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Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 10:45 AM - Last Updated: Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 1:17 PM

Mistake to look at wine decision as making determination about Middle East: law prof Sam Trosow, Western University faculty of law

A Federal Court judge has ruled that wines being produced by Israeli winemakers in the West Bank cannot be labelled as “products of Israel,” with observers saying the decision may have broad implication for product labelling in Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Court of Appeal decision reminder that ‘civility starts with the bench,’ lawyers say Michael Lacy sm

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision regarding a manslaughter conviction is being noted by lawyers as an important reminder on civility in the courtroom. The court provided a lengthy analysis on the trial judge’s decorum after the appellant argued that the judge’s conduct created a “reasonable apprehension of bias.” ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 3:06 PM

Ottawa now accepting no-fee expedited pardon applications for simple cannabis possession David Lametti

Tens of thousands of people with convictions for simple cannabis possession became eligible Aug. 1 to apply for no-fee expedited pardons from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) (so long as they have no other kinds of convictions). ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Protesters urge new Ontario AG to reverse cuts to legal aid Legal_Aid_Protest_1_sm

Ontario’s new attorney general must “stand up” to Premier Doug Ford and recommend that cuts to legal aid in the province be reversed, says an organizer of a recent protest by clinics serving racialized communities. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

Change needed to laws on mining disaster cleanup: B.C. First Nations group

An organization representing First Nations in British Columbia’s natural resources sector is calling for the provincial government to beef up its laws to ensure mining companies contribute financially to the cleanup of environmental disasters. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

CRA-IRS agreement over sharing banking information not Charter violation, Federal Court rules

A Federal Court ruling that dismissed a constitutional challenge of two Canadian laws that allow Canada to share with the United States banking information of U.S. citizens living in Canada is “insufficiently sensitive to Charter rights that are designed to protect a taxpayer’s fundamental privacy rights against unreasonable state action,” according to Queen’s University tax law professor Arthur Cockfield. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 4:52 PM

SCC says ‘rape shield’ was misapplied to bar sexual history questions, but convicts accused Andromache-KARAKATSANIS

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that an Ontario man accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a minor who testified she was a virgin at the time of the incident was improperly prevented from cross-examining her about whether she had engaged in sexual activity with anyone else at the relevant time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

Quebec Court of Appeal decision provides more guidance over Mr. Big operations Dylan Jones

The Quebec Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for a Quebec man convicted of second-degree murder after it held that an out-of-court statement he made was involuntary, evidence yielded by a Mr. Big type of operation was inadmissible, and the trial judge should have given more detailed instructions to the jury. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 11:54 AM

Decision establishes ‘clarification of the defence’ available to LSO against claims, lawyer says

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision dismissing claims against the Law Society of Upper Canada, as it then was, noting a provision of the Law Society Act that protects the regulator from claims for damages when it’s acting in “good faith.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Unequal treatment in B.C. will case not motivated solely by discrimination against daughters: judge David Freedman

A B.C. judge has amended wills for a multimillion dollar estate on the basis the couple’s four daughters were treated unfairly when the bulk of the money was given to their two brothers, but rejected the argument the parents were motivated exclusively by cultural practices in their actions. ... [read more]