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Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Ruling could prompt change in bestiality law

Animal rights advocates say their recent loss at the Supreme Court adds new urgency to nearly two decades of failed legislative efforts to update Canada’s antiquated animal cruelty laws. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Sweeping power of CRA rolled back by Supreme Court ruling

New federal legislation restoring the tax man’s audit powers could follow the Supreme Court’s invalidation of provisions that purported to compel lawyers and notaries to disclose information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), including their accounting records and clients’ names. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Rate hike on mortgage in arrears slapped down by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has put teeth into the federal Interest Act’s s. 8 prohibition against hiking mortgage interest when borrowers fall into arrears. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Indigenous jurist should head the line, advocates say

Appointing the first indigenous judge to the Supreme Court’s impending vacancy should be a top priority — more important than that the next judge hails from the Atlantic provinces or is fluent in French, advocates say. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Defence counsel worries decision may mean yielding too much turf

Officials of international organizations can breathe easier after the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that key immunities guaranteed by an international treaty — signed by Canada and 187 other nations — shield two World Bank entities from domestic court orders to produce personnel or records in criminal prosecutions, including information relating to anonymous informants. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Nation ‘woefully’ short of judges with indigenous roots at top levels

Twenty years ago the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples advised Ottawa to appoint the first Aboriginal jurist to the Supreme Court of Canada. It still hasn’t happened. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Supreme Court Métis ruling perceived as ‘game changer’

The Supreme Court’s groundbreaking ruling that Ottawa has constitutional responsibility for the Métis and non-status Indians is expected to bring gains in education, health, social assistance, economic development and self-governance for the victorious plaintiffs, but if the federal government drags its heels on negotiations, it will be sued, lawyers warn. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Top court recommends ‘safety valves’

The Supreme Court’s invalidation of two excessively punitive and overbroad Harper government sentencing initiatives will trigger court action, and ramp up pressure on Parliament to legislate a general “safety valve” enabling judges to impose lesser sentences in cases where mandatory minimum penalties create injustice, lawyers predict. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Class actions, military justice are among novel cases SCC to weigh

Class action and military justice appeals raise issues of particular note to lawyers on the Supreme Court of Canada’s spring docket. At press time, the top court’s spring session was not fully booked, with just 14 cases slated for argument beginning April 21 and none scheduled for June.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Drapeau seen as inside track SCC contender

Senior members of the legal community speculate the Trudeau government will elevate New Brunswick Chief Justice Ernest Drapeau to the Supreme Court of Canada, citing his strong credentials, fluent bilingualism and close friendship with Dominic LeBlanc, the senior federal cabinet minister for Atlantic Canada. ... [read more]