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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 12:39 PM

Everyone’s problem: COVID-19, race, mental health | Safia Thompson

We engage in daily discourse about the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to mental health, but have we stopped for a moment and thought about the double pandemic we might be living in? As per the government of Canada website, we have had a total of 141,911 COVID-19 cases in Canada, with 123,723 recovered, 9,205 deaths and 8,983 active cases. While alarming and certainly troubling, I am here to remind you that we are also living through another pandemic, namely anti-Black racism. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 4:03 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal reaffirms responsibility for Jordan delays lies with Crown Howard Krongold sm

Highlighting the Crown’s duty to prevent court delays, the Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected a Crown argument that the absence of three judges due to illness and an education seminar caused an unavoidable delay that warranted extending the trial of a man charged with aggravated assault beyond the 18-month Jordan limit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

DLA Piper adds criminal law partner in Calgary

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Jordan Deering has joined the ‎firm as a partner in the Calgary office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Absolute liability: When does it apply? Hand receiving cheque

In light of the implications of absolute liability, it is important for defence counsel and insurers to be acquainted with the various circumstances in which this concept applies. ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

LSO crowd-pleaser fee relief motion the opposite of what’s needed | Jonathan Rosenthal

Let’s say a government were to go rogue and compel you to have a limb amputated. Quick! Which one would you choose? ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Will pandemic finally lead to lower annual fees for Ontario licensees? | Andrew Puiras

Annual fees have been a sort of perennial issue in Law Society of Ontario (LSO) politics, causing groans but never erupting to the forefront. In the 2019 bencher election, many candidates made lowering annual fees part of their platform, but annual fees got lost in the shuffle as the statement of principles took centre stage. In 2019, Convocation lowered 2020 annual fees for lawyers by $135 to $2,066, a modest decrease of approximately six per cent from the previous year. ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

SENTENCING - Denunciation - Health (incl. mental health) - Domestic abuse

Appeal by the Crown from sentence of four years’ imprisonment for attempted murder. The respondent attacked her former spouse’s wife with a knife. The respondents held her former spouse and his new wife responsible for the fact that she had not seen her daughter for two years. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

LSO fee relief motion a matter of disaster relief for members | Gerard Charette

This Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher from Windsor would like to offer a view different from that espoused by Joe Groia in his column of Sept. 16 (LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public). Unlike Joe, I firmly support bencher Geoff Pollock’s motion to reduce members’ fees by 25 per cent for the upcoming year (the “Fee Relief Motion”). That motion comes before Convocation on Sept. 24. Sadly, a motion to table (defer) bencher Pollock’s Fee Relief Motion might be made without allowing there to be any debate. But in any event, there will be some important points raised. So, please tune in to the LSO’s public access of the Sept. 24 Convocation. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 8:12 AM

Supreme Court’s early start to fall session will clear backlog, could bring landmark rulings SCC Fall Session

In what will be an early start to its fall session, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to tackle highly anticipated appeals involving provincial challenges to the federal carbon tax, a newspaper reporter’s fight to unseal estate details of a murdered billionaire couple and a dispute over the ending of peremptory challenges in jury selections. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 6:22 AM

EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Prejudicial evidence - Confessions and statements by the accused

Appeal by the accused from conviction for first degree murder. The victim’s body was found in a ditch. The appellant was charged eight years later. ... [read more]