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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

Trinity Western case a nuanced look at scope of religious freedom | Heather MacIvor

On June 15 the Supreme Court of Canada approved the refusal by two law societies to accredit graduates of a proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) in British Columbia. Students and faculty at the private evangelical Christian school are required to sign a “community covenant agreement,” pledging to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” Violations of the covenant can result in suspension or expulsion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

New Brunswick promotes two judges

Denise LeBlanc, a judge of the provincial court of New Brunswick, has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

SENTENCING - Criminal Code offences - Attempted murder - Aggravating factors

Appeal by the offender, LeBreton, from a sentence for attempted murder. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

Three-line Appeal Court decision ‘makes Reader’s Digest look downright loquacious’: lawyer

A recent three-line, 50-word decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal quashing a number of criminal convictions is raising eyebrows by some in the legal community, saying it does not pass muster in terms of providing for adequate appellate review. But a criminal lawyer says, given the settled nature of the law concerning unreasonable convictions, the short response is not too surprising. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Supreme Court’s TWU decision: an illiberal outcome Humanoids_sm.jpg

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Trinity Western decisions (Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 33; Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University 2018 SCC 32) are being celebrated by many as a win for diversity. In truth, the “diversity” advanced by the majority’s reasons is not authentic diversity at all. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

MPs recommend increased financial, mental health support for jurors in report Anthony Housefather, chair, House of Commons Justice Committee

The House of Commons Justice Committee has released a long-awaited report on improving juror support in Canada and is recommending not only adequate financial compensation for jurors but also more access to mental health services for people who have sat through traumatic trials. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:19 PM - Last Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

Chief Justice Wagner calls for judicial discipline reforms as Ottawa drags heels on removing sidelined judge Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge has called on the Trudeau government to enact reforms to reduce the persistent lengthy delays and high costs of the federal judicial discipline process. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

Exploring the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation Pot_pollution_sm.jpg

With the passage of Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) by the House of Commons and Senate this week, Canada is on the verge of becoming the first G-7 country to legalize recreational cannabis. While much of the focus of cannabis legalization has been on public health and safety, the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation are only starting to be explored. Depending on the nature and location of a proposed facility, the cultivation of cannabis on a commercial scale entail a number of environmental considerations. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:03 AM

TWU ruling sheds light on religious freedom, administrative law but some questions left unresolved Eugene Meehan

What do we know about the law that we didn’t know before the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its much-anticipated companion rulings in the landmark Trinity Western University case on June 15? Lawyers and academics expect to be sifting answers for some time from what the top court had to say in its three concurring (and one dissenting) opinion in each of Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 33 and Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University 2018 SCC 32. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:56 PM - Last Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:47 AM

Random breath testing coming to Canada Dec. 18; counsel foresee Charter attacks ‘very early on’ Michael Spratt

Despite constitutional warnings from many law groups and senators, random breath testing (RBT) will come to Canada in 180 days — just in time for the holidays. On June 21 Gov. Gen. Julie Payette gave royal assent to the Trudeau government’s signature bill legalizing recreational cannabis use (Bill C-45 — which comes into force Oct. 17), along with its companion drug-and-alcohol-impaired driving bill (Bill C-46). ... [read more]