Lawyer wins $100,000 from the Law Society of British Columbia

Peter Mokua Gichuru, a Vancouver lawyer, was awarded $100,000 dollars by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal for disability discrimination by the Law Society of B.C..

In 2002, Gichuru suffered from depression, and declared that he has a mental illness in his application to join the Law Society as an articling student. He subsequently had to undergo a series of psychiatric assessments, and it took ten months for him to get called to the bar.

Air Canada Sued for Lack of Bilingual Service

On wednesday, a federal judge ordered Air Canada to pay Michel Thibodeau, a French-language rights activist, $12,000 plus court fees, for failing to provide French service on a series of flights he took in 2009. As former Crown corporations, Air Canada must comply with the Official Languages Act and provide service in both official languages.

"It's a rights issue," Michel Thibodeau said. In one case, he requested a 7Up in French and was served a Sprite. "It is my right that is not being respected."

CRA to Force Quebec Municipalities to Reveal All Payments to Contractors and Consultants

The Canada Revenue Agency will be going to Federal Court on Monday requesting an order to force municipalities in Quebec to reveal all payments they made to contractors and consultants in the past four years.

The CRA will look at contracts awared by cities, towns, and villages including Quebec City, Laval, Longueuil, and Sherbrooke. Last year, the agency did a similar review in Montreal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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