Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards Program is Now Accepting Nominations

In January 2011, the Prime Minister announced the creation of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards (PMVA) to recognize the exceptional contribution volunteers make to Canada.

Seventeen Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards will be presented to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contributions of volunteers, local businesses and innovative not-for-profit organizations that make a difference in their communities.

City of Vancouver Trademarked Hells Angel Sign

Commercial Drive Businessman Bill Pomeroy started a public controversy over ownership of the iconic East Van cross sign when he started selling pictures of it in his Artrageous framing store. Rocco Dipopolo, a former Hells Angel prospect, claimed to have copyrighted the neon East Van cross, an official trademark of the City.

"I have taken a photograph of a public sign. He has copyrighted the same cross with the text. But I am not duplicating his logo, I am duplicating the sign," Pomeroy said Monday. "It is all quite confusing."

Nova Scotia Coalition Against Cooke Aquaculture Files Supreme Court Appeal

A group made up of St. Mary's Bay Coastal Alliance, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the LFA 34 Lobster Fishermen, the Freeport Community Development Association, and the Villages of Freeport, Tiverton, and Westport appealed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to prevent the establishment of what would be the largest fish farm in the province.

New Brunswick's Tobacco Lawsuit to be Joined by Manitoba and Nova Scotia

Three years since taking big tobacco firms to court for recovery of healthcare costs, the government of New Brunswick is about to welcome both Manitoba and Nova Scotia in its legal battle.

The Manitoba government said it intends to reach an arrangement with the consortium of law firms already hired by the New Brunswick government to handle its own province's litigation. The Nova Scotia government is also seeking a firm to take on its case on a contingency basis.

Manager in Town of Riverview Starts Online Petition to Fight Mobile Sign Ban

Justin Bird, a general manager of Olivier Soaps in the Town of Riverview, was forced to take down a mobile sign due to a new city by-law.

He was told by officials in April that according to the town's new zoning by-law, signs like his are prohibited. However, he was puzzled as to why similar signs are still erected throughout the city.

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic Opens New Office on Main Street

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic provides low income citizens help in areas like welfare, tenant disputes, worker's compensation and employment insurance. It also gives legal advice, referrals and representation, public legal education and works on community development and law reform.

Saskatoon Police Shuts Down Private Canada Day Fireworks Display Allowed by Law

On Friday at about 10:30pm, Alice Farness was visited by two of Saskatoon's police force while a group gathered in her backyard to celebrate Canada Day.

Fredericton Police to Reward Drivers with Free Pizza Coupons

Over the next three months, the Fredericton City Police will be rewarding drivers who park their cars when starting their phone conversations as a way of thanking them for embracing the province's new distracted drivers law.

Rewards include a coupon for a free Pizza Hut pizza as well as a chance to win one of three Bluetooth devices provided by AML Communication Rogers.

University of Saskatchewan School of Law Welcomes New Dean

The University of Saskatchewan welcomed a new dean, Dr. Sanjeev Anand, to the College of Law this week. His term began on July 1, 2011.

Cycling Physician Supports Ron van der Eerden's constitutional challenge to BC bike helmet laws

Cycling physician Tom Demarco says he “absolutely” supports a Vancouver resident’s charter challenge of the provincial law requiring cyclists to wear helmets.

In August 2009, cyclist Ron van der Eerden decided to fight the $29 ticket he received for not wearing a helmet under Section 184 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act.


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