Legislative Update – New Proclamation

The Government of Manitoba proclaimed the following:

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name July 1, 2018, as the day on which
section 1 insofar as it enacts clause (e) of the definition
“reviewable service” of The Advocate for Children and
Youth Act (S.M. 2017, c. 8) comes into force.

In 2014, the Commission of Inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair recommended that Manitoba enact stand-alone legislation for the Children’s Advocate and provide the Advocate with a broader mandate. This Act implements those recommendations.

This Act also changes the name of Children’s Advocate to Advocate for Children and Youth.

 

Legislative Updates – New Bill

The Government of Manitoba recently introduced the following bill:

Third Session, Forty-First Legislature

Bill 33: The Interim Appropriation Act, 2018 (2)

This Act repeals Bill 2,  The Interim Appropriation Act, 2018, S.M. 2018, c. 1 and gives authority for operating expenditures for the fiscal year 2018-19. It comes into effect with Royal Assent, which it received on June 20, 2018. It is now listed under Annual Statutes, S.M. 2018, c. 25.

 

Legislative Update – New Proclamation

The Government of Manitoba proclaimed the following:

With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of
Manitoba, we name June 20, 2018, as the day on which
section 1, clause 3(1)(a) and sections 22 to 32 of The Safe
and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act (Liquor and
Gaming Control Act and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Corporation Act Amended) (S.M. 2018, c. 9) come into force.

This Act amends The Liquor and Gaming Control Act and The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act to authorize and regulate the retail sale of cannabis in Manitoba when such sales are permitted by the federal government.

Legislative Updates: Royal Assent

The following Acts received Royal Assent on June 4, 2018:

Confirm whether the bill requires proclamation by reviewing the Bill Status.

 

Ottawa Proposes Changes to the Divorce Act-Updated

The Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson Raybould, recently introduced Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act. This is the first major overhaul to the Divorce Act since the child support guidelines were enacted in 1997.

Some of the reforms included in the Bill include:

  • Establishing a framework for relocating a child;
  • Fleshing out the term “best interest of the child”;
  • Provide for orders requiring contact with a child for another person, e.g. a grandparent.

The federal government has been consulting with members of the family bar and other stakeholders for the past two years in preparation for this bill.

Commentary from The Lawyers Daily: Bar Gives Good Initial Reviews

A Brief Overview of Bill C-78, Part 2, by John-Paul Boyd

A Brief Overview of Bill C-78, Part 1, by John-Paul Boyd