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Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

LEGISLATION - Jurisdiction - Constitutional issues - Federal v. provincial jurisdiction

Appeals by the Attorney General of Canada, Attorney General of British Columbia and Attorney General of Quebec from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal in the matter of a reference concerning the constitutionality of the implementation of pan Canadian securities regulation. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 10:13 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

Top court rules constitutional path is clear for proposed pan-Canadian securities regulation Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that the Constitution authorizes pan-Canadian securities regulation by a single national securities regulator, as per the national “Cooperative System” for the regulation of capital markets proposed by Ottawa and five provinces and one territory. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Former federal deputy minister joins Bennett Jones as senior counsel

Bennett Jones announced that Lori Sterling has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Ottawa office. Her 30 years of leadership in federal and provincial government helps businesses adapt to critical legal and policy issues. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Electricity - Generation - Rates

Appeal by Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. (CFLCo) from a judgment of the Québec Court of Appeal affirming a decision of the Québec Superior Court. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 10:32 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

N.L.’s bid to overturn Churchill Falls power contract out of time, unjustified under Quebec civil law: SCC Clément Gascon

In an important civil law judgment on the concepts of good faith and equity in contract law, the Supreme Court of Canada has 7-1 dismissed Newfoundland’s bid to reopen a 65-year contract obliging that province to sell power from its Churchill Falls power station to Hydro-Quebec at prices drastically below market rates. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 5:53 PM

SCC rules Crown not obliged to routinely disclose breathalyzer maintenance records to the defence Roe

In a far-reaching 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that breathalyzer maintenance records are third-party (not first-party) records and therefore the Alberta Crown didn’t have to disclose them to people charged with drinking and driving, unless the accused convinced a court that the records were “likely relevant” to their defence. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

EXTRAORDINARY REMEDIES - Certiorari

Appeal from a judgment of the Québec Court of Appeal setting aside a decision of the Superior Court which allowed an application for certiorari against a Court of Québec decision. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

RIGHTS OF ACCUSED - To disclosure

Appeals by Gubbins and Vallentgoed from a judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal setting aside a decision which affirmed the stay of proceedings in Gubbins’ case and ordered a new trial for Vallentgoed. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Top judge warns of ‘worrying trend’ of incivility on bench, urges judges to lead by example, avoid personalized attacks Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge is warning that the Canadian judiciary is not immune from the “excesses and loss of control” that too often infect public discourse, and which are also reflected in some vitriolic judicial opinions emanating from south of the border. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Justice Côté goes own way in almost 40% of cases but her SCC admin law dissents push the court TLD Exclusive

When the Supreme Court zigs, this judge zags. As she closes in on her fourth anniversary at the top court Dec. 1, Justice Suzanne Côté, a former star civil litigator from Montreal, is staking her claim to the “great dissenter” mantle worn most recently by several of her predecessors from Quebec, Marie Deschamps, Morris Fish and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé. ... [read more]