The 5 Steps of a Judicial Review

It seems to be a perennial problem that Canadian society isn’t privy to knowing how to navigate the legal system unless you’re a lawyer, or you study the law as a fun little side-gig. We view this as a big problem. We want to make sure that everyone can understand what happens when a case…

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Crisis Unfiltered: The Ongoing Struggle for Clean Drinking Water

Ring of Fire aerial — by Garth Lenz

It’s World Water Day. I am reflecting on the February anniversary of Neskantaga First Nation’s boil water advisory. At 29 years (and counting), it’s the longest in Canadian history. Despite Trudeau’s 2015 election promise to get clean drinking water in all Indigenous communities by 2021, the federal government continues to “discuss” how to move forward…

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Hearing Neskantaga’s Unyielding Voice: a report from the court

Neskantaga Territory

Neskantaga Nation, located in the expansive peatlands of Northern Ontario, appeared in court last week. The remote First Nation, faced with multiple evacuations in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and water quality issues from the 28 year long boil-water advisory, had no capacity to gather with their elders and knowledge-keepers to discuss an all…

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