SCC

  • This week at the SCC

    Nov 13, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week relating to labour relations (Quebec), a habeas corpus application in Alberta, a challenge in B.C. under the Official Languages Act and a tax preparer’s conviction of fraud in Toronto.

  • SCC rules that a national securities regulator is constitutional

    SCC rules that a national securities regulator is constitutional

    Nov 9, 2018

    In a highly anticipated decision released today, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a proposed co-operative pan-Canadian securities regulator is constitutional, thereby overturning a finding of the Quebec appellate court.

  • Maintenance records of breathalyzer machines are subject to third-party disclosure regime: SCC

    Maintenance records of breathalyzer machines are subject to third-party disclosure regime: SCC

    Oct 26, 2018

    In a trilogy of impaired driving cases the Supreme Court of Canada decided today, the appeals of two Alberta men who had demanded maintenance records for the breathalyzer instruments used following roadside pull-overs were dismissed, while the Quebec Crown’s appeal of a demand for disclosure was also dismissed.

  • Marshall Rothstein casts an eye to Supreme Court docket, including standard of review

    Marshall Rothstein casts an eye to Supreme Court docket, including standard of review

    Oct 25, 2018

    When Marshall Rothstein was being considered as a puisne judge on the Supreme Court of Canada in the winter of 2006, he was the first candidate to go through a parliamentary hearing process and answer questions from a special parliamentary committee prior to his appointment.

  • Quebec hotel's insurer on the hook for car stolen in 'park and fly' arrangement

    Oct 19, 2018

    A panel of Supreme Court justices said in a decision released Friday that a hotel is liable for a car stolen from its parking lot, and the hotel’s insurer must pay.

  • Parliament has no duty to consult First Nations in making laws: SCC

    Parliament has no duty to consult First Nations in making laws: SCC

    Oct 11, 2018

    Although the Crown must act honourably toward Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Parliament is not required to consult them when making laws, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

  • This week at the SCC

    Oct 9, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals this week, its first of the fall session. The first two appeals involve charges of sexual assault against Indigenous persons, while the third concerns an alleged Charter breach in a search-and-seizure case.

  • Parliamentary privilege doesn’t apply to National Assembly labour dispute: SCC

    Parliamentary privilege doesn’t apply to National Assembly labour dispute: SCC

    Oct 5, 2018

    Parliamentary privilege did not extend to firing security guards for misconduct, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today in dismissing an appeal by the president of Quebec’s National Assembly.

  • City of Burnaby, Toronto Real Estate Board both lose SCC appeal bids

    City of Burnaby, Toronto Real Estate Board both lose SCC appeal bids

    Aug 23, 2018

    Two high-profile appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada were dismissed today, but the fight will continue in other courts in one of those cases.

  • B.C. wins SCC appeal on production of health-care databases in Big Tobacco case

    B.C. wins SCC appeal on production of health-care databases in Big Tobacco case

    Jul 13, 2018

    A major tobacco company’s bid for production of a collection of British Columbia health-care databases containing coded health-care information has ended today, with the Supreme Court of Canada allowing the appeal of the province in dismissing Philip Morris International’s application. However, the tobacco giant and other defendants are still entitled to production of the databases if any of B.C.’s expert witnesses should rely on them.

  • SCC rules landowner waited too long to challenge bylaw but has right to seek damages

    SCC rules landowner waited too long to challenge bylaw but has right to seek damages

    Jul 6, 2018

    In the first such Quebec case to be decided by the Supreme Court of Canada, a landowner’s bylaw challenge was found to be prescribed by a time limitation, but the court has allowed the case to continue in Quebec’s Superior Court on the unresolved claims, including for an indemnity of disguised expropriation.

  • SCC to hear appeal in Teranet class action brought by land surveyors

    SCC to hear appeal in Teranet class action brought by land surveyors

    Jun 21, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to an appeal of a summary judgment dismissing a class action brought by land surveyors against Teranet, the body that manages Ontario’s electronic land registry system for the Ontario government.

  • SCC says courts can't decide procedural fairness of religious organizations

    SCC says courts can't decide procedural fairness of religious organizations

    Jun 1, 2018

    In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the courts have no jurisdiction to address the procedural fairness of religious groups or other volunteer organizations.

  • SCC sides with Joseph Groia after legal battle over civility

    SCC sides with Joseph Groia after legal battle over civility

    Jun 1, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada has found that the Law Society Appeal Tribunal erred when it found lawyer Joseph Groia committed professional misconduct during a case that ended more than a decade ago, and the SCC has dismissed the complaints against him.

  • Vice Media, rights groups at SCC to challenge production order ruling

    Vice Media, rights groups at SCC to challenge production order ruling

    May 23, 2018

    A case being heard at the Supreme Court of Canada today could be an early indicator of how new Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner looks at issues of free expression in a matter some suggest could be a landmark case.

  • This week at the SCC

    May 22, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals this week, all relating to constitutional law, the Canadian charter, and two with production of evidence. In the first, most high-profile case, Vice Media will make a case for press freedom in refusing to share information on a story source, who was an ISIS fighter. The second two appeals relate to child luring via the internet.

  • SCC upholds claim of workers compensation against a non-employer

    SCC upholds claim of workers compensation against a non-employer

    May 18, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, which found a forestry company liable for the death of a contract worker employed on its premises.

  • This week at the SCC

    Apr 24, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, all in civil cases. Two Quebec cases involve corporations being sued for professional misconduct or breach of contract, while a British Columbia case has to do with contract law as it concerns subsidized tenants with trust funds. Finally, Rogers Communications is seeking payment from a film production company for producing customer records.

  • This week at the SCC

    Apr 16, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, all criminal. Four cases address victim surcharges in criminal cases, and the last is an appeal of the acquittal of a London, Ont. high school teacher of voyeurism.

  • SCC upholds convictions in death of young girl

    SCC upholds convictions in death of young girl

    Apr 13, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada released its reasons today for upholding first-degree murder convictions against a man and his common-law wife in the death of his young daughter and elucidated on the meaning of “unlawful confinement” in parent-child relationships.