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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 2:56 PM

Public lines up in Winnipeg for first Supreme Court of Canada hearing outside Ottawa SCC in Winnipeg

Manitobans began to line up before dawn on Sept. 25 at the Winnipeg Law Courts for the historic opportunity to watch the Supreme Court of Canada’s nine judges live and in action as the top court sat for the first time outside its Ottawa home base since the court’s creation in 1875. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Trial judge’s task was not to ‘mock,’ ‘shame’ defendant in sex assault case, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal strongly rebuked a judgment in a sexual assault case, ruling the lower court judge’s reasons gave rise to “concerns regarding a loss of perspective and objectivity and result in an appearance of unfairness.” Due to these reasons, the conviction was set aside and a new trial was ordered. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Appeal Court upholds constitutionality of Ford government’s cut to Toronto city council size Adam Goldenberg

It turns out, Ontario Premier Doug Ford did not have to threaten use of the notwithstanding clause to defend his government’s legislative move to reduce the size of Toronto city council before the municipal election on Oct. 22, 2018. In a 3-2 decision released on Sept. 19, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, is constitutional. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

Students can still appear in summary conviction matters after B.C. amends law

B.C. has followed in Ontario’s footsteps to ensure students will continue to be able to act on summary conviction matters. An order-in-council by the provincial lieutenant-governor, which came into effect Sept. 19, allows articling students, temporary articling students and students who are participating in law clinics and programs to appear as agents under s. 802.1(c) of the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 1:43 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 2:31 PM

SCC judges kick off week-long trip to Manitoba with press conference at Winnipeg law courts Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court’s nine judges kicked off their high-profile week-long trip to Winnipeg with a news conference by Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner and Chief Justice of Manitoba Richard Chartier. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

Landmark ruling on medically-assisted death may set stage for more challenges  David Roberge

A landmark ruling that invalidated the “reasonably foreseeable” death clause of both the federal and Quebec laws on medical assistance in dying may lay the groundwork for further legal challenges seeking to broaden its coverage, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

‘Orwellian’ Alberta energy inquiry risks infringing on freedom of expression, legal group says Devon Page, Ecojustice

A number of legal and human rights organizations are raising alarm bells about the newly elected Alberta government’s plan to “fight back” against opponents of the province’s oil and gas sector, with one saying they will launch legal action should the government not make changes to a public inquiry looking at alleged foreign influence in the anti-energy movement. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

B.C. must revisit environmental certificate for Trans Mountain pipeline, Appeal Court says  Matthew Kirchner

In another twist in the saga surrounding the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered the provincial government reconsider its environmental certificate for the project because the assessment it was based on is no longer valid. ... [read more]

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 3:40 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 3:43 PM

Officials hope recommendations to end racial profiling will help lawyers, clients Renu_Mandhane_sm

There is hope a new set of recommendations on how to end racial profiling by Ontario’s police forces will jump-start better communication between lawyers and aid them in understanding how profiling impacts their clients. ... [read more]

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

SCC certifies class action, upholds lower court’s decision on ‘umbrella purchasers,’ limitation period Russell Brown sm

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed appeals brought by manufacturers Pioneer Corporation and Toshiba Corporation in a class action certification commenced by a B.C. businessman who accused the electronics firms of “price-fixing” optical disc drives (ODDs), which would include CD, DVD and Blu-ray products. ... [read more]