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Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer
David Lametti
Justice Minister David Lametti said the newly enacted amendment ‘will now ensure that individuals who consume drugs and/or alcohol in a criminally negligent manner are held criminally responsible if they harm others while extremely intoxicated.’

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Before MPs fled Ottawa for the summer, the minority Liberal government managed to enact its multipronged 2022 omnibus budget bill, as well as a new Criminal Code amendment that restricts the use of the self-induced extreme intoxication defence in prosecutions for violent crimes. ... [read more]

Ontario Superior Court dismisses strip club’s motion to strike out third-party claim Subscriber only content

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:57 PM

The Ontario Superior Court has refused to strike out a third-party claim by a co-defendant against a London, Ont., tavern and strip club in a slip and fall case that concerned landlord liability. ... [read more]

Ontario court rules on teachers’ digital communications being intercepted by principal Howard Goldblatt, Goldblatt Partners.

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 3:56 PM

In a case involving employee privacy in the workplace, Ontario’s Appeal Court has ruled it was wrong for a school principal to read and photograph private messages between teachers he found left open on a work computer. ... [read more]

Alberta church must pay over $5.7 million after losing appeal over land deal Subscriber only content

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 2:55 PM

Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic of Edmonton must pay $5.7 million after losing its appeal over a failed land-sale agreement in the Alberta Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

SCC sheds new light on test, evidence required for public interest standing in court challenges Subscriber only content Michael Feder

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 5:44 PM

Litigants seeking public interest standing to challenge constitutionally suspect laws do not need co‑plaintiffs directly affected by those laws in order to proceed with the litigation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a 9-0 judgment which sheds new light on the decade-old Downtown Eastside legal test and its evidentiary requirements for attaining public interest standing. ... [read more]