try to change the... Read more

Beginning in the late 1960s, the law, and society in general, moved towards more equality for all citizens. These changes in family and criminal law also reinforced protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. 1969: Decriminalization of Sexual Relations Changes to the Criminal Code in 1969 were a turning point for gay and lesbian rights: sexual activity between people of the same sex was decriminalized for the first time... Read more

The purpose of Canada's new anti-spam law is to block unwanted commercial messages and junk email, often called "spam" email. The law targets messages sent by email, instant messaging, cell phones and other similar ways. Here is how the law will affect messages you get as of July 1, 2014. The General Rule: No Messages Without Your Permission The law says that you must clearly give permission before anyone can send you a commercial message. What... Read more

On June 5, Quebec's National Assembly adopted a law called An Act respecting end-of-life care. In the media and elsewhere, the law has also been called the "dying with dignity" law. As its name suggests, this law deals with the right to end-of-life medical care. Among other things, the law creates a right to get medical help to die in some situations. Important! The law is not yet in force. This means that the rules explained below don't... Read more

Since May 2012, a new option on Facebook lets users publicly announce that they are organ donors. On the first day this new option took effect, 13,054 people in the United States signed up to donate compared to a daily average of 616 before that. If you saw your Facebook contacts signing up, would you also think about agreeing t0 donate an organ? But do you know how to do commit to being a donor? Consenting to Organ and Tissue Donation ... Read more

The Lac Mégantic train explosion has raised a lot of questions about legal responsibility for the damage, injuries and deaths. Media reports have mentioned the possibility of criminal action in the courts. This article explains the legal concept of criminal negligence. What is criminal negligence? To find someone guilty of criminal negligence, the judge or jury must find that all these elements are present: The person accused of criminal... Read more