Supreme Court of Canada

A Dark Day For Environmental Justice in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada's disappointing decision to reject a class action, launched by Nova Scotians who say their health has been compromised by the notorious Sydney tar ponds, has shed more unflattering light on the state of environmental justice in Canada.

Cell Phone Searches Upon Arrest OK: Top Court

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — A divided Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that police can conduct a limited search of suspect's cellphone without getting a search w...

Top Court To Rule On Police Access To A Person's Cellphone

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada delivers a precedent-setting ruling Thursday that's expected to dictate how much warrantless access police can ha...

Dear Santa: Here Is What B.C. Wants For Christmas

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Dear Santa: You probably don't get Christmas letters from an entire province, but this year we hope you'll think of adding B.C. to your magical journey.

Mounties Drop Online Probes After Supreme Court Says Get A Warrant

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - An internal government memo says the RCMP has abandoned some cases following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warra...

Althia Raj

Retired Supreme Court Justice Warns Over 'Knee-Jerk' Reaction To Ottawa Attack | Althia Raj | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is rushing to introduce legislation that expands law enforcement powers in ways that it may not need, retired S...

Supreme Court: Wiretaps On Alleged Price-Fixers OK

CBC | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Business

The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed wiretap recordings from a criminal case to be used in a civil suit against a group of Quebec gas stations accu...

B.C. Pedophile Convinces Judge To Lower Prison Term

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A convicted B.C. pedophile who sexually assaulted his partner's two-year-old daughter and recorded the crimes on video will serve 55 fewer...

Lend Death A Hand?

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The so-called "right to die" was back on Canada's conscience Wednesday as the Supreme Court confronted the question of whether a ban on assis...

Supreme Court To Tackle Canada's Jury Selection Process

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Just what provinces must do to ensure juries are properly representative of the population in an area will be put to Canada's highest court ...

Banks Lose Supreme Court Of Canada Battle Over Credit Card Fees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's top court has restored a Quebec trial judge's decision that penalizes several of the country's big banks for failing to meet provinc...

What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine disaster.

Man Convicted Of Drowning Daughters Won't Face New Trial

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada

GANDER, N.L. - A sad legal odyssey that began 12 years ago when Nelson Hart's twin girls drowned in Gander Lake ended Tuesday as murder charges agains...

Tory MP: Courts Are Being Used As An 'End-Run' Around Demoracy

CBC | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Politics

A Conservative MP says recent court decisions that call on the government to change legislation amount to a trend. Dan Albas, the MP for Okanagan-Co...

Tories Ignore Supreme Court, Plow Ahead With 'Digital Privacy Act'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Business

The Supreme Court of Canada last week declared that access to telecom subscribers’ personal information requires a court warrant. This week, desp...

Supreme Court: Warrant Needed For Internet Info

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Police need a search warrant to get information from Internet service providers about their subscribers' identities when they are under inv...

Couillard Sounds Off On Supreme Court Selection Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard expressed disappointment on Monday with the Supreme Court selection process.Couillard was reacting to a new...

It's My Right as a Canadian to Be Free From Religion

Doug Thomas | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Doug Thomas

Canadian atheists are often confronted by misinformation about their right to freedom from religion. To coerce someone to follow a religion is to deny that person freedom of religion. If that person is a non-believer, freedom of religion then means the right to not believe-freedom from religion.

John Gomery: Harper's Supreme Court Spat 'Appalling'

CBC | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics

Retired Quebec Superior Court judge John Gomery is adding his voice to those criticizing Stephen Harper's treatment of the chief justice of the Supr...

Bar Association: Deeply Concerned About Spat

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The association that represents lawyers in Canada is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to acknowledge the chief justice of the Supreme...

Supreme Court Opinion Next Week Could Determine Fate Of Senate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a landmark opinion next week that could determine the fate of the country's scandal-plagued Senate.The...

Top Court Bites Harper Government

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The bell has sounded ending one more round in what is shaping up to be a long-running bout between the county's highest court and the Harper ...

Harper's Supreme Court Pick BLOCKED

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has come almost full circle.The Conservative prime minister who came to office in 2006 cautioning against the power of the cou...

It's Sexual Assault If You Poke Holes In The Condom

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the sexual assault conviction of a Nova Scotia man who tried to trick his girlfriend into ...

Your "Feelings" About Sex Work Shouldn't Be Laws

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Is sex work inherently and irredeemably wicked, as the abolitionsts would have us conclude? Or is it in fact possible to have a morally defensible prostitution? A testing of public values alone will not answer these questions, assuming they are even answerable. Values are an important and necessary starting point for a discussion of public policy, to be sure, but they are only one element of policy. Given that vulnerable lives are going to be affected, the feds are going to need to come up with a solid policy that has something more beneath it than our deeply-held touchy feelies.