Focus On



Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 6:18 AM

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE - Offences - Failure to report goods - Unlawfully imported goods

Appeal by the Crown from an order dismissing the information charging the respondent under the Customs Act with failing to report imported goods, attempting to evade payment of duties for goods, possession of imported goods and with possession of explosives contrary to the Explosives Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

Peremptory challenges not ‘reborn,’ counsel says, but new trials may be ordered Dirk_Derstine

Counsel involved in the Ontario Court of Appeal’s most recent decision on peremptory challenges say the ruling could open the door to many more appeals on the issue and believe this matter will make it to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

Hey Bell: Let’s talk about ... hypocrisy | Jordana Goldlist

Wednesday Jan. 29 is Bell “Let’s Talk” Day, the day on which Bell Canada contributes five cents for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of its Snapchat filter or Facebook frame towards mental health initiatives in Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Quebec tax agency can’t invoke Crown interests in access to information matters: commission Paul Ryan

Quebec’s Access to Information Commission held that Revenu Quebec cannot invoke “Crown priority” in access to information matters, handing a legal victory to a produce retailer targeted by the provincial tax authorities. The decision, a development that took the tax legal community by surprise, appears at first glance to hand taxpayers, particularly those who have been charged or are facing criminal charges, with a tangible means to obtain information that the provincial tax authority may be reluctant or unwilling to share, according to tax lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 7:59 AM

EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Confessions and statements by the accused

Application by the accused, charged with breach of trust and attempting to obstruct justice, to exclude her statement to police based on Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter) breaches. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

Ottawa reintroduces measures for CBSA/RCMP external review  Bill Blair

The Liberal federal government has introduced legislation to revamp the RCMP’s public complaints body to encompass external review of the conduct of federal customs agents. On Jan. 27, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair introduced Bill C-3 in the House of Commons — amendments to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act which propose to rename as the Public Complaints and Review Commission (PCRC) what is now the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 9:44 AM

Volkswagen settlement failure ‘to take corporate crime seriously,’ environmental group says Tim Gray, Environmental Defence

Automotive giant Volkswagen will pay nearly $200 million in fines after pleading guilty to secretly importing cars into Canada which violated pollution standards, but observers are saying there needs to be more investigation into what they call irregularities in how the prosecution unfolded.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

Why Rohingya genocide case is making history | Ashley Major

For the first time in history, a non-affected state has brought a claim against another state for alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). On Nov. 11, 2019, The Gambia instituted proceedings against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Supported by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, The Gambia alleged that Myanmar violated the Genocide Convention by carrying out mass killings, rapes and other forms of violence against the Rohingya since 2016 during its so-called “clearance operations.” While over 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, over 600,000 remain in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, has denied all allegations of genocide. ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

Sex assault education for Saskatchewan legal professionals good for survivors: official

Saskatchewan’s government is continuing its development of a sex assault education program for legal professionals in efforts to strengthen survivors’ confidence in the justice system. Ministry of Justice and Attorney General spokesperson Noel Busse recently confirmed that officials are “currently working with the legal community to provide the first intake of the program this year.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

2020 Vision: Collaboration, co-operation, co-ordination | Kurt Sandstrom

The beginning of a new year — and even more so a new decade — inspires resolutions and future focused thinking. We all make New Year’s resolutions, so why shouldn’t the justice system? The system should vow to get itself in shape by focusing on the three C’s of justice reform: collaboration, co-operation and co-ordination.   ... [read more]