Media outlets in Saskatchewan no longer have access to Police One, the police radio scanner that allowed journalists to hear what is happening on the secure police channel.
Both Saskatoon and Regina police services say they have closed their scanner channels to media to comply with the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. The problem lies in the sharing of personal information. Regina police Chief Evan Bray said information including names, addresses, dates of birth, past criminal charges and other pieces of personal information were shared on the dispatch channel.
Representing the media, Sean argues in today’s Saskatoon StarPhoenix that journalists provide an important service by alerting the public to potentially dangerous situations. “There is a huge public interest in ensuring that the media have access to that timely information so that they can alert the public to the issues that are occurring.”
Sean has done interviews with the CBC as well as the StarPhoenix. The CBC news story can be read here.
Benchmark Litigation Canada has published its guide to the leading litigation teams in the country.
The guide’s results are the culmination of a four-month research period during which time extensive interviews are conducted with litigators and their clients. The researchers examine casework handled by the firms and seek opinions on litigators practicing within their province or practice area. Using this client and peer-review methodology, Benchmark strives to provide the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of the Canadian litigation market.
Robertson Stromberg is pleased to see that the firm is ranked as a Recommended Firm for the province of Saskatchewan. Lawyers singled out as “local litigation stars” include M. Kim Anderson in the area of Insolvency Law and Gary Young in the areas of Class Action, Commercial, Insurance, and Intellectual Property. This designation reflects individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.
Benchmark also lists Jennifer Pereira and Sean Sinclair as “future stars”. This designation is given to “ones to watch”, lawyers who are rapidly building their reputations in the market.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan recently offered its membership an intensive hands-on workshop on developing exceptional family law Chambers advocacy skills.
The twenty-four participants of the workshop were assigned exercises designed to develop their skills in oral submissions, as well as writing notices of applications, affidavits and memos of law. After each skills performance, they received feedback from the instructors.
As a member of the faculty of four lawyers and four judges, Sean Sinclair critiqued and offered constructive suggestions to participants and provided them with the opportunity to observe effective advocacy skills through demonstration.
The two-day professional development workshop was held in Regina.
CTV Saskatoon asked Sean Sinclair to add an expert’s view to a local news story on November 13th. In an interview on CTV News at 6:00, Sean clarified privacy and defamation laws as they related to the story.
The Canadian Media Lawyers Association will hold their annual meeting on November 2, 2018 in Toronto. Representing our part of the country, Sean Sinclair will present on the openness of administrative tribunals during the cross country check-up portion of the conference.
To learn more about the work of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, click here.
Sean Sinclair recently presented at the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association’s “Spousal Support Family Law Conference” on May 11, 2018. His accompanying paper can be read here.