Category Archives: Law and Society

Excluding the Subject matter: Inquiring about the Missing Women Commission

Gone from The DTES, Gone from the Commission

Over the past several weeks, high profile actors have been pulling out of the B.C.’s Missing Women Comission of Inquiry, threatening its legitimacy. In recent days, BCCLA and Amnesty Canada have both withdrawn from the commission, citing a disparity of resources allocated to protecting police officers and government officials, while offering the marginalized women in question no legal counsel. Activist organizations, from whose efforts the commission was born, have decided to boycott the government effort and are organizing protests which will be led by the Coalition of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) and Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee (WMMC). They have called the inquiry a “sham”.

The commission was initially intended to shed light on the hundreds of disappearances of women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The most notable case linked to this ongoing problem is that of Robert Pickton, former pig farmer and serial killer convicted of the second-degree murders of six women, though he may have had as many as 49 victims.

Investigation or Sham inquiry?

Ian Hanomansing interviewed several of the key players in this debate on CBC’s flagship radio program The Current. You can hear their conversation here. He interviews Shirley Bond, Harsah Walia, and Ernie Crey.

For more on the subject of Commissions of Inquiry more generally, please see this link provided by the Privy Council’s Office. Indeed, for references sake, the best work on the subject – Commissions of inquiry : praise or reappraise / editors, Allan Manson, David Mullan. Toronto : Irwin Law, 2003.

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Will Canada protect Trans Rights?

Trans rights: coming to a Jurisdiction near you

A newly proposed law, Bill-276 (read text here), aims to protect trans rights. It died in the house this past Spring (2011) after being introduced by Bill Siksay but has found a new advocate in Hedy Fry. The Bill is formally titled: “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression)”. LegalEase will follow its progress as it makes its way up to the Senate. Much moral support offered.

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“It’s a Steal”: Foreclosures in Florida

Great documentary on Foreclosures in Florida. It discusses some complex issues, like “title insurance”.

Listen to it by clicking here.

It’s a Steal (Documentary)

We started off the segment with Joe Koebel. He sells foreclosed homes in Florida. There have been a lot of those on the market in the wake of the US mortgage crisis. And a lot of the people doing the buying have been Canadians … who buy more property in Florida than any other group of foreigners.

But now, there are allegations that many of the foreclosed homes may have been seized through a system that is unfair … and perhaps even corrupt. The Current’s Howard Goldenthal headed down to Florida last year to look into those allegations and to find out how they are affecting Canadians. Here’s his documentary, It’s a Steal – which first aired on The Current in November.”

Episode 15: Assisted Suicide and the Law

Welcome et bienvenue to LegalEase: a monthly Montreal-based and produced radio show on 90.3 FM CKUT. We broadcast law broadly. Le collectif LegalEase est un group des etudiants et etudiantes en droit de la communaute montrealaise. This episode is entitled, Assisted Suicide and the Law. Listen ou enregistre la podcast ici.

Sue Rodriguez

Today we discuss the theme of suicide with two experts in light of Quebec’s Commission speciale pour la droit de mourir dans la dignite. Both of our two Quebec-based lawyers contributed factums to the commission.

Somerville

Dans un premier temps, nous avons parle a Diane Demers de l’UQAM, qui a depose un memoire a la commission. Puis apres, Margaret Somerville, de la McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, a nous donne ses remarques. Elle a egalement un livre sur la sujet, qui est intitule: Death Talk.

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Episode 14: Une vie solidaire – Natacha Binsse-Masse et le G20

Welcome et bienvenue to LegalEase: a monthly Montreal-based and produced radio show on 90.3 FM CKUT, broadcasting the law cast broadly. Le collectif LegalEase est un group des étudiants en droit de la communauté montréalaise. This episode is entitled, Une vie solidaire – Natacha Binsse-Masse et le G20 . You can access the show by clicking here. Vous pouvez accédez l’émission par la suite de cet lien.

Natacha Binsse-Masse


Nous commençons cette émission avec un retrospective de Natacha Binsse-Masse, un avocat activiste dans la communauté montréalaise. Lainie Basman a preparé une documentaire de sa vie solidaire.

Next, we discuss the mass arrests at Toronto’s G20 with Jeff Carolin. Carolin was a volunteer with the Movement Defence Committee, an autonomous working group of the Law Union of Ontario made up of legal workers, law students, activists and lawyers which provides legal support to progressive organizations and activists in Toronto. You can learn more about the MDC and their work, http://movementdefence.org/. Specifically, if you were charged at the G20 protests, they will provide you with helpful information.

Other helpful links include: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/ and http://www.g20classaction.ca/

Tune in live every second Friday of every month at 11am on 90.3 FM CKUT in Montreal or listen on-line at http://www.ckut.ca

Episode 13: Case Study: The Oka Crisis at 20 Years

Welcome to LegalEase: a monthly Montreal-based and produced radio show on 90.3 FM CKUT,  broadcasting the law cast broadly. This episode is entitled, Case Study: The Oka Crisis at 20 years . You can access the show by clicking here.

What is the Oka crisis? Check wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka_Crisis Host Melanie Benard directs this reflection of our collective legal consciousness.

Oka Crisis

Waneek Horn-Miller

First, Olympian and director of the First People’s House at McGill Waneek Horn-Miller shares a recollection of the Oka crisis. Horn-Miller spent a month and a half within the barricade and discusses the experience with the LegalEase collective.

Next, we go back to 1990 and play some CKUT archival footage from the Oka Crisis. This portion includes music and interviews.


Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema


Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema

Third, we hear from acclaimed NFB filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, the director of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. These audio clips were recorded in June, 2010 at her presentation at the Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema conference, which was organized by the GIRA.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is available online You can watch the entire film here.

Finally, we turn to Kahnawake and the Whiskey Point incident. In 1990, residents of a nearby reserve decided to leave, fearing reprisals by neighbouring communities. While leaving, thousands of residents from Chateaguay and surrounding areas attacked cars carrying Mohawk families fleeing the reservation.

Tune in live every second Friday of every month at 11am on 90.3 FM CKUT in Montreal or listen on-line at http://www.ckut.ca