One-Liners: Appeals

Charter: Language Rights

Mazraani v. Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., 2018 SCC 50 (37642)
New trial when language rights infringed.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law/Securities: National Capital Markets Regulatory System

Reference re Pan‑Canadian Securities Regulation, 2018 SCC 48 (37613)
National securities regulator constitutional.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts: Principles of Good Faith & Equity; Doctrine of Unforeseeability

Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. v. Hydro-Québec, 2018 SCC 46 (37238)
No duty to renegotiate a contract.

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: DUI; Disclosure; Certiorari

R. v. Awashish, 2018 SCC 45 (37207)
Certiorari an extraordinary remedy, available only in narrow circumstances.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: DUI; Disclosure

R. v. Gubbins, 2018 SCC 44 (37395) (37403)
Maintenance records of breathalyzers subject to third party disclosure regime.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Liability: Prudence & Diligence Obligations; Exclusion Clauses

3091‑5177 Québec inc. (Éconolodge Aéroport) v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, 2018 SCC 43 (37421)(37422)
Clarification of Québec hotel liability for parking.

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Duty to Consult

Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council), 2018 SCC 40 (37441)
No duty to consult re law-making process.

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law: Parliamentary Privilege; Scope

Chagnon v. Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec, 2018 SCC 39 (37543)
Dismissal of security guards not protected by parliamentary privilege.

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Intellectual Property/Copyright/Internet: Norwich Orders; Costs

Rogers Communications Inc. v. Voltage Pictures, LLC, et al., 2018 SCC 38 (37679)
ISP’s can recover reasonable costs of Norwich order compliance.

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Confidential Informer Information

R. v. Brassington, 2018 SCC 37 (37476)
Not permitted to disclose confidential informer information to counsel.

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure/Tobacco Litigation: Disclosure

British Columbia v. Philip Morris International, Inc., 2018 SCC 36 (37524)
Tobacco companies get smoked, on disclosure.

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Municipal Law in Québec: Expropriation

Lorraine (Ville) v. 2646‑8926 Québec inc., 2018 SCC 35 (37381)
By-law challenge prescribed; disguised expropriation claim continues.

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Sentencing; Post-Crime Vigilante Violence

R. v. Suter, 2018 SCC 34 (37247)
Post-crime vigilante violence considered, to limited extent, in sentencing.

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter/Professions: s.15; Freedom of Religion; Standard of Review

Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33 (37209)
Law Society decision, not to approve Law School, upheld.

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter/Professions: s.15; Freedom of Religion; Standard of Review

Law Society of British Columbia v.Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32 (37318)
Law Society decision, not to approve Law School, upheld.

 

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Administrative/Aboriginal Law: Discrimination; Standard of Review

Canada (Canadian Human Rights Commission) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 SCC 31 (37208)
Deference to Tribunal decision; further clarification of standard of review.

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Corrections: Indigenous Offenders

Ewert v. Canada, 2018 SCC 30 (37233)
Research on validity of tools applied to indigenous inmates to be conducted.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Law: Apportionment of Liability

Montréal (Ville) v. Lonardi, 2018 SCC 29​ (37184)
Rioters not solidarily liable for destroyed vehicles.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure/Defamation: Jurisdiction

Haaretz.com v. Goldhar, 2018 SCC 28​ (37202)
Clarification of test for internet defamation jurisdiction.

Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions: Civility

Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 27​ (37112)
Civility: what is/is not professional misconduct.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Religious Rights: Judicial Review; Justiciability; Jurisdiction

Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Judicial Committee) v. Wall, 2018 SCC 26 (37273)
Religious dogma not decided by courts of law.

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Withdrawal of Guilty Pleas; Collateral/Immigration Consequences

R. v. Wong, 2018 SCC 25 (37367)
Withdrawing pleas: accused to establish subjective prejudice, objectively assessed.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Workers’ Comp: Independent Contractors

West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), 2018 SCC 22 (37423)
Workers’ comp can apply to independent contractors.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Torts 101: Negligence; Duty of Care; Foreseeability

Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J., 2018 SCC 19 (37323)
Garage owner not liable for car-stealing teens.

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter: Equality; Delay in Access

Centrale des syndicats du Québec v. Québec (Attorney General), 2018 SCC 18 (37002)
Delay provision constitutional; saved by the (s.1) bell.

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter: Equality; Pay Equity

Québec (Attorney General) v. Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux, 2018 SCC 17 (37347)
Clarification of pay equity for women; provincial audit provisions unconstitutional.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Family Law: International Child Abduction

Office of the Children’s Lawyer v. Balev, 2018 SCC 16 (37250)
Use hybrid approach to determine child’s habitual residence.

Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law: Interprovincial Trade

R. v. Comeau, 2018 SCC 15 (37398)
Provincial laws can have incidental effects on interprovincial trade.

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Homicide; Unlawful Confinement

R. v. Magoon, 2018 SCC 14 (37416) (37479)
Clarification of elements necessary for “unlawful confinement”.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Influence Peddling

R. v. Carson, 2018 SCC 12 (37506)
Constituent elements of influence peddling clarified.

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts/Trusts: Labour & Material Bonds

Valard Construction Ltd. v. Bird Construction Co., 2018 SCC 8 (37272)
Re labour and material bond context, trustee has duty to inform beneficiary of trust.

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Publication Bans

R. v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 2018 SCC 5 (37360)
No Crown injunction re publication ban.

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Pre-Confederation Fiduciary Breaches

Williams Lake Indian Band v. Canada (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2018 SCC 4 (36983)
Federal government can be liable for pre-confederation fiduciary breaches.

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Workers’ Comp in Québec: Duty to Accommodate

Québec (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail) v. Caron, 2018 SCC 3 (36605)
Duty to accommodate under Québec workers’ comp regime.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Administrative Law/Human Rights: Standing; Discriminatory Practices

Delta Air Lines Inc. v. Lukács, 2018 SCC 2 (37276)
Canadian transportation agency’s decision here not reasonable.

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Dangerous Offender; Indeterminate Sentencing

R. v. Boutilier, 2017 SCC 64 (37168)
Constitutionality of dangerous offender indeterminate sentencing regime upheld.

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018

One-Liners: Appeals

Torts: Negligence; Negligent Misrepresentation

Deloitte & Touche v. Livent Inc. (Receiver of), 2017 SCC 63 (36875)
Torts 101, plus pure economic loss.

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Employment Law/Human Rights: Discrimination

British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62 (37041)
Human rights legislation covers discriminatory conduct with sufficient nexus to employment.

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Wills & Estates: Proprietary Estoppel

Cowper-Smith v. Morgan, 2017 SCC 61 (37120)
Clarification as to necessary elements to prove proprietary estoppel.

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Text Messages; Production Orders

R. v. Jones, 2017 SCC 60 (37194)
Police can use production orders to obtain stored text messages from service providers.

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Text Messages; Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

R. v. Marakah, 2017 SCC 59 (37118)
Can have a reasonable expectation of privacy re texts sent to another’s phone.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Treaty Rights

First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v.Yukon, 2017 SCC 58 (36779)
Government conduct in land use plan approval process.

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Joint Trials

R. v. Sciascia, 2017 SCC 57 (37155)
“Provincial” court can try provincial & summary conviction criminal charges together.

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions: Non-lawyers; Standard of Review

Barreau du Québec v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2017 SCC 56 (37034)
Non-lawyers may represent the Québec government before the Commission des affaires sociales.

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Labour Law: Management Rights; s. 7 Liberty Interests

Association of Justice Counsel v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 SCC 55 (37014)
Management directive not reasonable; does not engage s.7 liberty interests.

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Freedom of Religion

Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations), 2017 SCC 54 (36664)
Resort approval does not infringe First Nation’s freedom of religion.

Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Banks: Cheque Fraud

Teva Canada Ltd. v. TD Canada Trust, 2017 SCC 51 (36918)
When can banks rely on defence of false payee re conversion.

Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law/Immigration: “serious criminality”; Statutory Interpretation

Tran v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2017 SCC 50 (36784)
“serious criminality” re deportation clarified.

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Torts/Municipal Law in Québec: Prescriptive Periods

Montréal (City) v. Dorval, 2017 SCC 48 (36752)
Wrongful death action against municipality can proceed.

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Document Retention/Destruction

Canada (Attorney General) v. Fontaine, 2017 SCC 47 (37037)
Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement records may be destroyed.

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure/Class Actions: Discovery; Disclosure

Canada (Attorney General) v. Thouin, 2017 SCC 46 (36869)
Provincial discovery rules inapplicable where Crown not a party.

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Extradition

India v. Badesha, 2017 SCC 44 (36981)
Surrender orders reasonable, not otherwise unjust or oppressive.

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts in Québec: Renewal Clauses

Uniprix inc. v. Gestion Gosselin et Bérubé inc., 2017 SCC 43 (36718)
Unilateral renewal clauses in contracts are valid.

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Administrative Law in Québec: Arbitral Jurisdiction; Standard of Review; Standing

Québec (Attorney General) v. Guérin, 2017 SCC 42 (36775)
Standard of review re arbitrator interpreting enabling legislation (whether dispute arbitrable) reasonableness.

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Duty to Consult

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., 2017 SCC 41 (36776)
Crown may rely on administrative process to partially or completely fulfill duty to consult.

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal Law: Duty to Consult

Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo‑Services Inc., 2017 SCC 40 (36692)
Crown may rely on administrative process to partially or completely fulfill duty to consult.

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Corporations: Oppression Remedy

Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 (36689)
Confirmation that corporate directors can be liable personally for oppression.
 

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Mistake of Age Defence

R. v. George, 2017 SCC 38 (37372)
Clarification of mistake of age defence.

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: DUI

R. v. Alex, 2017 SCC 37 (36771)
Crown need not prove demand was “lawful” re procedural “shortcuts”.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Pharmaceutical Patents: “Promise of the Patent” Doctrine re Utility

AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc., 2017 SCC 36 (36654)
“Promise Doctrine” not correct approach re patent invalidity for want of utility.

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Hearsay

R. v. Bradshaw, 2017 SCC 35 (36537)
Hearsay test re-calibrated.

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Civil Procedure/Technology: Worldwide Interlocutory Injunction

Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc., 2017 SCC 34 (36602)
Worldwide interlocutory injunction against Google upheld.

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure/International Law: Forum Selection Clauses

Douez v. Facebook, Inc., 2017 SCC 33 (36616)
Forum selection clause in this consumer contract unenforceable.

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Contracts/Arbitration/Natural Resources: Standard of Review

Teal Cedar Products Ltd. v. British Columbia, 2017 SCC 32 (36595)
Standard of review — reasonableness — for commercial arbitration.

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Doubling-down on Jordan

R. v. Cody, 2017 SCC 31 (37310)
S.C.C. doubles-down on Jordan delay principles.

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Human Rights: Drug Dependency

Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30 (36636)
What constitutes workplace disability discrimination.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions in Québec: Legal Fees; Prescription

Pellerin Savitz LLP v. Guindon, 2017 SCC 29 (36915)
Clarification of prescription principles in Québec.

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Torts: Proving Mental Injury

Saadati v. Moorhead, 2017 SCC 28 (36703)
A recognizable psychiatric illness not required to recover for mental injury.

Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Bail

R. v. Antic, 2017 SCC 27 (36783)
Clarification of proper approach to applying Criminal Code bail provisions.

Posted: Friday, June 02, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions: Costs Against Lawyers Personally

Québec (Criminal and Penal Prosecutions) v. Jodoin, 2017 SCC 26 (36539)
When are costs payable by lawyers personally.

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Law: Acquisitive Prescription

Ostiguy v. Allie, 2017 SCC 22 (36694)
Acquisitive prescription applies without judicial application.

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions: Mandatory CPD

Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20 (36583)
Mandatory CPD still mandatory.

Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Insurance in Québec: Injury by Third Parties

Godbout v. Pagé, 2017 SCC 18 (36385) (36388)
Scope of Québec’s no-fault scheme for bodily injury by third parties.

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Bail Pending Appeal

R. v. Oland, 2017 SCC 17 (36986)
Clarification of proper test to determine bail pending appeal.

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Confessions; Warrantless Entry

R. v. Paterson, 2017 SCC 15 (36472)
Confessions rule no application here; police entry not justified.

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Criminal Law/Securities: Trial by Jury

R. v. Peers, 2017 SCC 13 (36865), R. v. Aitkens, 2017 SCC 14 (36866)
Appellants not entitled to jury trials here.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Drug Impaired

R. v. Bingley, 2017 SCC 12 (36610)
Voir dire not required in this case to decide expertise of drug recognition expert.

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Real Property/Civil Procedure: Adverse Possession; Inconsistent Use Doctrine; Evidentiary Gaps; Role of Trial Judges v. C.A.; Costs

Nelson (City) v. Mowatt, 2017 SCC 8 (36999)
Clarification re adverse possession; role of trial judges v. Courts of Appeal.

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Insurance: Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Sabean v. Portage La Prairie Mutual Insurance Co., 2017 SCC 7 (36575)
Future CPP disability payments not deductible from amounts payable by insurer.

Posted: Thursday, February 09, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Elections: “Small-Scale” Advertising; s.1 Requirements

B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2017 SCC 6 (36495)
“Small-scale” election advertising constitutionally valid.

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional/Administrative Law: Charter Damages; Judicial Review

Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator, 2017 SCC 1 (36167)
Judicial review more effective remedy than Charter damages here.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts/Tax Rectification

Canada (Attorney General) v. Fairmont Hotels Inc., 2016 SCC 56 (36606)
Clarification when equitable remedy of rectification is available.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts in Québec/Tax: Amendments

Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 55 (36505)
When can (and when not) a written/oral contract be amended.

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Constitutional/Municipal Law: Division of Powers

Windsor (City) v. Canadian Transit Co., 2016 SCC 54 (36465)
Federal Court has no jurisdiction to decide municipal by-law.

Posted: Friday, December 09, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions/Privacy: Solicitor-Client Privilege

Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary, 2016 SCC 53 (36460)
What is excluded/not excluded statutorily re solicitor-client privilege.

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions/Insurance: Solicitor-Client/Litigation Privilege

Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, 2016 SCC 52 (36373)
Confirmation of solicitor-client privilege, clarification of litigation privilege.

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Business/Corporate Law: Oppression Remedy

Mennillo v. Intramodal inc, 2016 SCC 51 (36124)
Failure to comply with CBCA not, on its own, oppression.

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Banking/Privacy: Disclosure

Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang, 2016 SCC 50 (36296)
Disclosure required when: court order; implied consent.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Torts/Medmal: Causation; Adverse Inferences

Benhaim v. St‑Germain, 2016 SCC 48 (36291)
Trial judges not required to draw adverse inferences where negligence a challenge to proving causation.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Municipal Law: Assessment Value; Standard of Review

Edmonton (City) v. Edmonton East (Capilano) Shopping Centres Ltd., 2016 SCC 47 (36403)
Standard of review presumed to be reasonableness for municipal assessment valuation.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Search & Seizure; Weapon & Cocaine Possession

R. v. Diamond, 2016 SCC 46 (36816)
What constitutes search of a vehicle, and seizure of contents therein.

Posted: Friday, November 04, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure: Contempt

Morasse v. Nadeau-Dubois, 2016 SCC 44 (36351)
Vigorous outspoken good faith criticism of courts and decisions not contempt.

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Criminal Law: Plea Bargains

R. v. Anthony-Cook, 2016 SCC 43 (36410)
When can trial judges depart from plea bargains/joint submissions.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Class Actions: Pan-Canadian Settlements

Endean v. British Columbia, 2016 SCC 42 (35843) (36456)
Superior court judges in Ontario and British Columbia can sit outside their home provinces; video links not required.

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Customs & Excise: Tariff Clarification

Canada (Attorney General) v. Igloo Vikski Inc., 2016 SCC 38 (36258)
CITT decision re tariff classification of hockey gloves upheld.

Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts/Insurance: Interpretation; Exclusion/Exception Clauses; Standard of Review

Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., 2016 SCC 37 (36452)
Construction cleaning damage covered; standard of review correctness.

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Aboriginal/Municipal Law: Assessment

Musqueam Indian Band v. Musqueam Indian Band (Board of Review), 2016 SCC 36 (36478)
Use restrictions are considered for assessment purposes.

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Agriculture: Farm Income Stabilization; Compensation Methods; Interpretation Principles

Lafortune v. Financière agricole du Québec, 2016 SCC 35 (36210)
Government support program an “innominate contract”, not a contract of insurance.

Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Agriculture: Farm Income Stabilization; Compensation Methods; Interpretation Principles

Ferme Vi-Ber inc. v. Financière agricole du Québec, 2016 SCC 34 (36205)
Clarification of compensation calculations for government support programs.

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Criminal Law: Circumstantial Evidence

R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33 (36435)
How circumstantial evidence is explained to a jury.

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Criminal Law/Military Law: Constitutionality

R. v. Cawthorne, 2016 SCC 32 (36466, 36844)
Minister’s appeal powers under National Defence Act constitutional.

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Effect of Retrospective Amendments

R. v. K.R.J. , 2016 SCC 31 (36200)
Clarification of retrospective amendments to Criminal Code.

Posted: Friday, July 22, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Class Actions: Jurisdiction

Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon LLP v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, 2016 SCC 30 (36087)
Ontario has jurisdiction in this class action re third party claims.

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Labour Law: Dismissal; Standard of Review

Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., 2016 SCC 29 (SCC 36354)
Non-unionized employees under the Canada Labour Code can only be dismissed for just cause.

Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: New Delay Framework Applied

R. v. Williamson, 2016 SCC 28 (36112)
Application of new delay framework = unreasonable delay.

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Criminal Law: Delay — “new framework”

R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27 (36068)
“New framework” for whether delay unreasonable.

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Criminal Law: Delay

R. v. Vassell, 2016 SCC 26 (36792)
Waiting 3 years for a 3-day trial = unreasonable delay.

Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Workers’ Comp/Torts: Standard of Review; Causation

British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal) v. Fraser Health Authority, 2016 SCC 25 (36300)
Tribunal finding is entitled to deference, unless patently unreasonable.

Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Search Incident to Arrest

R. v. Saeed, 2016 SCC 24 (36328)
What is covered/not covered by search incident to arrest.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law/Telecommunications: Division of Powers

Rogers Communications Inc. v. Châteauguay (City), 2016 SCC 23 (36027)
Federal power dominant; no double aspect here.

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Criminal Law: Bestiality

R. v. D.L.W., 2016 SCC 22 (36450)
Penetration is an essential element of offence of bestiality.

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions: Solicitor-Client Privilege

Canada (National Revenue) v. Thompson, 2016 SCC 21 (35590)
Solicitor-client privilege protected, unless court determines privilege not actually apply.

Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Professions: Professional Secrecy in Québec

Canada (Attorney General) v. Chambre des notaires du Québec, 2016 SCC 20 (35892)
Professional secrecy for lawyers and notaries in Québec protected.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Real Property: What Runs with the Land

Heritage Capital Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016 SCC 19 (36301)
“Incentive Payments” not an interest in land.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Mortgages: Interest Rate

Krayzel Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016 SCC 18 (36123)
Rate increase triggered by passage of time not infringe Interest Act, by default does.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Wiretaps; Third Party Production Orders

World Bank Group v. Wallace, 2016 SCC 15 (36315)
World Bank immune to Canadian production order; documents not relevant.

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Enhanced Credit for Pre-Sentence Custody

R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali, 2016 SCC 14 (36162)
Denial of enhanced credit re pre-sentence custody for prior conviction overbroad.

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Mandatory Minimums

R. v. Lloyd, 2016 SCC 13 (35982)
One-year mandatory minimum drug sentence unconstitutional.

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Aboriginal Law: Métis & Non-Status Indians

Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12
Métis and non-status Indians are “Indians” under s.91(24).

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Infanticide

R. v. Borowiec, 2016 SCC 11 (36585)
Clarification re “disturbed” mind.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Administrative Law/Labour Law in Québec: Standard of Review

Commission scolaire de Laval v. Syndicat de l’enseignement de la région de Laval, 2016 SCC 8 (35898)
Standard of review reasonableness for arbitrator here.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter/Constitutional Law: Physician-Assisted Dying

Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 4 (35591) Judgment rendered Jan. 15, 2016
Federal Government, 4-month extension; Québec exempt; non-Québecers apply for individual exemption.

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Transportation: Railway Interswitching

Canadian Pacific Railway Co. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 1 (36223)
Interswitching regulations valid.

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Cheating; Fraud

R. v. Riesberry, 2015 SCC 65 (36179)
Cheating applies in horse racing context; fraud not limited to deception.

Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Impaired Driving Causing Death

R. v. Lacasse, 2015 SCC 64 (36001)
Trial judges can deviate from established sentencing ranges.

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Extradition

M.M. v. United States of America, 2015 SCC 62 (35838)
Minister’s decision to extradite applied correct legal principles.

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Immigration & Refugees: Humanitarian and Compassionate Relief

Kanthasamy v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 SCC 61 (35990)
Clarification of humanitarian/compassionate relief grounds.

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Class Actions: Limitation Periods & Related Issues

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60 (35807, 35811, 35813)
Clarification of time period for statutory misrepresentation claims.

Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Immigration Law: People Smuggling & Refugee Status

R. v. Appulonappa, 2015 SCC 59 (35958)
Immigration offence unconstitutional to extent it prosecutes for humanitarian aid or helping family.

Posted: Thursday, December 03, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Immigration Law: People Smuggling & Admissibility

B010 v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 SCC 58 (35388, 35688, 35685, 35677)
People smuggling is confined to acts to further illegal entry for profit.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Intellectual Property: Broadcast Licences

Canadian Broadcasting Corp v. SODRAC 2003 Inc., 2015 SCC 57 (35918)
Royalty fees can apply to incidental copies arising as part of digital broadcasting process.

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law: Language Rights

Caron v. Alberta (including Boutet v. R.), 2015 SCC 56 (35842)
Alberta not constitutionally obligated to enact laws in French.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Military Justice System; Overbreadth; s. 52

R. v. Moriarity, (including appeals of R. v. Vezina & R. v. Arsenault2015 SCC 55 (35755) (35873) (35946)
Federal criminal offences being prosecuted within military justice system constitutional.

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law: Division of Powers; Bankruptcy and Insolvency; Property & Civil Rights

Saskatchewan (Attorney General) v. Lemare Lake Logging Ltd., 2015 SCC 53 (35923)
No conflict between provincial farm legislation and national receivership regime.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law: Division of Powers; Bankruptcy and Insolvency; Property & Civil Rights

Alberta (Attorney General) v. Moloney, 2015 SCC 51 (35820)
Federal bankruptcy discharges provincial debt.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional Law: Division of Powers; Bankruptcy and Insolvency; Property & Civil Rights

407 ETR Concession Co. v. Canada (Superintendent of Bankruptcy), 2015 SCC 52 (35696)
Federal bankruptcy legislation promotes “fresh start”.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Automatic Roadside Prohibitions

Wilson v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), 2015 SCC 47 (35959)
Automatic roadside prohibition legislation unambiguous.

Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Automatic Roadside Prohibitions

Goodwin v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), 2015 SCC 46 (35864)
B.C. automatic roadside prohibitions violate Charter s. 8 when no meaningful review.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Administrative Law/Public Utilities: “Prudent Investment Test”

ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. v. Alberta (Utilities Commission)2015 SCC 45 (35624)
Regulator deferred to re utility rates and choice of methodology.

Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Administrative Law/Public Utilities: Rate-Setting Process

Ontario (Energy Board) v. Ontario Power Generation Inc., 2015 SCC 44 (35506)
Review Board’s methodology re energy costs upheld.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Construction Law: Builder’s/Mechanic’s/Construction Liens

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel2015 SCC 43 (35777)
Claimants have two separate remedies (lien, trust), here.

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure/Torts/Environmental: Jurisdiction; Foreign Judgments

Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje2015 SCC 42 (SCC 35682)
Ontario has jurisdiction; no need for real and substantial connection.

Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Tax: Characterization of Penalties/Proceedings

Guindon v. Canada, 2015 SCC 41 (35519)
Tax proceedings are administrative, not criminal.

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Colour of Right Defence

R. v. Simpson, 2015 SCC 40 (35971)
Onus on accused to show “air of reality”.

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter (Québec): Discrimination; Two-Step Process

Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), 2015 SCC 39 (35625)
Two-step process confirmed.

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Post-Offence Conduct

R. v. Rodgerson, 2015 SCC 38 (35947)
What’s in/out judges’ jury charge re post-offence conduct.

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Family Law: Support Guidelines; Jurisdiction

Strickland v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 37 (35808)
Provincial (and Territorial) superior courts have jurisdiction re legality of Support Guidelines.

Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Contracts in Québec: Brokerage; Formation; Commission; Conditions; Warranties

Société en commandite Place Mullins v. Services immobiliers Diane Bisson inc., 2015 SCC 26 (35461)
Clarification re when real estate commission payable (or not).

Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Wrongful Convictions; “Mercy” Power

Hinse v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 35 (35613)
“Mercy” power doesn’t expose Crown to liability, unless bad faith.

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Medical Marihuana; Shaken And Stirred

R. v. Smith, 2015 SCC 34 (SCC 36059)
Non-dried medical marihuana constitutional.

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Extradition: “Shock the Conscience”

Caplin v. Canada (Justice), 2015 SCC 32 (35527)
‘Extraditee’ to show surrender would “shock the conscience”.

Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Extradition: Legal Test; Comity

Canada (Attorney General) v. Barnaby, 2015 SCC 31 (35548)
What the correct legal test is; international comity important.

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One-Liners: Appeals

Constitutional/Aboriginal Law: s.15

Kahkewistahaw First Nation v. Taypotat, 2015 SCC 30 (35518)
Education requirements for leadership not in violation of s.15.

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Pornography; Private Use Exception

R. v. Barabash, 2015 SCC 29 (35977, 36064)
Sharpe exception not require extra exploitation inquiry.

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Jury Representation

R. v. Kokopenace, 2015 SCC 28 (35475)
Randomly selected jury meets representativeness requirement.

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Bail

R. v. St-Cloud, 2015 SCC 27 (35626)
Clarification of grounds for bail, and review by judge of same.

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Language Rights/Judges: Minority Language Rights; Reasonable Apprehension of Bias

Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v.Yukon (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 25 (35823)
New trial: bias, admission criteria, government services in French.

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter/Criminal Law/Civil Damages: Wrongful Convictions

Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 24 (35745)
Damages where material information intentionally withheld from defence.

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure: Expert Evidence; Auditors

White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton , 2015 SCC 23 (35492)
Threshold requirement & gatekeeping function clarification.

Posted: Friday, May 01, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Language Rights/Education: School Equivalency

Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v. British Columbia (Education), 2015 SCC 21 (35619)
“..substantive equivalence of the educational experience” the new test.

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Securities: Evidence for Class Action

Theratechnologies inc. v. 121851 Canada inc., 2015 SCC 18 (35550)
Evidence to credibly point to material change required to bring Québec securities class action.

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Civil Procedure: Mareva Injunctions; Contempt

Carey v. Laiken2015 SCC 17 (35597)
Breach of a Mareva injunction (by a lawyer) is contempt.

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter: Freedom of Religion

Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), 2015 SCC 16 (35496)
Pre-municipal council meeting prayer a breach of state’s duty of neutrality.

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Mandatory Minimums

R. v. Nur (R. v. Charles), 2015 SCC 15 (35678) (35684)
Mandatory minimums here unconstitutional, though sentences appropriate.

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law/ Constitutional Law: Long-Gun Registration Data; Division of Powers

Quebec (Attorney General) v. Canada (Attorney General)2015 SCC 14 (35448)
Quebec no constitutional right to gun registry data.

Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Charter: Freedom of Religion

Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12 (35201)
Freedom of religion limited (by Québec) more than necessary — Minister to reconsider.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: I.D; Photographs; Confessions

R. v. Araya, 2015 SCC 11 (35669)
Trial judge’s instructions “adequate” re photographs of accused; confession v. conversation.

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Employment Law: Constructive Dismissal

Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, 2015 SCC 10 (35422)
Clarification as to what is/is not constructive dismissal.

Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Third Party Suspect Evidence; Similar Fact; Role of Trial Judge as Evidentiary Gatekeeper

R. v. Grant, 2015 SCC 9 (35664)
Third party suspect & similar fact evidence not to “be stretched”.

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law: Money Laundering

Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada2015 SCC 7 (35399)
Proceeds of crime legislation unconstitutional re lawyers, search and incarceration.

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Criminal Law/ Constitutional Law/Charter: Physician-Assisted Dying

Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 (35591)
Physician-assisted dying valid in this case; Criminal Code invalidity ruling suspended 12 months.

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Labour Law: Essential Services; Right to Strike; Freedom of Association

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan2015 SCC 4 (35423)
Right to strike constitutionalized.

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Competition: Mergers; “Prevention”; Efficiencies Defence; Balancing Test

Tervita Corp. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition)2015 SCC 3 (35314)
Clarification of the appropriate legal test for “prevention”, of the efficiencies defence, & the balancing test.

 

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Labour Law: (Federal) Expenditure Restraint Act

Meredith v. Canada (Attorney General)2013 FCA 112 (35424)
Federal legislation here constitutional, despite “deficiencies”.

Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One-Liners: Appeals

Labour Law: Freedom of Association; Police Unions

Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General)2012 ONCA 363 (34948)
Current RCMP labour relations regime unconstitutional – denies freedom of choice.

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