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Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Section of Criminal Code targets arsonists who endanger others, not themselves, rules court Cate Martell sm

In the case of a man convicted of setting fire to his own home, the Ontario Court of Appeal grappled with whether an arsonist is an “occupier” in their own dwelling under the Criminal Code. The court quashed the conviction noting that it is not a crime to intentionally cause damage by fire to one’s own property, other than for fraudulent intent, “unless that fire causes bodily harm to another.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Motor vehicles - Impaired driving or driving over the legal limit

Appeal by the accused from his convictions for three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

Supreme Court examines privacy rights for people in poverty | Michèle Biss

In the next few months, the highest level of court in Canada will decide whether the right to privacy and freedom from state intrusion applies to millions of the most marginalized individuals in the country. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

Federal judges’ travel and other work-related expenses were $34 million in 2017-2018, senior official discloses Marc Giroux

Canada’s 1,181 federal judges spent nearly $34 million in the past fiscal year on job-related travel, education, public outreach and representation, and incidentals, the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs has informed the Senate. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

After you’re gone: Body donation and the limits of testamentary freedom body_donation_sm

Ingrid Newkirk, renowned animal rights activist, and founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has published a remarkable directive regarding the use of her body and body parts post-death. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

Changes to street checks: The good, the bad and the tardy copcarlights_sm.jpg

Between 2013 and 2014, George Knia Singh, then a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School, became a regular deputant at Toronto Police Services Board meetings. Along with many others, he urged the Toronto Police Services Board to put a stop to carding. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Senators urge Canada ‘to do better’ in treatment of nation’s prisoners Senator Jane Cordy sm

Members of the Senate Human Rights Committee are speaking out about the state of Canada’s prisons, urging “human rights for all” be upheld as Bill C-83, an Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Records Act, is considered by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

Nova Scotia brings end to cosmetic surgery for companion animals Dogandcatlinedrawing_sm.jpg

In early October Nova Scotia made Canadian history by being the first province to pass powerful new animal welfare legislation to protect companion animals from unnecessary cosmetic surgeries. The new law prohibits cosmetic surgery that changes the appearance of an animal, unless it is medically required. What this means is that elective or cosmetic surgeries are no longer allowed under Nova Scotia law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Judicial council says judge was ‘ill-advised’ and violated rules by acting as Lakehead University’s interim law dean Brian Gover

In a decision expected to be challenged in Federal Court, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has decided that Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith breached his obligations to devote himself solely to his judicial duties, and to stay out of public and potential legal controversy, when he took a leave of absence formally approved by his chief justice to act pro bono as interim dean of Lakehead University’s struggling new law school. ... [read more]