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Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Report on HIV non-disclosure criminalization ‘important’ but not enough, advocate says Cecile_Kazatchkine_sm

A report to Canada’s government urging the reduced use of criminal law in cases of HIV non-disclosure is an “important step forward” but falls short in failing to recommend prosecutions be limited to the “intentional transmission” of the virus, says an advocate. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

APPEALS - Misapprehension of or failure to consider evidence

Appeal by Lee from his conviction for driving with a blood alcohol level exceeding .08. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Two new associates for Stewart McKelvey in P.E.I.

Stewart McKelvey announced that Will Cann and Michael Carver have recently joined the firm’s office in Charlottetown as associates. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:42 PM

Bill C-84 win for animals, but more is needed Dogcatbird.jpg

Bestiality. It’s decidedly one of the most heinous topics to teach to my animal law students at the University of British Columbia and whenever I present on animal law to members of the public. When I last wrote about this topic for The Lawyer's Daily on Oct. 29, 2018, I stated, “Most people would assume that harming an animal by forcing him or her to be sexually exploited would, in all its disgusting forms, be barred by law in Canada, but sadly, they would be mistaken.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Downey commits to collaborative approach as Ontario’s new attorney general Exclusive

Lauded by former colleagues for his collegiality, Ontario’s new Attorney General Douglas Richard Downey plans to take a collaborative approach on new initiatives and lingering issues that dogged his predecessor, including one that drew a comment from Canada’s top judge. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 1:41 PM

B.C. Court of Appeal rules jury charge ‘disorganized and confusing,’ orders new trial Vicki Williams sm

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a murder case after the three men convicted in the crime argued that the jury charge was “disorganized, confusing, contained numerous errors, and was delivered at a pace that was difficult to follow.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Chief Justice Wagner says mental illness in legal profession should be talked about openly, not stigmatized Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge says judges and lawyers with mental illness must be supported by their professional colleagues and not shamed, stigmatized or excluded. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 6:11 AM

EXTRAORDINARY REMEDIES - Certiorari

Determination of whether 1758691 Ontario Inc.’s application should be permitted to proceed to the next stages. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:28 PM

Mulroney dropped as Ontario AG in cabinet shuffle

Caroline Mulroney is out as attorney general and Doug Downey is in after Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a major cabinet shakeup on June 20. ... [read more]