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No automatic right of appeal for convicted youth where there is a dissent: SCC
Chief Justice Richard Wagner says that Parliament did not discriminate against young people by denying them the automatic right of appeal to the Supreme Court in criminal matters but “responded to the reality of their lives by balancing the benefits of appellate review against the harms inherent in that process.”
Chief Justice Richard Wagner says that Parliament did not discriminate against young people by denying them the automatic right of appeal to the Supreme Court in criminal matters but “responded to the reality of their lives by balancing the benefits of appellate review against the harms inherent in that process.”

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 4:33 PM

Last Updated: Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 5:09 PM

A divided Supreme Court has ruled that a section of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) which denies an automatic right of appeal for young people in criminal cases passes constitutional muster. The decision in R. v. C.P. 2021 SCC 19 stems from a Toronto-area beach party where a 15-year-old male, identified only as C.P, allegedly had non-consensual sex with a 14-year-old female, R.D., who had been severely intoxicated. ... [read more]

Trudeau praises training for judges, but victims advocate still calls for more Subscriber only content Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 4:39 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lauding the royal assent of legislation requiring new federally appointed judges to take sexual assault education and sensitivity training. But an advocate for survivors maintains it still falls short in its failure to apply to judges currently behind the bench.   ... [read more]

Ontario, feds roll out COVID-19 rapid testing for small and medium businesses

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 4:06 PM

Employees of small and medium-sized businesses across Ontario can now receive rapid screening for COVID-19 through a new program launched jointly by the provincial and federal governments and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. ... [read more]

Appeal Court reminds motion judges to review evidentiary issues in summary judgment cases Subscriber only content Katie Black, founder of Ottawa firm, Black & Associates

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

In a comprehensive decision, Dia v. Calypso Theme Waterpark 2021 ONCA 273, released on April 29, the Ontario Court of Appeal has reminded motion judges of their obligation to ensure that sufficient admissible and reliable evidence is available to make a summary judgment. ... [read more]

Competition Bureau revises competitor collaboration guidelines Subscriber only content

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 6:26 AM

Canada’s Competition Bureau has released revised guidelines clarifying types of competitor collaborations that can harm competition. According to a May 6 news release, the guidelines, first issued in 2009, “provide an overview of the Bureau’s general approach to assessing existing and proposed collaborations between competitors under the criminal conspiracy and civil agreements provisions of the Competition Act. ... [read more]