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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 6:25 AM

PROCEDURE - Trial judge’s duties - Assessing credibility of witnesses

Appeal by the accused, Barnes, from convictions for breaking and entering with intent, sexual assault, assault, choking to overcome resistance, uttering threats and unlawful confinement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Ottawa providing nearly $10 million in funding to support Indigenous law initiatives Justice Minister David Lametti

The federal government has announced support for a number of projects across the country aimed at renewing and revitalizing legal relationships with Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 11:50 AM

What can be done about upward trend of self-represented litigants Uphill Battle

Much has been said about the extent of the phenomenon of self-represented litigants. The Law Society of Ontario’s Rules of Professional Conduct contains rules for lawyers interacting with self-represented litigants (SRLs). Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, in 2007, stated that “Our courtrooms today are filled with litigants who are not represented by counsel, trying to navigate the sometimes complex demands of law and procedure.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

Playing the blame game | John L. Hill

It comes as no surprise that Canadians are weary of COVID-19 and the restrictions placed upon us in an attempt to reduce community spread. An unfortunate social byproduct is to play the “blame game.” The object is to seek out and name a level of government, a nationality or governmental institution that is causing us to change our traditional manners of behaviour. Sometimes the blame game eases temporary frustration but over time it could damage the very institutions upon which we rely for good governance. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

B.C. seeking public input in developing provincial response to ‘revenge porn’ Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law, University of Calgary

B.C.’s government is reaching out to the public in its attempts to develop a civil response to the scourge of non-consensual distribution of intimate images (NCDII) online, which is commonly known as “revenge porn” and has led to incidents both serious and tragic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 6:07 AM

SENTENCING - Fraud over $5,000 - Sentencing precedents or starting point

Appeal by the Crown from conditional sentences imposed on the accused, Dawson and Ross, for fraud and for Dawson for conferring a benefit upon a government employee. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 3:37 PM

Injunction to stop anti-lockdown protests issued in Nova Scotia

A court in Nova Scotia has ordered an injunction against groups seeking to protest the province’s COVID-19 health measures. On May 14, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court issued the provincewide, ex parte injunction in response to rallies that two protest groups had planned for the next day, Saturday, May 15. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 12:46 PM

New judge appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General announced the appointment of a new justice to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 27, 2021. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Subjective consent to sexual activity requires a person to both give consent, be capable of it: SCC Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court has restored the convictions of a common law couple who were found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old during a camping trip, saying that consent to sexual activity requires a person to not only give consent but also be capable of doing so. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Clark Wilson partner honoured for community safety efforts

The Vancouver Police Board and the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced that Clark Wilson partner Bernard Pinsky has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Jim and Vicki Chu Community Safety Leader Award for his contributions toward crime prevention and community safety in Vancouver. ... [read more]