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Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

Time to decriminalize all drugs | Adriana Ortiz

The pandemic has been hard for many people without a doubt. However, it has had a disproportionate impact on certain communities. As many reports have shown, those from racialized communities, through job losses and pay cuts, have faced financial instability and are more likely to contract COVID-19. As the pandemic tore through our country, many of our most vulnerable communities have been affected by mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance use. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 9:16 AM

Why International Women’s Day still matters | Pamela Cross

In 1908, women marched through the streets of New York City calling for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Three years later saw the first official International Women’s Day, with more than one million women and men rallying in several European countries to call for women’s rights. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 9:02 AM

POWERS OF SEARCH AND SEIZURE - Search warrants - Informer’s tip

Appeal by Perkins from his conviction on two counts of possession of cocaine and fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, six counts of illegal possession of firearms and two counts of possession of prohibited devices. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Stopping anti-vaccination debate in the courts | Gary Joseph

Lawyer David Frenkel recently published his views on this topic in The Lawyer’s Daily. Mr. Frenkel argued that the justice system should not have given a platform in recent court proceedings for a mother to argue against the vaccination of her children with her estranged husband. I vigorously disagree with this view. First let me declare my bias. I was appeal counsel in the case Mr. Frenkel refers to: A.P. v L.K. 2021 ONSC 150. Let me also identify that my personal views on vaccination play absolutely no part in the views I am about to express. Finally, while the case has been published, I will be vigilant in not disclosing any matters of solicitor client privilege or any confidential matters. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 5:38 PM

Rotating, static jury selection at heart of Supreme Court ruling in VIA derailment case Justice Michael Moldaver

The Supreme Court, in its reasons for reinstating the convictions of two men who planned to crash a passenger train, found that while the trial judge was wrong to deny a request that rotating triers be used in the jury selection process, his decision to use static triers still resulted in an “independent and impartial” jury. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 2:17 PM

PROCEDURE - Jury - Challenges for cause - Empanelling - Appeals - Powers of appellate court

Appeal by the Crown from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal that set aside the convictions of two accused for terrorism offences and ordered a new trial. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:03 PM

Toronto van attack decision important for future cases where autism argued as basis for NCR finding: lawyer

Toronto criminal defence lawyer Boris Bytensky’s connection to the deadliest vehicle-ramming attack in Canadian history could have played out far differently on April 23, 2018, when Alek Minassian drove a rented van on the sidewalk for 1.2 kilometres along Yonge Street, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring another 16, many of them seriously. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 11:35 AM

Moving away from animals as commodities, one pet at a time | Victoria Shroff

It would not occur to most people that their furry family member, their companion animal, their pet, could be seen as a consumer product, a good. However, another area of law where it has been starkly held that animals are property, involves animal breeders and purchasers of companion animals. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 6:16 AM

CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES - Possession for the purpose of selling, trafficking, distributing or exporting

Appeal by Pileggi from his conviction for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Based on confidential sources, the police believed the appellant was selling oxycodone from his home. ... [read more]