Discouraging Sexual Harassment Through Human Rights

Damages before the Human Rights Tribunal have historically been modest, especially when compared to similar cases before the Superior Court of Justice. The system was transformed considerably in 2006 after Bill 107, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, which allowed the Tribunal to award higher damages starting in 2008, by removing the $10,000 limit on compensatory awards for mental anguish. Under the current provisions in s. 45.2 of the Code, the Tribunal may make any order to compensate the applic...
Tags: Law, Gm, Tribunal, Ontario, Wilson, Fair, NK, Superior Court of Justice, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Human Rights Tribunal, Am, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, Ontario Human Rights Review, Tribunal Access, Solis Mexican Foods Inc Partridge, Botony Dental Corporation Silvera

TDCJ savings from prisoner reductions significant, but probably not $1 million per day

Recent incarceration reductions are saving the Texas Department of Criminal Justice $1 million per day, according to the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition's Doug Smith in testimony to the Texas House Appropriations Committee. But that figure seems high to me. In the footnotes, Smith informs us that, "Monthly commitments to TDCJ declined by more than 16,000 during the period between March and August 2020 compared to the six-month period prior to the COVID-19 emergency declaration." Assuming each...
Tags: Texas, Law, Nato, Smith, Appropriations Committee, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Doug Smith, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Bartlett State Jail, LBB, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Glo, TCJC, Texas House Appropriations Committee, Bradshaw State Jail Jester

At the November Beach Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Trump is Gone: The Time Has Come Today

The time has come to leave Donald Trump behind. He's toast. The fat lady sang. The Supreme Court is not coming to his rescue. He's lived high on our dime (and the dime of the Secret Service covering his and his kids' international and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Secret Service, Donald Trump, Trump

The Road Ahead: What a Biden Win Might Mean for Employers

Well, it’s over. Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States effective January 20, 2021. For employers, the last several years have been filled with several retreats from existing policies.   And over the last year in particular, the Trump administration was busy rolling out new regulations for employers to follow.  It’s not quite as predicted four years ago at this same time but not that far off either. What’s interesting, however, is that those regulations may not be rolled back ...
Tags: Law, Labor, Obama, Congress, California, Senate, Employment, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Connecticut, 2020, Biden, Election, Trump, EEOC

So who are you rooting for to be the next US Attorney General?

I would be eager to hear from readers about who they would like to to see nominated by Joe Biden to be the next US Attorney General.  This Politico article, headlined "Meet the contenders for Biden’s Cabinet," discusses these purported front-runners: With Tommy Tuberville’s defeat of Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Tuesday, Jones will be unemployed come January and available to join Biden’s cabinet. Jones wouldn’t add to the Cabinet’s diversity, but the former U.S. attorney in Alabama has credibili...
Tags: Law, Labor, Obama, California, Senate, White House, India, US, Alabama, America, Barack Obama, Dnc, Georgia, Joe Biden, Gop, United States

Pondering marijuana reform echoes after another historic election cycle

I briefly flagged here a few days ago the remarkable success of drug policy reform ballot initiatives in red and blue states nationwide.  And the success particularly of marijuana reform initatives in Arizona, Mississippi. Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota has me thinking and writing a lot about what's next in this space over at Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform.  Specifically, I have been blogging reactions to marijuana's big election night via these new posts: Some (too early) speculations ...
Tags: Law, California, South Dakota, Raich, Douglas A Berman, Arizona Mississippi Montana New Jersey

"What Biden’s Win Means for the Future of Criminal Justice"

The title of this post is the headline of this extended new piece from The Marshall Project, which begins this way: During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised to end private prisons, cash bail, mandatory-minimum sentencing and the death penalty.  Candidate Biden also said the U.S. could reduce its prison population by more than half.  While he didn’t put forward as progressive or as detailed a platform as many of his competitors for the Democratic nomination (including his running mat...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Eric Holder, Joe Biden, Boston Marathon, Department Of Justice, Biden, Eisenhower, Nyu, Trump, Charleston, HARRIS, U S, Maurice Chammah, USSC

COVID–19 in Buildings is all about Ventilation

This post is about what we know today about how to occupy commercial and public buildings, from offices to schools, in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 (the now designation for what had been the novel coronavirus 2019). If in 1992, “it’s the economy, stupid” was the phrase coined as the message of the day, today as we face another surge in SARS-Cov-2 cases,  it should be “it’s the ventilation, stupid.” This is taken from a Zoom webinar I gave last week and is actually an update to m...
Tags: Law, Environmental, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Executive Committee, Stuart Kaplow, Codes and Regulations, Kaplow, ASHRAE, Ventilation, Merve, SARS-CoV-2, Federation of European Heating Ventilation, REHVA, ASHRAE 62.1

Argument analysis: Justices consider whether crimes of recklessness require longer sentences under Armed Career Criminal Act

In Tuesday’s oral argument in Borden v. United States, the justices proposed hypothetical conduct to ascertain whether a crime of recklessness qualifies as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act’s “elements clause” or “force clause.” The scenarios included: Waving one’s arms; Swinging a bat; Shooting a hat off a person’s head; Attempting to escape with a car after a bank robbery; Texting while driving; and Drunk driving. Kannon Shanmugam argues via phone for Charles Borden (Art ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Johnson, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Barrett, Borden, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan

This week at the court

On Monday at 9:30 a.m., the court will release orders from the Nov. 6 conference. At 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Niz-Chavez v. Barr and Brownback v. King. On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in California v. Texas. On Wednesday, the court will be closed for Veteran’s Day. On Friday, the justices will hold their Nov. 13 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Texas, Law, California, King, Brownback, Barr, This Week at the Court, Niz Chavez

"Healing and homesteading."

It's a podcast. Topics: "Kamala explains Joe, Giuliani talks about litigation, Kamala’s ancestral village celebrates, Biden offers a rest period, calling your childhood phone number, Dave Chappelle feels our pain, AOC might quit politics." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Biden, Dave Chappelle, Aoc, Kamala, Ann Althouse, Joe Giuliani

Goodbye to Alex Trebek.

Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Jeopardy, Alex, Alex Trebek, Ann Althouse

"Defund the police" is the new "Obamacare": The Texas #cjreform landscape post-election

Now that the most divisive presidential election in 50 years is over and, win, lose or (largely) draw, everybody can take a deep breath, it's time for criminal-justice reformers to peek our heads above the wreckage to see what remains of a state and local agenda after a tumultuous year and a grueling election season which, at the state level in Texas, resulted in a complete stalemate, from a partisan perspective. Criminal-justice reform is the new Obamacare It's been quite a year for criminal-ju...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Obamacare, Obama, Austin, Gop, House, Harry Potter, Dallas, Houston, Biden, Black Lives Matter, Apd, Fort Worth, San Antonio

At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk about whatever you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year."

"It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy. When your own colleagues talk anonymously in the press and then turn around and say you’re bad because you actually append your name to your opinion. I chose to run for re-election because I felt like I had to prove that this is real. That this movement was real. That I wasn’t a fluke....  But I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running f...
Tags: Law, Homesteading, Ann Althouse, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez, Said Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Wikipedia Homesteading

Nobody thought that this was our last game in our hometown and stadium

Nobody thought that this was our last game in our hometown and stadiumWho am I? I'm the football team from Ağdam (Aghdam), which took second place in the Azerbaijan SSR league in 1969 and was named Qarabağ (Karabakh) in honour of the region (including Nagorno-Karabakh) it represents. The team that has changed its name several times, and finally, after serious efforts, was renamed Qarabağ in 1988 [Author: [email protected] (Unknown)]
Tags: Sport, Society, Culture, Soccer, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Baku, Nagorno Karabakh, Ağdam Aghdam, Qarabağ Karabakh

UK scientists seek mutant Covid samples from Danish mink farms

Tests will investigate whether virus evades antibodies from recovered patients and those in vaccine trialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists in the UK are working to secure samples of a mutant form of coronavirus that arose in Danish mink farms and spread into humans, prompting ministers to ban non-UK citizens arriving from Denmark.Danish health authorities raised the alarm over the mutant virus last week and announced a cull of the nation’s 17 million mink as...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Denmark, Copenhagen, Coronavirus, Statens Serum Institut SSI

"I would implore everybody who’s celebrating today to remember that it’s good to be a humble winner. Remember when I was here four years ago, remember how bad that felt?"

"Remember that half the country right now still feels that way. Please remember that. Remember, for the first time in the history of America, life expectancy of white people is dropping because of heroin, because of suicide. All the white people out there that feel that anguish, that pain, they mad because they think nobody cares — maybe they don’t — let me tell you something: I know how that feels. Promise you, I know how that feels. If you’re a police officer, and every time you put your unifo...
Tags: Law, America, Snl, Dave Chappelle, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion, Partisanship

"I was going to call my old, first phone number in the Bronx, and talk to whoever answered.... I would interview this person long enough to reveal our common humanity..."

"... and I would then tell his or her story with compassion; whatever differences we might have — cultural, political, whatever — would disappear with greater familiarity and understanding. Above all, we would, together, two ordinary people, prove that for all this country’s troubles, modernity does not have to be soulless. So I called. And got this recording: 'The next available service specialist will be with you momentarily. They will be happy to assist you with any inquiry.' Then I was put o...
Tags: Technology, Hope, Law, Conversation, Bob Dylan, Bob, Bronx, Biden, Franklin Foer, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Jack Lemmon, Nuclear War, Solitude, Slang, Dylan

"Biden lifted some — not all, but some — of the sadness and anger that hovered over the Black community, immigrants, Jews and others..."

"... as they’d watched the current administration allow white supremacy to grow freely and thrive. Biden was willing to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism not in theory, but in reality..... Black voters raised up Biden because he was the tonic they believed a divided and exasperated nation could accept and he was the reliable partner they could trust. He was a pragmatic choice, but that doesn’t lesson his value.... He didn’t come to this race with revolutionary goals that would fundame...
Tags: Law, America, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party, TYPO, Ann Althouse, Robin Givhan, Givhan, Racial Politics, Robin Givhan WaPo, Jim Clymer

"Joe is a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand, a person whose own experience of loss gives him a sense of purpose that will help us as a nation reclaim our own sense of purpose, and a man with a big heart who loves with abandon."

In that one crowded sentence, Kamala Harris — in her victory speech last night — stated the theme for Biden's presidency.  I see the laying-on-of-hands concept that we were talking about yesterday. Remember? The writer in The Atlantic — Franklin Foer — talked about Joe's "effort to heal... to wrap himself around others in mourning." He saw "something religious in this laying-on of hands... an act of communion." Because we are "desperate" and Joe is the "parental figure," what is required of us...
Tags: Law, Dogs, Atlantic, Language, Biden, Franklin Foer, Kamala Harris, Joe, Kamala, Foer, ACD, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade, Religion Substitutes, Biden the healer

"The call for Joe Biden isn’t… Who was it called by? All the, Oh my goodness. All the networks. Wow. All the networks."

"We have to forget about the law. Judges don’t count. All the networks, all the networks, all the networks... thought Biden was going to win by 10%. Gee, what happened? Come on. Don’t be ridiculous. Networks don’t get to decide elections. Courts do.... Of course courts set aside elections when they’re illegal. In this particular case, I don’t know if there’s enough evidence to set aside the entire election. Certainly not around the country, maybe in Pennsylvania...." Giuliani struggles to insp...
Tags: Voting, Law, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Biden, Giuliani, Ann Althouse, Litigiousness, 2020 Elections, Trump 2020

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. PÉNAL (DROIT) : L’appel du jugement ayant déclaré l’appelant coupable d’incitation à la haine en raison de propos diffusés sur la plateforme Web YouTube à l’endroit des musulmans dans le contexte...
Tags: Law, Canada, Ontario, Dion, Appel, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Saskatchewan Humans Right Commission

How long Covid forced me to confront my past and my identity

For years, I repressed thinking about three things that shaped my life and my body. But the fourth blow of coronavirus pushed it all out into the openFor six years now, I have been writing down three good things that have happened in my day, every day. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are. It could be having pastries in bed. Spotting a fox in the garden. Successfully descaling a kettle. I do not call this my gratitude journal, because I am not a motivational wellness blogger. But I have f...
Tags: Women, Society, Disability, Transgender, Feminism, Italy, Coronavirus

'Robot soldiers could make up quarter of British army by 2030s'

Investment in robot warfare at heart of UK’s planned five-year defence reviewThirty thousand “robot soldiers” could form an integral part of the British army in the 2030s, working alongside humans in and around the frontline, the head of the armed forces said in a television interview on Sunday.Gen Sir Nick Carter said the armed forces needed “to think about how we measure effects in a different way” – and he called on the government to proceed with the previously promised five--year integrated ...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Remembrance Day, Nick Carter

Inseparable for 44 years – the couple banned from touching because of Covid

Trish Walker’s husband Chris is in a care home, and she has been allowed to speak to him for only an hour a dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey met on a blind date and married nine months later. For the next 44 years, Chris and Trish Walker were inseparable. Until the pandemic.For the past eight months, Trish has not been allowed to touch her husband and has only been able to speak to him for just over an hour, even though he has already had – and recovered from –...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Social Care, Ageing, Chris, Trish, Trish Walker, Coronavirus

Veterinary workers cull 17 million Danish mink to halt new Covid

The animals were carrying a new strain of the virus, possibly vaccine-resistant, and infected several hundred peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVeterinary workers have begun the gruesome business of gassing and then burning 17 million mink in Danish farms in a bid to halt further spread of a Covid-19 mutation from the animals to humans.The decision to cull the country’s mink population was made after several hundred people became infected with a new strain of Covi...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Animals, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Animal Welfare, Microbiology, Denmark, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Third world war a risk in wake of pandemic, says UK defence chief

Uncertainties and economic fallout could escalate regional conflicts, General Sir Nick Carter warnsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe economic fallout during the coronavirus pandemic has made the prospect of a third world war “a risk”, the UK’s most senior military commander has said.General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff, said Britain and the rest of the world would need to learn from history and the international missteps that led to the previous w...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Britain, Military, Defence policy, Remembrance Day, Nick Carter, Coronavirus, Nick Carter the chief of the defence

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