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An All-Pervading Rot: Thunder Bay Police Service Again Under Scrutiny For Systemic Racism Found In Reinvestigation Process.

Six years after the Seven Youth Inquest and four years after the publication of the OIPRD’s Broken Trust report and the Sinclair Report calling for the dissolution of the Thunder Bay Police Service (“TBPS”) Board, the TBPS once again finds itself in...

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Community Crisis Teams – Déjà vu All Over Again

On Tuesday February 22nd, 2022, Julian Falconer of Falconers LLP was a featured panelist for the opening day of the Community Crisis Support Services pilot training, the first of a 5-week training session titled, Making a Difference, and facilitated by Th...

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How Far Has the Charter Come – 31st Annual BLSA Conference

On February 18th, 2022, Asha James, partner at Falconers LLP, spoke at the 31st Annual Black Law Students’ Association (“BLSA”) of Canada Conference held in Vancouver, BC. Ms. James presented on the keynote panel “40th Anniversary of the Charter: ...

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A Take on the “Freedom Convoy”

**Please be warned that profane language is used in the below video**

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HISTORIC CHILD WELFARE SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED

NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION SIGNATORY TO LONG-TERM REFORM IN CHILD WELFARE Julian Falconer and Christopher Rapson of Falconers LLP are honoured to be part of the negotiations team for Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) in their efforts to achieve real systemic c...

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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA DENIES THERIAULT’S REQUEST FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL

Press Advisory on Decision of SCC On December 16, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision to dismiss Michael Theriault’s application for leave to appeal the judgement from the Ontario Court of Appeal, which upheld Theriault’s convictio...

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NESKANTAGA FIRST NATION GOES TO COURT OVER ONTARIO’S FLAWED CONSULTATIONS ON RING OF FIRE ROAD

With the support of its partner RAVEN (see raventrust.com/campaigns/neskantaga/), Neskantaga First Nation has filed an application in the Superior Court of Ontario with respect to the consultations framework of the provincial Environmental Assessment Act ...

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COURT OF APPEAL DISMISSES BLAIR APPEAL

Today, the Court of Appeal dismissed Brad Blair’s appeal on the basis of Anti-SLAPP legislation and allowed Premier Ford’s appeal on costs in part. Press Advisory dated November 25, 2021 Decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal – Blair v Ford, 2021 O...

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S. 11 REPORT – FAILURES OF THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE CONTINUE

Press Advisory  The Toronto Police Service (“TPS”) S.11 Report completed by the Waterloo Regional Police Service (“WRPS”) in respect of the assault against Dafonte Miller was made public this week and demonstrates multiple failures of the TPS. No...

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Brad Blair Appeals the Dismissal of his Defamation Claim Against Premier Ford

On October 29, 2021 at 12:15pm the Ontario Court of Appeal is set to hear the appeal from former Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair regarding alleged defamatory statements made by Premier Ford. On December 15, 2020, Justice Edward P....

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Stacy DeBungee: Six-Year Anniversary and the Launch of a Criminal Investigation

October 19, 2021 Today marks the six-year anniversary from the date the body of Rainy River First Nations member Stacy DeBungee was found in the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay. Coinciding with today’s date, the Ontario Provincial Police have announced th...

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Win for Indigenous Children – Federal Court Dismisses Canada’s Attempts to Evade Responsibility for Discrimination against Indigenous Children and Families

Today, September 29th, 2021, Justice Paul Favel of the Federal Court of Canada issued a 111-page decision rejecting Canada’s efforts to overturn several key decisions of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“CHRT”). The Federal Court upheld the CHRT...

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