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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 11:21 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

PM picks feminist constitutional scholar from Alberta for SCC Sheilah Martin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has picked Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Sheilah Martin, a fluently bilingual former law dean with strong constitutional and feminist credentials, to replace Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who retires Dec. 15.   ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

All eyes turn to the Supreme Court’s TWU hearing Eugene Meehan

Lawyers are turning their attention this week to the Supreme Court battle between Trinity Western University (TWU) and two law societies in companion appeals that ask important questions about freedom of religion and equality rights, judicial review, the autonomy of legal regulators and what the legal profession stands for. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:52 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:04 PM

SCC rules Ontario provincial court judges can jointly try criminal and provincial offences Owen Rees

Reversing the Ontario Court of Appeal on a significant jurisdictional point, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 6-1 that Ontario provincial court judges can concurrently try a summary conviction criminal offence and a provincial offence in a single trial. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 12:28 PM

JURISDICTION - Courts - Provincial and territorial courts - Trial courts - Over offence

Appeal by Sciascia from a judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario which affirmed his convictions for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop for the police. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Lawyers address use of precautionary principle at Yellowknife Geoscience Forum Charles Birchall sm

The 45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum, held Nov. 14-16, brought together representatives from the mining industry, academia and government to share information on mineral and petroleum exploration, mining and geoscience research in Canada’s North. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

Privacy commissioners concerned about ability to review solicitor-client privilege claims Jill Clayton

In the legal community, Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, has generated a lot of press due to its provision that travel and expense reports of federally appointed judges be made public. But there is another section that lawyers should take note of: the section that clarifies the powers of the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner to examine documents containing information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

A U-turn on the road to reconciliation | Lynda Collins and Natasha Bakht

The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the landmark case of Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia marks the first time the court has considered whether environmental harm can violate a Charter right. It's also a regressive ruling for Indigenous freedom of religion. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

Permanent residents who receive conditional sentences are not inadmissible Immigrants

In Tran v. Canada, the Supreme Court issued a reminder that sentencing judges are required to take collateral immigration consequences into account. ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

SCC affirms non-lawyers can represent Quebec government before social aid tribunal Russell-BROWN

The Supreme Court has rejected the Barreau du Québec’s bid to bar non-lawyers from drafting motions, proceedings or other legal documents for use by Quebec’s Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity in social benefit cases at the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec (ATQ). ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

LAWYERS - Reserved area of practice

Appeal by the Barreau du Québec from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal setting aside a decision granting motions for judicial review of decisions of the Administrative Tribunal of Québec (ATQ). ... [read more]