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Over the fall, the Supreme has tackled a wide range of issues from privacy to duty to consult to freedom of religion. Justice Cromwell's retirement gives us the opportunity to reflect upon its judicial legacy; Justice Rowe's appointment placed the new appointment process under the spotlight. To get an overview of the cases and issues that came before the Court, we spoke with Mr. Thomas Slade, a litigator at Supreme Advocacy LLP.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

Edward Snowden. Chelsea Manning. Julian Assange. While divisive figures such as these have dominated news cycles and been the subject of fierce debate throughout the last decade, whistleblowing is neither a new phenomenon nor one that is strictly American. Who are some key Canadian whistleblowers? How might the law protect those who disclose? And what is the role of hacking in whistleblowing and what are the effects?  Yuan Stevens and Doron Lurie spoke with Prof. Gabriella Coleman to answer these questions and more.

Music in this episode: "The Collector" and "Night Owl" by Broke for Free, "Candlepower", "Readers! Do You Read?", and "We Always Thought the Future Would Be Kind of Fun" by Chris Zabriskie, "hydroscope" by Gallery Six, "In the Streets" by Indian Wells, "Chantiers Navals 412" by LJ Kruzer, and "Lips" by Plurabelle.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

You've heard our two podcasts on revenge porn, tort law and privacy. This brief podcast offers an important update on the case that was the catalyst for that conversation — Jane Doe 464533 v ND (2016 ONSC 541)
After we released both podcasts, we received a letter from ND's lawyer. This lawyer asked us to make one clarification concerning the case's status as a default judgment. He also informed us of ND's decision to move to set aside this default judgment. This is a significant decision which could greatly affect the newly recognized privacy sub-tort: public disclosure of private facts.
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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Every law society in Canada requires that prospective lawyers satisfy some version of the requirements of good character and mental fitness. In this episode, we discuss the meaning, purpose and effectiveness of these requirements with Professor Alice Woolley of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Mr. Raj Anand, a partner at WeirFoulds LLP and bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Category:Public Law -- posted at: 6:00am EST

L’action collective existe au Québec depuis 1978. Prenant pour exemple le très médiatisé recours contre les fabricants de tabac, nous dressons le portrait de cet outil procédural, ainsi qu’un bilan de son influence sur le paysage juridique québécois. Nous discutons avec Me Philippe H. Trudel, associé au cabinet Trudel Johnston & Lespérance, Me Jean-Saint-Onge, Ad. E., associé au cabinet Lavery, ainsi que le professeur Daniel Jutras, Ad. E., de la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill.

Quebec’s class action regime has been around since 1978. Using the highly publicized class action against tobacco manufacturers as an example, we discuss the typical procedures followed in class action litigations and the impact of this regime on Quebec’s legal landscape. We speak with Me Philippe H. Trudel, partner at Trudel Johnston & Lespérance, Me Jean-Saint-Onge, Ad. E., partner at Lavery, and professor Daniel Jutras, Ad. E., of McGill’s Faculty of Law.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This is the second of a two-part podcast on revenge porn, tort law and privacy. Does Ontario's tort of public disclosure of private facts, recently recognised in Doe 464533 v ND, extend to content-hosting websites or anonymous users? How much should victims of revenge porn be compensated? What is the role of tort law in protecting fundamental freedoms, particularly as they relate to women’s rights?

We spoke with internet lawyer Allen Mendelsohn, civil liberties expert Cara Zwibel and comparative legal scholar Giorgio Resta to tackle this complex issue.

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Category:Private Law -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

You may have heard of revenge porn. But what legal recourse do you have if someone publicly shares a sexually intimate image or video of you? Does Canadian law respond adequately to such invasions of privacy? Are there broader systemic problems when the courts attempt to adjudicate on legal issues involving the internet? 

Yuan Stevens and Sammy Cheaib use the 2016 Ontario Superior Court case Jane Doe 464533 v ND as a jumping off point for this vital discussion. We spoke with internet lawyer Allen Mendelsohn, civil liberties expert Cara Zwibel and comparative legal scholar Giorgio Resta to tackle this complex issue. This is part one of a two-part episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

The conflict in Syria has resulted in one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history, displacing more than 12 million Syrians, 4 million of which have left the country entirely. In this episode, we examine the terminology used to describe the current crisis, Canada’s response to the situation, and avenues that might improve the protection of refugee rights in the future. We speak with Francois Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and Paul Clarke, Director of Action Réfugiés Montréal.

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Category:Human Rights Law -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we speak with Mr. Dennis Edney, lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr. We discuss the balance between national security and civil liberties, the conception of the rule of law in Canada, and the next steps in Omar Khadr's case.

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Category:Criminal Law and Sentencing -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The former federal government has been criticized for allegedly picking judges based on political considerations and in a non-transparent manner. In the second part of a two-part episode on the federal judicial appointment process, we look into whether the current process needs to be reformed and, if it does, how. We speak with Leonid Sirota, J.S.D. Candidate at the New York University School of Law and Professor Rosemary Cairns Way from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

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Category:Public Law -- posted at: 7:30am EST

The federal government has been criticized for allegedly picking judges based on political considerations and in a non-transparent manner. In the first part of a two-part episode on the federal judicial appointment process, we look into the scope of the government’s discretion in naming judges and the role that ideology or partisanship might play in the process. We speak with Sean Fine, justice reporter at the Globe and Mail; Professor Robert Leckey of McGill’s Faculty of Law; and David Gourdeau, a former commissioner for federal judicial affairs.

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Category:Public Law -- posted at: 7:00am EST

The Supreme Court will start its fall session on October 5th. The judges will tackle a wide range of issues including Indian status and the independence of administrative agencies. It's also the first session for the newly appointed Justice Brown. To get an overview of the cases and issues coming before the Court, we spoke with Mr. Eugene Meehan, QC, a litigator at Supreme Advocacy LLP.

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Category:Law -- posted at: 8:00am EST

It’s been nearly ten years since the Robert Pickton trials. In this largest serial murder case in Canadian history, all the victims were women and a majority of them were Aboriginal. In this episode, we use the case as a springboard to ask: what role should the criminal justice system play in response to violence against Aboriginal women? And where it fails, are other avenues of justice available?

We first interview Professor Elaine Craig (Schulich School of Law) about her recent article in the McGill Law Journal, to hear about the Pickton trials and the limits of the criminal justice system when faced with problems of collective violence. We then speak with Ellen Gabriel, an Indigenous rights advocate, to look at a community’s response to this violence and other ways forward.


While the use of segregation – or what’s more commonly known as solitary confinement – is increasing in Canada, so is opposition to the practice. Indeed, the BC Civil Liberties Association and John Howard Society of Canada have launched a legal challenge to the use of segregation in federal prisons. In this episode we explore Canada’s use of the practice through the lens of the legal challenge. We explain what segregation is, the harm it causes, and what’s being done to change how it’s used in Canada.

We speak with Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Alison Latimer, a lawyer with Farris, Vaughan, Wills, and Murphy and co-counsel on the BCCLA and John Howard Society’s case, and a man who, on the condition of anonymity, shared his personal experience of segregation.

La loi 15 sur la réforme des régimes de retraite municipaux représente-elle une façon légitime pour le gouvernement de mieux gérer les fonds publics ou est-elle une mesure inconstitutionnelle qui vient brimer le droit d'association des travailleurs municipaux? Dans cet épisode, nous discutons avec Serge Cadieux, secrétaire du conseil et secrétaire général de la FTQ, et Frédéric Massé, associé chez Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, des circonstances qui ont mené à l'adoption de cette loi controversée, ainsi que du débat entourant sa constitutionalité.

Is Bill 15, a law instituting the reform of municipal pension plans throughout Québec, a legitimate way for the government to rein in public spending or does it represent an unconstitutional encroachment on the freedom of association of municipal workers? In this episode, we speak with Serge Cadieux, Secretary of the Board and Secretary General of the FTQ and Frédéric Massé, Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP about the causes that led to the adoption of this controversial law and the debate surrounding its constitutionality.

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Category:Droit public, droit municipal -- posted at: 10:03pm EST