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Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

EVIDENCE - Witnesses - Credibility

Appeal by the accused from conviction for sexual assault. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 5:44 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 6:09 PM

PM, Butts deny ‘inappropriate pressure’ in SNC case; ex-AG’s speedy ‘final’ rejection of DPA questioned Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has acknowledged there was an “erosion of trust” between former Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould and his office, especially between Wilson-Raybould and his former principal secretary Gerald Butts. But echoing comments made March 6 by Butts, and by Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, the prime minister continued to insist that neither he nor his senior officials ever “inappropriately pressured” Wilson-Raybould to shelve the SNC-Lavalin criminal prosecution on fraud and bribery charges ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 2:17 PM

B.C. Appeal Court highlights need to consider mental illness when sentencing impaired offender Michael Spratt

Trial judges need to strike the right balance when addressing concurrent issues of intoxication and mental illness in sentencing an offender, according to a recent ruling by the British Columbia Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Problems with measuring drug toxicity brainchemistry_sm.jpg

A drug effect is directly related to the concentration of the drug, which is the mass of the drug per volume within the tissue in which it is exerting a given effect. When speaking of impairment and driving, the tissue of concern is the brain. However, the challenge is that we cannot measure the concentration of the drug in the brain without removing portions of the tissue. A surrogate measure of drug effect typically used is the concentration of the drug in the blood. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 8:38 AM

BYLAWS AND RESOLUTIONS - Enforcement of bylaws - Ticketing - Grounds for invalidity

Application by Weisdorf seeking to quash the City of Toronto’s By-Law No. 799-2017. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Access to Justice: Saving pro bono help centres | Beverley McLachlin

On a chilly November day in Toronto last fall, I received an unexpected e-mail. Would I be willing to make a video statement to help save Pro Bono Ontario’s court-based Law Help Centres? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

New Manitoba court for offenders with fetal alcohol syndrome called ‘game changer’ Lori_Van_Dongen_sm

A new Manitoba sentencing court for offenders with fetal alcohol disorders will mean better access to justice for a widespread number of those with the condition — particularly those coming from the province’s Indigenous population, legal minds say. The court will be in Winnipeg and could be up and running by the end of March, according to both a judge and lawyer who have long advocated for increased supports for those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Judges make YouTube video to demystify court process for newcomers, teens Samuel_Moreau_sm

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association has launched a YouTube video of a common courtroom scenario in efforts to soothe the fears of newcomers and young people when brought before the bench. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

A history of access to justice | Sam Goldstein

What the term access to justice means has evolved over time since it first became an issue in the early 1970s to describe the growing concern that class should not be a barrier to obtaining legal advice from a lawyer on how to assert your legal rights. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 7:53 AM

APPEALS - Grounds - Question of law - Leave to - Mootness

Application by the deceased offender for leave to appeal a decision that denied the appointment of a personal representative to prosecute his appeal from a summary conviction for sexual assault. ... [read more]