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Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Appeal court raps jury over inconsistencies

It was illogical and inconsistent for a jury to convict a Toronto-area man for criminal negligence causing death while acquitting him on a charge of dangerous driving causing death for the same conduct, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Language rights denial prompts strong rebuke

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has quashed an Ottawa man’s committal for trial and ordered his legal costs paid after finding “repeated” and “reprehensible” violations of his right to a criminal proceeding in French. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Lawyers warn bill on fast track could have unanticipated fallout

A federal government bill that further restricts the narrow defence of provocation to prevent its use in so-called “honour killing” cases is unnecessary and counterproductive, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

No patent on privilege in federal push

A federal government proposal to throw a cloak of secrecy over patent and trademark agents’ confidential communications with their clients has divided the intellectual property bar and surprised legal regulators. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

CBA takes tough stand on union bill

The federal government is expected to push through a bill before Parliament adjourns for the summer that the Canadian Bar Association contends impinges on unions’ constitutional rights and their solicitor-client privilege. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Unless feds move to address issues claims tribunal in peril, chair says

The judge who heads the new adjudicative Specific Claims Tribunal warns it will fail if appointments are not made soon to a body the government pledged would deliver expeditious “justice at last” for historic First Nations claims. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

CBA says terror bill is ‘infirm’

The federal government’s changes to its proposed anti-terrorism law do not fix Bill C-51’s major constitutional defects, the Canadian Bar Association says. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Experts decry tougher parole law from Tories

South of the Canadian border, where 32 U.S. states still have the death penalty, critics call it the “living death” penalty. Life without parole, or “LWOP” as it is known, is the latest, harshest American-style mandatory minimum penalty the federal government plans to import to Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

B.C. appeal court refuses to halt dementia patient’s spoon feeding

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has affirmed that a care facility is required to continue to offer food and fluids to a woman in the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease, even though her family says this contradicts her previously expressed wishes. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Court offers rule clarity in dismissal cases

Employers generally must have “legitimate business reasons” for administratively suspending their non-unionized workers, and should be “forthright” with employees about those reasons, the Supreme Court has ruled. ... [read more]