The Supreme Court of Canada today set aside the conviction of a man charged with child luring on the Internet and ordered a new trial. The case marked the first time the Supreme Court looked at whether the child luring provisions of the Criminal Code violated the Charter; the high court decided that it did in declaring the “presumption of belief” regarding age contained in the provisions to be of no force and effect.
Since the federal government’s Cannabis Act was passed into law in October, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis, the gold rush of activity in the sector has only intensified.
The future may be green, but as the cannabis industry in Canada expands by leaps and bounds since recreational use of the plant was legalized here in October, cannabis growers and retailers alike will need to move to protect their intellectual properties sooner rather than later, and to ensure they are complying with regulations.
A look at child protection across the country shows a system that is struggling to better protect children and youth.
The default judgement of a Utah court is enforceable under Quebec’s civil code, the Supreme Court of Canada decided today in dismissing the appeal of a Quebec businessman who was sued in Utah.
This week at the SCC
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, two of them of criminal law decisions — the first of which involves a young person appealing a conviction on the basis of length of time elapsed before his trial concluded pursuant to the guidelines established in R. v. Jordan. The civil cases concern Carleton University’s attempts to recoup pension payments to a professor later determined to be dead; and a PR firm's tangle with the City of Montreal over unpaid invoices.
Videos of female students that a high school teacher surreptitiously recorded breached those students’ reasonable expectation of privacy, and the act constitutes criminal voyeurism, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today. The decision, penned by the chief justice of the court, also established considerations for circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy.
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, all of them of criminal law decisions.
A former convict has lost his bid to collaterally attack a parole board residency condition that was made as part of a long-term supervision order, in a unanimous Supreme Court decision that marks the first time the high court has looked at the rules governing collateral attacks when a Charter breach is alleged.
The requirements of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the province of Alberta’s regime concerning the cost of remedying the environmental effects of abandoned oil wells can co-exist, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.