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Ontario court slams CBSA’s ‘systemic’ illegal warrantless border searches, excludes child porn on phone
Craig Penney
Toronto defence counsel Craig Penney convinced the court that customs officials breached the Charter by searching his client’s cell phone in aid of a Criminal Code — rather than Customs Act — investigation into child pornography.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

Last Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 1:54 PM

An Ontario provincial court judge has condemned the “serious, longstanding and systemic” practice of Canadian border officials illegally using their broad Customs Act powers to warrantlessly search digital devices for the sole purpose of conducting Criminal Code child pornography investigations. ... [read more]

Rare case in P.E.I. sees people with disabilities caused by mental illness get green light for class action Mike Dull

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

A court in Prince Edward Island has taken a bite out of the province’s access to justice troubles by clearing the way for a landmark class action by a group claiming to have been unlawfully denied disability benefits because they are mentally ill.   ... [read more]

Legal organizations in B.C. pledge to act on access to justice CBABC president Margaret Mereigh

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 8:22 AM

Over 50 justice sector organizations in B.C. have pledged to work toward improving access to justice in the civil justice and family law field, and the group spearheading the move says the plan is not about prescribing solutions but ensuring collaboration among different players in the system. ... [read more]