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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Quebec’s expansion of animal welfare laws hoof in right direction Horse

Growing public concern for animals and their welfare has prompted the government of Quebec to take action to widen its animal welfare legislation to go well beyond companion animal protection. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 2:01 PM

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic director Dale to step down in April

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic board of directors announced that it has received the resignation of the clinic’s executive director Amanda Dale, who will be stepping down on April 4, 2019. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

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Recently, there has been increasing scrutiny over Facebook’s use of data, how it collects data and to whom that data is disseminated. And while the privacy implications of having one’s personal information sold to large corporations to use in advertising and revenue generation is legally troubling enough, there is another less-publicized concern over Facebook and social media data collection. That concern lies around self-incrimination. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 10:39 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Break and enter a dwelling-house

Appeal by the Crown from the acquittal of the co-accused, Terri-Lynn and Michael Barrett, on charges of breaking and entering a dwelling-house to commit the indictable offence of assault with a weapon. ... [read more]

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 12:35 PM

Bissonnette case spurs legal debate over consecutive sentences Lisa Silver

Hours after Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur was sentenced to eight concurrent life sentences with no possibility of parole for 25 years, a Quebec judge sparked further legal debate over consecutive life sentences in Canada after he took the “unusual” decision to amend the Criminal Code and sentenced Quebec City mosque killer Alexandre Bissonnette to life in prison with no chance of parole for 40 years, according to criminal law experts. ... [read more]

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

No ‘inappropriate’ pressure in SNC-Lavalin case: Wernick; Lametti says AG independent but ‘not an island’ David lametti

Canada’s top civil servant says that, in his view, no “inappropriate pressure” was ever exerted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the former attorney general of Canada to shelve a criminal fraud prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) — although Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick predicted that Jody Wilson-Raybould will nevertheless publicly “express concern” next week about her interactions with the PMO in the SNC-Lavalin matter. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Some problems with mandatory pro bono | Scott Reid

In a recent interview with The Lawyer’s Daily, Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner announced that to reduce delay and backlog “lawyers realize that they have to do something also, pro bono work, for instance.” Allow me to be blunt for a moment. The chief justice is, respectfully, out of touch if this is his solution. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Problems with judge’s answer to jury prompts new trial in B.C. murder case

In trials dealing with serious criminal charges, the words in a judge’s jury instructions are as important as the actions jurors are asked to consider in determining the degree of culpability of an accused, as a recent British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling revealed. In R. v. Williams 2019 BCCA 49, a three-judge panel of the appellate court ordered a new trial for Kenneth Bryson Williams, who was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder on Nov. 3, 2016 ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Chief justice’s remarks spark debate over mandatory pro bono for lawyers  Raymond Adlington

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Raymond Adlington says he does not agree with Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner that it would be “very good” if lawyers were required to do some free legal work in order to help alleviate court backlogs and improve the public’s access to justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 8:32 AM


Appeal by McGuigan from a certiorari order quashing a disclosure order. ... [read more]