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Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Using the Copyright Act to fight revenge porn

Cyber-bullying is a problem not limited to Canada. nbsp; It’s everywhere. According to the International Telecommunication Union, over 3 billion people now use the internet.  It’s used for everything, including destroying reputations.   ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against person and reputation - Motor vehicles - Flight from police

Appeal by the accused, Plourde, from convictions for flight from police and possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:52 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:04 PM

SCC rules Ontario provincial court judges can jointly try criminal and provincial offences Owen Rees

Reversing the Ontario Court of Appeal on a significant jurisdictional point, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 6-1 that Ontario provincial court judges can concurrently try a summary conviction criminal offence and a provincial offence in a single trial. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 12:28 PM

JURISDICTION - Courts - Provincial and territorial courts - Trial courts - Over offence

Appeal by Sciascia from a judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario which affirmed his convictions for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop for the police. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:27 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against person and reputation - Motor vehicles - Dangerous operation of motor vehicle - Causing death

Appeal by the Crown from Romano’s acquittal on a charge of dangerous driving causing death. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

Alberta cannabis framework notable for flexibility, hybrid purchase options: experts James Munro,  McMillan LLP

Alberta has joined other provinces in outlining how it will control cannabis as the clock ticks toward legalization of the drug next July, but the provincial government is differing in its approach compared to its counterparts in Ontario and Quebec by allowing private sales. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

Lockyer wants an independent tribunal to review wrongful convictions James Lockyer

Expect to start hearing a lot more from James Lockyer and Innocence Canada in the very near future. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Self-represented defendants in murder cases | Clayton Ruby and Annamaria Enenajor

Watching an accused person defend himself at a murder trial is an uncommon experience in Canada. Murder is the most serious offence in our Criminal Code. Murder trials can be complex, lengthy and technical. Most people facing a potential sentence of life in prison without parole for 25 years would seek to be represented by skilled counsel with the experience and stamina to respond to the Crown’s case in court. This was not the decision that Dellen Millard made when charged with the murder of Laura Babcock. Instead, he decided to go it alone. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

Proposed impaired driving laws could lead to ‘criminalizing’ some pot users, lawyers say Michael_Spratt_sm

A letter to Ottawa from lawyers panning proposed Criminal Code changes around marijuana use and impaired driving highlights the need for evidence-based legislation, not “gut reaction” policy that would criminalize the innocent and beat down the disadvantaged, says a signee. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

Defence bar hopes Senate will amend sexual assault law reforms Megan Savard

With MPs poised to send the Trudeau government’s controversial proposed sexual assault law reforms to the Senate with only a few changes, the defence bar is hoping its constitutional red flags will get more attention from the chamber of “sober second thought.” ... [read more]