Month: October 2018

More Cannabis Legislation – Effective October 17

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Yes, further to our post of October 2, 2018 when we advised you about all the Saskatchewan legislation related to cannabis legalization and their effective dates, this new regulation, C-2.111 Reg 1 The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Regulations, published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 114 No. 42, October 19, 2018. On the face of it, this would seem to be a rather important piece.

The regulation deals with the possession, distribution and consumption of Cannabis, including:

  • Cannabis Retail Store Permits
  • Cannabis Wholesale Permits
  • Cannabis Permits generally
  • Registered Suppliers
  • Taxation
  • Administration and Enforcement

The coming-in-force date is the same as that of section 1 of its enabling statute, which is October 17, 2018.

The earlier post with all the effective dates, which you bookmarked, has been updated – so you have all provincial cannabis-related legislation listed in one place.

And in the interest of thoroughness, this edition of the Saskatchewan Gazette also includes SR 73/2018 The Snowmobile (Designated Trail) Amendment Regulations, 2018.

Reconciliation, Decolonization, Indigenization discussed during Access to Justice Week

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By Cheryl Giesbrecht, CLASSIC Student Manager

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) started out Access to Justice Week with a Volunteer Appreciation Event!  As one of PBSC’s community partners, the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc (CLASSIC) teamed up with them to present a vital question for consideration by volunteers and others at the College as they enjoyed their coffee and candy: What do the words Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization mean to you, both professionally and in your personal life?  The posterboard also travelled up to Professor Sarah Buhler’s Access to Justice class, and spent some time in the hallways and lawby of the College throughout the week.  It was understandably difficult for many students to reduce their thoughts to the size of a stickie note, and so many interesting conversations took place around the board as well.  We hope that these important conversations continue well beyond Access to Justice Week 2018.

Working Towards Inclusion

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Keynote speaker, author and founder of bhasin consulting inc. Ritu Bhasin, LL.B MBA.

By Jenneth Hogan

The Law Society was delighted to present it’s first full-day session co-hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, The Benefits of Diversity. We hosted the sessions first at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon on Tuesday, October 23rd and then in Regina on Wednesday October 24th at the Delta.

The morning sessions started off with keynote speaker, author and founder of bhasin consulting inc. Ritu Bhasin, LL.B MBA, who took participants on an interactive journey identifying their own internalized biases and the self-limiting beliefs and behaviours that often accompany them. Bhasin then provided participants with the background knowledge and skills that are vital in understanding and interrupting those biases – both conscious and unconscious – and the tools required to incorporate these practices into their workplace environments and day-to-day interactions.

The morning ended on an informative note as Curtis Woloschuk, Government of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Monica Hwang, University of Saskatoon, walked participants through Saskatchewan’s ever-changing demographic landscape highlighting the effect of said changes and the challenges and benefits they present. Dr. Stuart Wilson from the University of Regina facilitated this portion of the program, along with Woloschuk, at the Regina seminar.

The afternoon was comprised of two panel discussions, the first of which was made up of individuals from underrepresented groups in the profession and centered around lived-experiences and personal perspectives on the impact of bias. The second panel took a closer look at these challenges from a workplace perspective and offered up strategies for incorporating diversity into, and achieving inclusion within, an organization to improve overall business function and morale.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan would like to thank the Canadian Bar Association for their part in hosting such a unique and important seminar. We would also like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their experiences, knowledge and guidance on such a personal (and often-times quite sensitive) topic. Your insights and guidance are invaluable. To our participants, thank you for bringing light to the challenges that surround diversity and for playing their role in becoming a profession that’s more inclusive, empowered and authentic.

Access to Justice Week Call to Action: End Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness in the Legal Profession

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By Michael Marschal, Managing Editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Orlando Da Silva delivered the 21st Annual Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture during the 3rd Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week. Mr. Da Silva is a Senior Crown Council with the Serious Fraud Office of the Prosecution Division of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.   Mr. Da Silva spoke to the College of Law about his experience with mental illness before and throughout his legal career. Mr. Da Silva’s comments were an insightful and powerful call to action to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in the legal profession, encouraging those struggling in silence to come forward and seek the help they need. The example Mr. Da Silva sets is inspiring, demonstrating that seeking help for a mental illness does not have to mean sacrificing the career you have spent a lifetime pursuing. The Saskatchewan Law Review and the College of Law as a whole is grateful for Mr. Da Silva’s courage in sharing his story.

Convention Refugees and Protected Persons: Access to LARC Services

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Joint Media Release by CLASSIC and International Women of Saskatoon (IWS)

International Women of Saskatoon (IWS), the organization that manages and operates the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) Saskatchewan Program, would like to announce that the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLB-PT) and Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Placement Test (CLB-LPT) are now available to Convention Refugees and Protected Persons residing within the province.
IWS has clarified its mandate in an example of collaboration with CLASSIC Inc. (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IWS, through the LARC-Sask. Program, now offers placement testing to Convention Refugees and Protected Persons. This is particularly exciting given the vulnerability of Convention Refugees and Protected Persons who are not yet Permanent Residents. This opportunity to access placement testing means that Protected Persons and Convention Refugees now, after completing the testing, will be able to access free language courses paid for by the Government of Canada thereby making it easier to enter the workforce and more fully participate in life in Canada.
Any Convention Refugees and Protected Persons residing in Saskatoon, Regina or elsewhere in the province, who wish to improve their English-language skills should contact IWS to register for the LARC Program.

Seven Ways the Law Society Library is Improving Access to Justice

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By Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian

It is widely recognized that access to justice is inadequate and legal services are becoming increasingly inaccessible.  Fortunately, libraries across Canada are working together to improve access to legal information and create solutions to the barriers self-represented litigants face.

What are we doing at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library?  In the past four years, the Law Society Library has participated in a multitude of innovative access to legal information partnerships with justice, community, and library stakeholders.  As an accessible source of legal information and an access to justice entry point, we:

  1. Are a founding partner of the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project
  2. Provide the public with legal information assistance
  3. Host weekly family law clinics
  4. Provide Pro Bono Law and CLASSIC lawyers with free legal research assistance
  5. Teach public librarians in Saskatchewan how to provide legal information
  6. Teach self represented litigants about legal research at the Regina Public Library’s Legal Resource Fair
  7. Have doubled the coverage of Saskatchewan case law on CanLII

Click here to learn more about what the Law Society Library is actively doing to improve access to legal information and justice in Saskatchewan:

Do you participate in access to legal information and justice initiatives?  Post a link or picture on Twitter using the hashtags #SKA2J and #SKA2J2018.