Ontario Court of Appeal

Patriating the Constitution and the Charter

Bob Rae | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Bob Rae

The recent flurry about patriating the Canadian constitution has brought back a flood of memories, and some reflections. Patriation was not an exercise in partisanship. Neither was the Charter. The origins of the desire to "bring the Constitution home" go back decades.

A Man With Two Spouses Dies -- Who Gets the Money?

Gary Joseph | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada
Gary Joseph

The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate has caused quite a media frenzy.The case involved a contest between the late Ronald Carrigan's legal spouse and his live-in common spouse over pension benefits accruing to the spouse of the deceased.

Sex Workers Deserve Our Day in Court

Nikki Thomas | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Living
Nikki Thomas

The government has again appealed the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision that current sex worker laws go against constitutional rights. On October 25, the Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether they will hear their appeal or not. Ultimately, it is my hope that the SCC agrees to hear the case in its entirety, for a number of reasons. Sex work is a highly contentious issue, but it is a legimate profession that one can freely choose if so inclined. We Canadians all have a right to life, liberty, and security of the person, even those of us involved in sex work -- and no government laws may infringe on those rights. That's exactly what this challenge is all about.

Sentence Doubled For Man Who Assaulted Niece

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - A man who sexually assaulted his teenaged niece from Fiji more than 100 times over a three-year period has had his sentence more than double...

Safe Drugs -- But Not Safe Sex?

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that the federal government would no longer offer work visas to immigrants applying for positions in the sex trade. While this is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of moderating the oldest profession in the world, it's not enough.

Court Orders Ontario To Release Some Sex-Offender Data To Journalist

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - A journalist who wanted to know how many registered sex offenders live in an area identified by partial postal codes should be given the inf...

Insane Killer Entitled To Victim's Life Insurance

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - A man who killed his wife should be allowed to collect on her life insurance policy because he was insane at the time, Ontario's top court r...

'Cavalier' Drug Arrest Unconstitutional: Judge

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - A police officer's "cavalier" practice of arrest first and investigate afterward constituted a serious breach of constitutional rights, Onta...

Ontario Appeals Ruling On Mandatory Minimum Sentence

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.28.2012 | Canada Politics

An Ontario judge was wrong to declare a mandatory minimum sentence unconstitutional and "cruel and unusual punishment," the province writes in startin...

No Private Divorce For Serial Killer's Wife

CBC | Posted 01.25.2012 | Canada

The wife of convicted murderer Russell Williams has lost her bid to keep details of her proposed divorce proceedings private. ...

Judges Grill Feds On Sex Trade Claims

CP | Posted 08.13.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - A five-judge Appeal Court panel held the federal government's feet to the fire Monday, grilling its lawyer about an as...

Charges Dropped Against Mother After Wrongful Conviction

Posted 08.07.2011 | Canada

CBC Charges have been withdrawn against an Ontario woman who spent 14 years in jail after being convicted of killing her toddler -- in part because of...

Unconsciousness Means No: Supreme Court

CBC | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada

(CBC) - The Supreme Court says an unconscious woman can't give consent to sex. In a split 6-3 decision, the court restored the sexual assault convicti...