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Wednesday, September 01, 2021 @ 5:27 AM

DEFENCES - Intoxication

Appeal by the Crown from a pre-trial ruling that s. 33.1 of the Criminal Code, which provided that self-induced intoxication was not a defence to any general intent offence involving interference with the bodily integrity of another person, was contrary to ss. 7 and 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter). ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 3:11 PM

Canadian Judicial Council says it won’t issue guidance on mandatory vaccinations for judges, staff

The Canadian Judicial Council says it has no plans to provide national advice or to give guidance on the question of whether courts should mandate COVID-19 vaccination for judges or staff. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 12:04 PM

Prescription for public safety nightmare | Murray Fallis

Picture it. You’re a federal prisoner. After five years of incarceration in a maximum security institution you‘ve reached your Warrant Expiry Date, the day on which you are released. With a criminal record and a severe diagnosed mental health ailment you are handed two weeks of prescription medication and put on your way. ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 3:19 PM

Quebec’s new corporate transparency framework draws praise, questions from lawyers

A new corporate transparency law recently enacted by the Quebec government will compel all private corporations and partnerships, regardless of where it is registered or incorporated, who conduct business in the province to disclose the identity and some information of the beneficial owners of their shares in a publicly accessible database, a requirement that goes further than similar legislation passed by the federal government and other provinces. ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 2:59 PM

How to academically succeed in Ontario law schools Back to school logo

The results are in. You log into your portal to see your grades and a feeling of disbelief washes over you. Your highest mark is a 73 per cent? Your lowest undergraduate mark was a 76 per cent? How can this be? You go on Facebook and see people discussing their grades. A 90 per cent in a course? What? ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 12:53 PM

Prostitution law reform in Canada: Full decriminalization only option Woman's face with make-up stick

As discussed in the first article in this series, Bill C-36 reverses the constitutional progress of Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford [2013] 3 S.C.R. by complicating the procedure of prostitution and endangering the lives of sex workers. In light of these limitations, the Parliament must amend this legislation using the decriminalization model of prostitution policy. ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 12:15 PM

Warrantless cellphone search: A major invasion of privacy | Sam Zargami

Upon completing my 1L at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, I remain deeply concerned about an outdated precedent that invades a person’s privacy rights. ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

Lippes Mathias promotes four to partner

Lippes Mathias announced that it has promoted lawyers Scott S. Allen, Jr., Courtney Donahue Tasner, Ryan V. Stearns and Lauren A. Suttell to partner.  ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 9:28 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Protection against unreasonable search and seizure

Appeal by the accused from conviction for possessing child pornography. The appellant’s wife secretly accessed the appellant’s electronic devices and found images she believed to be child pornography. ... [read more]

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 2:26 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal lays out test for hearings into police complaints Lisa Silver, University of Calgary faculty of law

The Alberta Court of Appeal has laid out the test for police chiefs in the province to follow when looking at whether to send complaints to a hearing, but a legal scholar is saying the decision still leaves some questions unanswered. ... [read more]