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Pro Bono is a monthly column written by lawyers and legal experts at Iler Campbell LLP that explores the murky legal waters activists regularly confront in doing their work.
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Service animals for mental health: An emerging issue in disability law

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Because it's 2015: Calling for gender equality in the legal profession

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"Because it's 2015"...

was the freshly minted PM's response to the question, "why gender parity in the cabinet?" And good on him. I think we can all agree that equality of numbers is a start and can set a tone for the rest of society.

I've been reminded a few times lately that Justin's tone of sunny ways regarding gender parity is sadly lacking in the legal profession.  

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The state of assisted-dying legislation after Carter

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What the court decision on the niqab ban was really about

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Voter turnout during the last federal election is estimated to be 68.5 per cent, the highest voter turnout since 1993. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party campaigned on a platform of promising real change, which resonated with voters, giving the Liberals a clear majority of seats in the House of Commons and 39.5 per cent of the popular vote. Canadians showed that they wanted to uphold and participate in the democratic system. 

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Affordable housing for all: Let's make it an election priority

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Climate in election 2015: The time for action is now

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In 1990, Greenpeace published Global Warming:The Greenpeace Report. It's a serious work, some 480 pages written by a host of highly qualified scientists and policy analysts.

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Millions of Canadians denied the right to vote in 2015 federal election

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Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice each ruled on separate Charter challenges to legislation affecting the rights of certain groups of Canadians to vote in the October 2015 federal election. Surprisingly, both courts permitted the impugned provisions at issue to continue in force and effectively denied these groups the right to vote.

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What's next in housing? Getting ready for the 2015 election

Toronto's housing crisis is well documented: the skyrocketing and prohibitive cost of rent, the lack of funding for repairs to community housing structures, and the growing wait list for affordable housing are just a few of the issues that have received media attention in the past year.

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Kokopenace case highlights underrepresention of Aboriginals on juries

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The decision in the Kokopenace case was a reminder of the problem that Aboriginal people are overrepresented in prisons, but significantly underrepresented in the administration of the justice system.

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The Kokopenace case and Aboriginal representation in the administration of justice

The recent backlash over the actions of prosecutors in the criminal trial of Bradley Barton, accused of the first degree murder of Cindy Gladue and found not guilty by a panel of 11 jurors, raised concerns over the treatment of Aboriginal victims by the justice system and how Ms. Gladue in particular was dehumanized by the way prosecutors presented evidence of the crimes committed against her.

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