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Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 7:01 AM

Lawyers anticipate split ruling as SCC reserves judgment after animated TWU hearing Malcolm Rowe

As day two of the hotly contested TWU case drew to a close at the Supreme Court, several lawyers said they expect a split judgment — but counsel on both sides were less certain about the final outcome, or what the determinative issues of the multi-layered historic case will be. ... [read more]

Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS - Land claims agreements - Practice and procedure Courts - Jurisdiction

Appeal by the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun and others from a Yukon Court of Appeal judgment allowing in part the appeal from a decision ordering the government of Yukon (Yukon) to reconduct its consultation as part of the land use plan approval process pertaining to the Peel Watershed. ... [read more]

Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 7:29 AM

TWU counsel get rougher ride than law societies at SCC hearing Wagner

Day one of the much-anticipated Trinity Western University (TWU) hearing at the Supreme Court featured tough judicial questions for both sides, but most questions were directed to counsel for the evangelical Christian university which contends British Columbia and Ontario legal regulators shouldn’t have denied it accreditation for its proposed law school. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

Tort law surrounding mental injuries is evolving, thanks to the Supreme Court Mental injury

Until very recently, society's attitudes toward mental illness have been largely reflected in the legal realm, with more stringent tests for establishing a compensable mental injury. However, the law has been moving in the direction of greater recognition of mental health problems. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 6:24 PM

Criminal lawyers say Martin good for SCC despite her approach to sex assault law Supreme Court of Canada

Criminal lawyers in Alberta are praising the proposed appointment to the top court of Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Sheilah Martin — even though many strongly object to her recent pronouncements in a landmark sexual assault decision now under attack at the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

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]