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Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 3:29 PM

OPP opens cyber operations centre in Orillia

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Sept. 30 opened a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to cyber operations at its headquarters in Orillia, Ont. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Worth the risk: Cost-benefit analysis of opioid crisis | Jordana Goldlist

In a 2017 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that “offenders, even first offenders, who traffic significant amounts of fentanyl should expect to receive significant penitentiary sentences” (R. v. Loor 2017 ONCA 696). Fast forward two years and I now tell my clients charged with trafficking fentanyl that they, if found guilty, can expect to serve more time in jail than someone convicted of manslaughter.   ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

EVIDENCE - Privilege - Witnesses - Compelling attendance by subpoena - Setting aside

Appeals from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal affirming a decision of the Quebec Superior Court setting aside a decision of the Court of Québec. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 10:36 AM - Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 7:08 PM

SCC rules courts can order disclosure of journalists’ confidential sources only as ‘a last resort’ Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has provided its first guidance on how to apply a 2017 law protecting journalists’ confidential sources in a ruling which reaffirms unanimously that courts can only order disclosure of such sources “as a last resort.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 9:03 AM

Legal experts decry Ontario’s ‘terrible’ new community housing policy Daniel Del Gobbo

The Ontario government’s move to allow community housing providers to turn away prospective tenants who have been evicted from housing for committing a crime is raising alarm bells for lawyers and academics, who call the new policy disturbing and “terrible.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 6:23 AM

SENTENCING - Fraudulent transactions relating to contracts and trade

Appeal by the Crown from a sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment for fraud of $41 million. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

Man acquitted by B.C. provincial court in rare ‘sexsomnia’ case

A man in British Columbia has been acquitted of sexual assault after arguing he was asleep at the time and unaware of what he was doing, a condition sometimes described as “sexsomnia.” The incident in question occurred in December 2012, in which the man had sex with his female partner over her objections. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 8:19 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Disorderly houses, gaming and betting

Appeal by the Registrar from a declaration that the GotSkill gaming system was not a game as defined under s. 197(1) of the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 2:56 PM

Public lines up in Winnipeg for first Supreme Court of Canada hearing outside Ottawa SCC in Winnipeg

Manitobans began to line up before dawn on Sept. 25 at the Winnipeg Law Courts for the historic opportunity to watch the Supreme Court of Canada’s nine judges live and in action as the top court sat for the first time outside its Ottawa home base since the court’s creation in 1875. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Trial judge’s task was not to ‘mock,’ ‘shame’ defendant in sex assault case, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal strongly rebuked a judgment in a sexual assault case, ruling the lower court judge’s reasons gave rise to “concerns regarding a loss of perspective and objectivity and result in an appearance of unfairness.” Due to these reasons, the conviction was set aside and a new trial was ordered. ... [read more]