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Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 5:22 PM

Top court rules B.C. must offer trials in French for provincial offences Jennifer_Klinck

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that persons charged in British Columbia with motor vehicle and other provincial offences have the right to be tried in French, on request — ending the practice of offering only English trials for provincial offences in that province (and arguably other provinces with similar statutes, such as Newfoundland and P.E.I.). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Manitoba police need proper disclosure rules for background checks, says lawyer Chris Gamby

Explicit rules are needed in Manitoba for what information police provide as part of criminal background checks for vulnerable sector work, says a lawyer of a court decision involving a man turned down for a job as a school bus driver upon the discovery of unproven sex charges. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

ONCA rules docs’ religious objections to MAiD, abortion, other health care don’t trump patients’ right of access Ruth Ainsworth and Lisa Brownstone

In a far-reaching decision that could go to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal has affirmed the constitutionality of the “effective referral” requirements imposed on doctors by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 3:23 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 4:05 PM

Ottawa revises appointment process to give Quebec more say in filling province’s three SCC seats Justin Trudeau

Ottawa and Quebec have struck what they dub a “historic agreement” to give the province greater say in the selection of Supreme Court of Canada judges from Quebec — a key demand made by the new nationalist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

SCC’s Gascon says he is ‘fully capable’ of performing judicial duties after recent ‘panic attack’ Clément Gascon

Lawyers and judges are praising Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon, who has experienced some dark days recently, for shining a bright light on anxiety and depression — two conditions with which he and thousands of other Canadians contend. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Decision on Indigenous hunting rights ‘will be picked up in other parts of the world’: lawyer Mark Underhill, Arvay Finlay LLP

An Indigenous man from the United States has had his acquittal for unlawful hunting upheld after the B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled his Aboriginal right to hunt was protected by the Canadian Constitution. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 3:11 PM

Chief Justice Wagner reaches out to Canadians via video; SCC will hear appeals outside Ottawa for first time Richard Wagner

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner will lead the top court to sit outside Ottawa for the first time in its 144-year history and, in another novel move, he announced that historic development to Canadians via a personal video statement posted on social media. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

‘Be a champion for yourself,’ human rights commissioner advises recent calls, women (L-R) Divya Khurana, Renu Mandhane, Bethany Mckoy sm

Renu Mandhane, the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has some advice for law students and recent calls: be tenacious and take risks. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 9:33 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Quebec seeks greater input into next SCC appointment as deadline for applications from Quebec jurists looms Sonia LeBel

With applications closing this week for the next Supreme Court of Canada vacancy, the Trudeau government has yet to announce a deal with the nationalist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government, which is seeking more say — such as the right to nominate its own candidate(s) — on who becomes the next Supreme Court judge from Quebec in the fall. ... [read more]

Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Use of sketches in discovery upheld by Appeal Court Karen_Bennett-Clayton_sm

A Nova Scotia appeal decision in an ongoing civil action involving a three-way car crash has “solidified” the long-standing practice of lawyers having witnesses sketch scenes during pretrial discovery hearings. ... [read more]