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Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Retention of counsel - Relationship with client

Determination of whether defence counsel could continue to act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

SNC-Lavalin affair: Jobs over democracy | Julius Melnitzer

The “public interest,” it turns out, can be a real threat to democracy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 3:04 PM

Teacher spy pen case: When do victims’ voices count? | Karen Bellehumeur

Ryan Jarvis, the high school teacher who secretly used a spy pen to record the breasts and cleavages of female students at school, was sentenced to six months in jail last week. It was a heavy penalty and was meant to send a strong message about the exploitative use of digital technology to violate individuals’ sexual integrity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 10:13 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Resistance or obstruction of a public officer or peace officer

Appeal by the Crown from the respondent’s acquittal for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling in drug case ‘a strong statement denouncing racial profiling,’ lawyer says Michael Spratt

Police cannot rely on race in any way to arrest or detain someone, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled. In R. v. Dudhi 2019 ONCA 665, released on Aug. 22, the court held that the trial judge erred by improperly assessing appellant Rusheed Dudhi’s claim that he was racially profiled by police and quashed his conviction of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking along with a related breach of recognizance conviction for possessing those narcotics. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 7:41 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Procedural rights

Appeal by several accused from convictions for various offences relating to a conspiracy to import and traffic in cocaine. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 9:39 AM

Workplace bullying solutions in a social media age handcomingfromcomputer_sm.jpg

Bullying and cyberbullying are very real and very modern problems in organizations. It’s Newton’s third law of physics, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” applied to the workplace. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

Lawyers getting up to speed on machine learning humaniod_robot_lawyer_sm

Lawyers spend an inordinate amount of time learning the law, following trends and attempting to analyze the law. This learning doesn’t end in law school but continues into practice on files and through continuing professional development (CPD). ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Randomness in prize winning makes bar game illegal, rules Ontario Appeal Court Danielle_Bush_sm

Canadian game manufacturers not wanting to be hit with unlawful gambling infractions will have to ensure their products are those of skill with no element of chance when it comes to prizes available to be won, says a lawyer after an Ontario court deemed an electronic bar game to be illegal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Need for legislated independent oversight in Nova Scotia jails Silhouettte.jpg

Starting this September, a group consisting of members of a civil society, a committee of East Coast Prison Justice Society, is set to enter the mens’ side of a Nova Scotian correctional facility to begin the process of information collection through meeting with detainees and staff. ... [read more]