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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Liberals’ tweaks to impaired driving bill can’t fix Charter flaws, lawyer groups say Michael Spratt

The Liberal government has tweaked its proposed drug-and-alcohol-impaired driving legislation, but the changes to Bill C-46 are minor and do not assuage the constitutional concerns raised by major legal organizations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Procedural rights - Delay - Trial within a reasonable time

Appeal by the accused, Baron, from a conviction for 28 counts of fraud over $5,000. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:19 AM

Public’s ‘appetite for reform’ paves way for pledged record suspension changes Marie_Manikis

The Liberal government is paving the way for much-anticipated Criminal Records Act (CRA) reform by unveiling public feedback supportive of rolling back Conservative-era changes that make it slower, costlier and harder for law-abiding offenders to get their criminal records removed from the database of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

Drug overdose act weakened by limited immunity from prosecution Overdose_sm

In May of this year, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act was passed – a piece of legislation that amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) so as to exempt persons seeking emergency medical or police assistance for themselves or another person following drug overdose from simple possession charges, or charges resulting from the violation of certain conditions such as bail, probation, etc. that relate to a possession offence. However, it is limited to only simple possession-related offences, and does not allow for any “immunity” for other common and often more serious offences such as drug trafficking, weapons offences, etc., or outstanding warrants. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

POLITICAL PARTIES - Officers - Lobbying Act - Offences

Appeal by the accused, Carson, from conviction of offences under the Lobbying Act (Act) and sentence of a $50,000 fine. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Procedural rights - Right to an interpreter

Appeal by the accused, Gill, from convictions for sexual offences. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

Lawyers laud proposed additions to Ontario Human Rights Code, but say more change needed Nadia_Halum_sm

An Ontario MPP’s bid to expand human rights laws could mean “significant” protection for those with a police record or at a socioeconomic disadvantage, but would miss the mark when it comes to furthering safeguards for those needing to help family and other relations, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 12:57 PM

Chief Justice McLachlin to deliver lecture in St. John's

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, will give the second annual Francis Forbes Law Lecture. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Short list announced for B.C. court project

The province of British Columbia has narrowed down the list of competitors who are in running to build new $150 million law court building in Abbotsford. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 8:31 AM

REVIEW BOARDS - Orders - Considerations - Protection of public from dangerous persons - Dispositions - Conditional discharge - Absolute discharge - Appeals and judicial review

Appeal by Pellet from an Ontario Review Board (Board) conditional discharge disposition. ... [read more]