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SCC rules Charter s. 8 protects privacy of some text messages
Gerald Chan
The majority Supreme Court judgment in Marakah 'vindicates the right to privacy in electronic conversations,' says Gerald Chan of Stockwoods Barristers.

Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

A split Supreme Court has ruled that a sender’s texts are sometimes entitled to Charter privacy protection, depending on “the totality of the circumstances.” Moreover, police need only obtain production orders — not electronic surveillance warrants — to seize stored “electronic conversations” pursuant to the Criminal Code, the majority held. ... [read more]

B.C. Court of Appeal rules compensation for Forces veterans does not violate Charter Subscriber only content Donald J. Sorochan

Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has struck down a potential class action by members of the Canadian Forces against the federal government’s current compensation scheme for veterans, but a University of British Columbia law professor is saying the court may have erred in its interpretation of what positive obligations the Charter of Rights and Freedoms places on government. ... [read more]

Canada’s chief justice hangs up her red robes Subscriber only content Beverley-MCLACHLIN

Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

Last Updated: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 4:19 PM

It is the end of an era — and what an era it was. Quebec separation, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted death, and so on — Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has participated in the most momentous and divisive legal debates of the past three decades. ... [read more]