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  • Quebec Court of Appeal’s Nicholas Kasirer nominated to Supreme Court of Canada

    Quebec Court of Appeal’s Nicholas Kasirer nominated to Supreme Court of Canada

    Jul 11, 2019

    Nicholas Kasirer, a judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec who previously served on the faculty of McGill University’s law school for 20 years, is on track to be the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Cleaner was employee and not independent contractor under Quebec statute, SCC rules

    Cleaner was employee and not independent contractor under Quebec statute, SCC rules

    May 3, 2019

    A cleaner who had a franchise agreement with a cleaning company was an employee and not an independent contractor pursuant to Quebec’s Act Respecting Collective Agreement Decrees, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today in a 6-3 decision.

  • No expectation of privacy in child-luring cases on the Internet, SCC rules

    No expectation of privacy in child-luring cases on the Internet, SCC rules

    Apr 18, 2019

    A man who was convicted of luring a 14-year-old girl over the Internet had no expectation of privacy in his online communications with “Leann,” who in reality was an undercover police officer, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today, in a judgement in which the judges diverged on approaches to privacy.

  • This week at the SCC

    Apr 15, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals this week, one civil and two criminal.

  • SCC sets guidelines for class actions involving an adjudication process

    SCC sets guidelines for class actions involving an adjudication process

    Apr 12, 2019

    A former Indian residential school student who brought an individual claim for compensation for sexual abuse has had his award restored, in a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada today that may influence future class action lawsuits involving an adjudication process.

  • SCC strikes down 'reasonable belief' requirement in Criminal Code for child-luring cases

    SCC strikes down 'reasonable belief' requirement in Criminal Code for child-luring cases

    Mar 15, 2019

    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.

  • This week at the SCC

    Feb 15, 2019

    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.

  • Right to privacy not an all-or-nothing concept, says SCC in voyeurism case

    Right to privacy not an all-or-nothing concept, says SCC in voyeurism case

    Feb 14, 2019

    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.

  • This week at the SCC

    Feb 11, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, all of them of criminal law decisions.

  • SCC says trust is not disqualifying asset for rental assistance application

    SCC says trust is not disqualifying asset for rental assistance application

    Jan 25, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Henson trust, which is commonly used to set money aside for people with disabilities, should not be considered an “asset” when determining eligibility for rental assistance.

  • Supreme Court of Canada upholds voting rights for Canadians living abroad

    Supreme Court of Canada upholds voting rights for Canadians living abroad

    Jan 11, 2019

    The government was not justified in denying ballots to two Canadians that had lived in the United States for five consecutive years or more, judges at the Supreme Court of Canada said in a five-to-two split decision released on Jan. 11.

  • SCC says 'unjust enrichment’ means irrevocable beneficiary of insurance policy not entitled to benefits

    SCC says 'unjust enrichment’ means irrevocable beneficiary of insurance policy not entitled to benefits

    Nov 23, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of the divorced wife of a deceased insurance policyholder, finding that the man’s common-law spouse was unjustly enriched after being named the irrevocable beneficiary of the policy whose premiums had continued to be paid by the ex-wife.

  • Opening the Supreme Court

    Opening the Supreme Court

    Nov 12, 2018

    In the judge’s reading room of the Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa on a warm fall afternoon, Wagner is reflecting on the influence of family on his life.

  • Opening the Canadian Judicial Council

    Nov 12, 2018

    The SCC has already made improvements under Wagner, but the same cannot be said for the Canadian Judicial Council, which is chaired by the chief justice.

  • 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.

  • SCC upholds contract between Churchill Falls, Hydro Québec

    SCC upholds contract between Churchill Falls, Hydro Québec

    Nov 2, 2018

    The Supreme Court of Canada ended a long-standing dispute between the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador today over the sharing of profits from a hydroelectric plant on Labrador’s Churchill River, deciding that the contract cannot be revisited by the courts.

  • 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.

  • Influence beyond partisanship: Our Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers

    Aug 7, 2018

    As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States

  • 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.

  • Supreme Court rules against TWU accreditation

    Supreme Court rules against TWU accreditation

    Jun 15, 2018

    The majority of the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the decisions of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada to not accredit a law school at Trinity Western University that requires its students and faculty to adhere to a religiously based code of conduct.