• Canadians skeptical law enforcement agencies are ready for cannabis

    Canadians skeptical law enforcement agencies are ready for cannabis

    Oct 3, 2018

    ​ Half of Canadians say that they don’t think their province, or its laws, are ready for marijuana legalization on Oct. 17, according to a study by the Angus Reid Institute. ​

  • Doug Ford announces $7.6 million to fund 'legal SWAT teams' in Toronto

    Doug Ford announces $7.6 million to fund 'legal SWAT teams' in Toronto

    Aug 9, 2018

    Premier Doug Ford has announced the Ontario provincial government will be giving millions of dollars to create "legal SWAT teams" at each of Toronto’s provincial courthouses, in response to gang and gun violence.

  • Liberal criminal justice reforms a bold betrayal

    Apr 9, 2018

    The legislation, Bill C-75, was billed as a silver bullet to unclog our courts and bring about a “cultural shift” in the justice system. The changes may be bold, but in this case the proposed reforms will likely result in more delays and more unfair trials.

  • Sounding the privacy alarm

    Oct 2, 2017

    Should the police be able to track who you call or text and where you are located throughout the day even when you are not suspected of any crime? Most people would not hesitate, I suspect, to say no.

  • A judge’s words: What wearing a Trump cap means

    Sep 25, 2017

    Words matter and have consequences. The words “Make America Great Again” on a baseball cap worn by Justice Bernd Zabel in his Hamilton, Ont. courtroom the morning after the presidential election have compounded through alignment with U.S. President Donald Trump.

  • Under construction

    Under construction

    Sep 19, 2017

    A statute that governs the construction industry in Ontario is set for a major overhaul for the first time in nearly 35 years.The proposed changes to the Construction Lien Act, which could become law later this year, are an attempt to modernize the payment and dispute resolution systems in the industry and bring the statutory framework in line with jurisdictions in other countries.

  • Playing the Jordan ‘Trump’ card

    Jul 4, 2017

    Canada’s 150th birthday also marks a darker anniversary. It’s been one year since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in R. v. Jordan. The controversial case, which turned the justice system on its ear, drew an arbitrary line in the sand, setting 18 months for provincial court and 30 months at the superior court system as the outside deadline for bringing cases to trial.

  • Bad games

    May 15, 2017

    Sellers of circumvention devices beware! On March 1, the Federal Court of Canada awarded Nintendo of America Inc. $12,760,000 in damages for copyright infringement and the circumvention of technological protection measures, or TPMs.

  • Court Delays

    Court Delays

    May 1, 2017

    R. v. Jordan was a wakeup call, but did it really address root causes? Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil was asked to decide earlier this year whether a delay of approximately 33 months before trial was sufficient to stay charges against three men facing multiple offences including robbery and aggravated assault.

  • Gender identity and expression

    Gender identity and expression

    Apr 24, 2017

    British Columbia amended its Human Rights Code in July 2016 to add “gender identity and expression” as a protected ground. This means that, in B.C., it is now prohibited to discriminate in areas including employment based on a person’s gender identity or gender expression.

  • In search of the right expert witness

    In search of the right expert witness

    Apr 24, 2017

    While it may seem at times that in the world at large there is increasing resistance to facts and expertise, this is not the case in the courts.

  • Third-party litigation funding

    Third-party litigation funding

    Jan 3, 2017

    The first statutory restrictions against maintenance and champerty were enacted in England in 1305, as a result of royal officials and nobles lending their names to dubious legal claims in exchange for a portion of any proceeds. The medieval-era statutes were repealed in 1967 and, for most in the profession today, the doctrines are likely a long-ago law school memory.

  • Enforcement officers: kids judging credibility

    Aug 29, 2016