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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

HIV decriminalization changes welcome but not enough | Ryan Peck

For many years, Canada has had the very unfortunate distinction of being a world leader in criminalizing people living with HIV. However, the law is finally, albeit slowly, being brought in line with science and human rights in a manner that is supportive of HIV-related care, treatment, and prevention. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Lawyer tries to do more than just pay ‘lip service’ to prisoners’ rights Hanna Garson

Hanna Garson has always been interested in how society is structured and its ability — or inability — to put in place systems that work fairly and effectively for everyone. With this philosophy well entrenched, Garson entered law school at Dalhousie University four years ago knowing she would inevitably gravitate to criminal law and sentencing. What she didn’t know was that the issue of prisoner rights would become a driving force in her personal and professional life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

PROCEDURE - Trial judge's duties - Charge or directions - Defences

Appeal by the accused, Gallant, from a conviction for first degree murder. ... [read more]

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Preconceived views on sex stereotypes affect male stripper case female and male heads

A male strip club, a group of women out for a birthday, a booth, bottle service, a lap dance and the VIP room. The decision released by the Court of Appeal in R. v. Cepic 2019 ONCA 541 is more like reading a tabloid at the grocery store that you can’t put down. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

Why animals earned rightful place at humanities congress | Victoria Shroff

In part one of this series Animals: Family at home, property at court, I was explaining how interesting it was to be part of the global Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences taking place at UBC in early June and to have had the privilege to be invited to present on animal law. Great to see animal law taking its rightful place at the table as bona fide study and practice area. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Court must consider ‘circumstances of the stop’ in determining if traffic arrest unlawful, court rules Mark Halfyard

The Ontario Court of Appeal has set aside a conviction and ordered a new trial for a man who was stopped for driving on a suspended licence and subsequently searched and arrested for drug related offences, while under investigation for trafficking. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 6:26 AM

SENTENCING - Sexual offences - Offence involving breach of trust

Appeal by the Crown from sentence of six and one-half years’ imprisonment less six months’ credit for time served for convictions for 102 sexual offences against 18 young boys. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 6:25 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Sexual assault - Consent

Appeal by GF and RB from their convictions for sexual assault. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

Nova Scotia appoints new chief Crown attorney of appeals, special prosecutions

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service announced that Mark Scott has been appointed chief Crown attorney of appeals and special prosecutions. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 11:52 AM - Last Updated: Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Upside to Legal Aid Ontario changes | Sam Goldstein

Changes to how Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pays for bail hearings is an improvement to access to justice in Ontario. ... [read more]