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Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

Quebec Appeal Court tosses photo radar class action as ‘collateral attack’ on conviction André_Durocher

A proposed photo radar and red light camera class action was dismissed by the Quebec Court of Appeal after it held that the litigation constitutes a “collateral attack” on a conviction properly rendered, a principle that equally applies to proposed class actions. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 5:47 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 4:45 PM

SCC’s sentencing guidance mandates tougher punishment for sexual crimes against children Justice Malcolm Rowe

The Supreme Court of Canada has instructed lower courts to be tougher when punishing sexual crimes against children, in landmark reasons for judgment that offer extensive and detailed guidance on principles, considerations and factors that sentencing judges are to take into account (and misconceptions and myths that they are to avoid). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Ontario giving $2.7 million to help victims of crime, support staff during COVID-19

Ontario is increasing support to victims of domestic violence who may be finding it difficult to flee dangerous situations during the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 3:09 PM

Northwest Territories courts shut down in-person services

Due to the ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure physical distancing, the Court Services Division of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Justice announced that it is suspending in-person services at court registries and the Sheriff’s Office effective April 2 at 4 p.m. MDT. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 2:55 PM

Manitoba bringing new in-custody quarantines, more inmate phone time

Manitoba Justice is automatically quarantining all adults and youth newly in custody as part of continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

SENTENCING - Sexual interference - Sentencing considerations - Sexual offences against children - Sentencing precedents or starting point

Appeal by the Crown from a decision of the Manitoba Court of Appeal that reduced Friesen’s sentence for sexual interference and extortion from six years to four and one-half years. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Ontario emergency measures endanger marginalized, racialized groups | Naomi Sayers

On March 31, the Ontario government issued an order via the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The Act was developed by Emergency Management Ontario’s predecessor, Emergency Measures Ontario after a comparison study was completed which examined emergency programs in Ontario, similar jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 9:43 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 1:23 PM

Ottawa elaborates on wage subsidies, subsidy abuse penalties for businesses, charities, non-profits Bill Morneau

The federal government has revealed new information about its much-anticipated 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy for employers — including some details of the “stiff and severe penalties” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned will face businesses, non-profits and charities who abuse the COVID-19 wage subsidy program by using it other than to pay employees. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Northwest Territories issues COVID-19 practice directive for inmate removal order

On March 31, Chief Judge Robert Gorin of the Territorial Courts released a temporary practice directive on “requirements for obtaining a removal order for a person who is confined to a prison” so they can be brought before a judge via video. This directive was ordered due to COVID-19 precautions. ... [read more]