The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, one constitutional and three criminal. The constitutional law case concerns Innu communities seeking damages from mining companies -- Iron Ore Company of Canada, based in Quebec, and Northshore Mining Company -- which have been performing extraction activities on Innu ancestral lands on the Labrador peninsula since the 1950s. The attorney general of Newfoundland and Labrador argues that Quebec has no jurisdiction over the case.
April 23 – Yukon Territory – Larue v. R.
Criminal law: The appellant was convicted of first degree murder after a trial in which the jury heard a range of Mr. Big and hearsay evidence. At trial, a witness refused to testify and, as a result, the Crown applied to admit two hearsay statements under the principled approach to the hearsay rule. A majority of the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. Bennett J.A., dissenting, would have allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial on the basis that the statements did not meet the test of threshold reliability to be admitted under the principled approach to hearsay as articulated in R. v. Bradshaw, 2017 SCC 35,  1 S.C.R. 865.