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Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer David Lametti

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]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

Confessions of a possible juror, part two | Joan Rataic-Lang

If you read my first article you know that I received a jury summons. I was torn between my responsibility as a citizen vs. the challenges of work and potentially missing some of my planned vacation while sitting on a jury. I know the altruist in all of us would say, absolutely if given the chance you must appear on a jury, but let’s be real. It’s easy to justify why the inconvenience should not apply to me. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 5:44 PM

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

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]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 3:15 PM

Two foreign cryptocurrency trading companies are fined for non-compliance with Securities Act

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has fined two foreign crypto asset trading companies for non-compliance under Ontario’s Securities Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 12:25 PM

Report on Quebec legal aid praised, but labour disruptions still planned by private sector lawyers Serge Bernier

An independent panel of experts is calling on the Quebec government to implement without delay a “necessary and urgent” in-depth reform of the legal aid tariff structure for private sector lawyers to bring it in line with today’s realities and the evolution of the practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 5:29 AM

APPEALS - Grounds - Unreasonable verdict

Appeal by Bempong from a judgment convicting him of two counts of sexual interference and acquitting him of one count of sexual assault. Bempong argued that the jury's verdicts were inconsistent and therefore unreasonable. The complainant, who was 15 years old at the time of the offences, and Bempong were previously known to each other. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 3:33 PM

Lawyers raise alarm bells about constitutional, privacy concerns in B.C. money laundering report Joven Narwal, Narwal Litigation LLP

A provincial commission has released a long-awaited report on how to tackle the issue of money laundering in British Columbia, but legal observers are saying recommendations contained in it could have a significant impact on people’s constitutional and privacy rights. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 11:11 AM

Feds appoint two judges to Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the appointments of two judges in Saskatchewan. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

Ottawa appoints judge to P.E.I. Supreme Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a judicial appointment to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 8:35 AM

Newfoundland decision proves extortion can involve more than money Puppetstrings

We’ve all been wronged. It’s quite common that many of us have issued civil suits or threatened to do so in order to obtain redress for damage to our property or reputation. That is how our laws expect we will react. However, if we do not get redress, frustration builds. Sometimes one might even consider extortion. ... [read more]