March: Recent SCC Decisions

Criminal Law: Charter “Testimony” Cameron v. R., 2020 ABCA 276 (39444)The Applicant, Mr. Cameron, was the President, Secretary, and sole director of VTI, an Alberta company which he incorporated in 2002. In 2005, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) determined VTI violated securities law by distributing securities to British Columbia residents without complying with …

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Should Vaccinating Prisoners Be a Priority?

The decision to prioritize vaccinating prisoners during Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is a controversial move that is being met with both resistance and encouragement from political leaders and the public. Some prison rights advocates argue that inmates should receive vaccines at the same time as frontline workers, while some of the general public and …

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February: Recent SCC Decisions

Criminal Law: Right to Counsel R. v. Dussault, 2020 QCCA 746 (39330) The Respondent, Patrick Dussault, was arrested for murder and arson. Before his trial, he moved to exclude from the evidence an incriminating statement he had made to the police while being questioned; the reason he gave was the statement had been obtained as the …

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6 Influential Black Canadians In Canadian Law

Black History Month is a month to celebrate influential Black Canadians and their accomplishments and contributions to Canada’s history, culture, development and heritage. In honour of Black History Month, we’re summarizing the work and legacy of six influential Black Canadians who made breakthroughs in Canadian Law.  James Douglas, the father of British Columbia  James …

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The Problem with Alberta’s Impaired Driving Laws

The province of Alberta introduced changes to its impaired driving laws late last year. Under this new legislation, police will give first-time impaired driving offenders stiff fines instead of a criminal court trial. The province believes that the new impaired driving laws will take some of the pressure off of overworked police and Court …

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January: Recent SCC Decisions

Recent Supreme Court of Canada and Appeals Courts decision synopses graciously authored and provided by Professor Eugene Meehan and Supreme Advocacy LLP. The full website is accessible at https://supremeadvocacy.ca/.  Criminal Law: Aiding & Abetting Cowan v. R., 2020 SKCA 77 (39301) Following a trial before a judge sitting alone, Mr. Cowan (appellant on the appeal as of right/Respondent on the …

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Crime Rates Across Canada

17 police services reported that certain criminal incidents decreased by 17 percent in the first six months of the pandemic. However, domestic violence calls increased. Calls for threats against family members also increased. These calls increased by four percent when compared to 2019. With lockdown measures potentially extending well into 2021, certain crime rates …

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The Challenges Surrounding Safe Driving Laws and Self-Driving Cars

2021 will be the year of autonomous vehicles. One of the biggest players is Tesla. The electric car company will be releasing its ‘full self-driving’ feature for its vehicles as a subscription in early 2021. Experts are predicting that autonomous vehicles could result in a 30 percent increase in total vehicle traffic in congested …

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Do COVID-19 Restrictions Violate Canadians’ Right To Protest?

As COVID-19 cases across the country continue to skyrocket, many citizens are fighting back. Some Canadians say that the restrictions fly in the face of their freedoms and violate their right to protest. Government officials insist that restrictions are put in place for everybody’s safety. Ultimately, there are many conflicting opinions on how to …

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