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University of Toronto Law Journal

  • Fifty Years Later: The Legacy of the 1969 Criminal Law Reforms, 70 U. Toronto L.J. 223 Brenda Cossman
  • Angela Fernandez, Pierson v. Post, the Hunt for the Fox: Law and Professionalization in American Legal Culture (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 70 U. Toronto L.J. 382 Philip Girard
  • The 1969 Criminal Amendments: Constituting the Terms of Gay Resistance 70 U. Toronto L.J. 245 Brenda Cossman
  • The Gross Indecency of Criminalizing HIV Non-Disclosure 70 U. Toronto L.J. 263 Kyle Kirkup
  • Homosexuality and Prostitution: A Tale of Two Deviancies 70 U. Toronto L.J. 283 Ummni Khan
  • Treaty Failure or Treaty Constitutionalism? The Problematic Validity of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement 70 U. Toronto L.J. 306 Christa Scholtz
  • In Search of Honourable Crowns and Legitimate Constitutions: Mikisew Cree First Nation v Canada and the Colonial Constitution 70 U. Toronto L.J. 341 Joshua Nichols , Robert Hamilton
  • ‘Repugnant’: Homosexuality and Criminal Family Law 70 U. Toronto L.J. 225 Robert Leckey
  • Book Reviews
    • Angela Fernandez, Pierson v. Post, the Hunt for the Fox: Law and Professionalization in American Legal Culture(Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law

  • Force and Law and Their Relationship as a Governance Continuum 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 283 Hon. Jean-Jacques Blais
  • Jurisprudence 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 423 Gregory Tardi
  • Dare to Ask: “What Is Democracy?” Directed by Astra Taylor 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 459 Julia Deutsch
  • Democratic Governing on the Knife’s Edge 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 261 Gregory Tardi
  • Review of Lori Hausegger, Matthew Hennigar, and Troy Riddell Canadian Courts: Law, Politics, and Process, 2d ed (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, Canada, 2015)
    14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 439 Michael A. Crystal
  • Inclusion of Provincial Governments as “Third Parties” in Federal Campaigns 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 345 Colin Hoult
  • “Blood Sport”: The Struggle for Political Party Transparency in Ontario 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 367 Terry D. Hancock
  • Taming the Power to Prorogue Parliament 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 415 B. Thomas Hall
  • When Is Executive Lawmaking Constitutional in Canada? 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 383 Major Ed Cottrill
  • Crise du Covid et Fonctionnement Démocratique: Illustration Avec le Système Français
    Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 277 Marion Rebière
  • Book Reviews
    • Special Literature Section: Spotlight on Publications by Ian Greene 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 443 Gregory Tardi
    • Review of: Honest Politics Now: What Ethical Conduct Means in Canadian Public Life Ian Greene and David P. Shugarman (Toronto: Lorimer and Company, 2017) 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 449 Gregory Tardi
    • Review of: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: 30+ Years of Decisions That Shape Canadian Life Ian Greene (Toronto: Lorimer and Company, 2014) 14 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 445 Gregory Tardi
    • Review of: Beverley McLachlin: The Legacy of a Supreme Court Chief Justice Ian Greene and Peter McCormick (Toronto: Lorimer and Company, 2019)

Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

  • Private Law’s Estranged Bedfellows: Why Pashukanis Should Worry Contemporary Formalists  33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 461 Igor Shoikhedbrod
  • Categories, Balancing, and Fake News: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 435 Alessio Sardo
  • Governmental-Funded Religious Associations and Non-Discrimination Rules: On Immunity and Public Funding Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 341 Nahshon Perez
  • Distributive Justice in the Age of Climate Change 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 263 Elkanah O. Babatunde
  •  The Unavoidability of Evaluation for Interest Theories of Rights 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 293 Mark McBride
  • Judicial Discretion as a Result of Systemic Indeterminacy 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 369 Sebastián A. Reyes Molina
  • A Dynamic Judicial Approach to Diachronic Legislative Integrity 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 481 Michaël Lessard
  • Fairness in Allocations of Parental Responsibilities, and the Limits of Law 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 397 Ram Rivlin
  •  Two Accounts of International Tax Justice 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 317 Ivan Ozai
  • Book Reviews
    • Legal Directives and Practical Reasons by Noam Gur 33 Can. J.L. & Juris. 493 Luigi Lonardo

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Journals update

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Journal of Environmental Law and Practice Vol. 33

  • Climate Litigation and the Class Action Mechanism–The Potential Role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, by Rudiger Tscherning,
  • Breaking Ranks (and Precedent): Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2020 ABCA 74, by Martin Olszynski , Nigel Bankes , Andrew Leach
  • Business as Usual?: The Limited Influence of Climate Change Disclosure and Fiduciary Duties on the Low-Carbon Investment Practices of Canada’s Big 10 Public Pension Funds, by Brandon D. Stewart

Education and Law Journal Vol. 29

  • Big Data, Privacy, and Education Applications, by Priscilla M. Regan, Jane Bailey
  • Interest Arbitration at the Central Table in the Education Sector, by Kristen Allen
  • Violence in Alberta’s Urban Schools: The Perspectives of School Resource Officers, by G. Abela, J.K. Donlevy
  • Rethinking McKinney: To What Extent Should Universities Be Charter-Free Zones?, by Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft
  • The Minister Must “Opt Out”: Ontario Lacks Authority to Make Ancillary Fees Optional at Colleges and Universities, by Emily Lewsen
  • Public Universities, Speech Policies, and the Law: Fourteen Maxims, by Bruce Pardy
  • Accommodating the Commute and the Bumps Along the Way Consequences of Silence: Arbitrator Finds Just Cause to Discipline Teacher for Declining to Answer School Board’s Investigation Questions, by Alec Stromdahl

Canadian Journal of Law and Society Vol. 35

  • Racialized, Gendered, and Sensationalized: An Examination of Canadian Anti-Trafficking Laws, Their Enforcement, and Their (Re)presentation, by Hayli Millar, Tamara O’Doherty,
  • Sites of Resistance: LGBTQI+ Experiences at Trinity Western University, by Heather Shipley
  • Play-by-Play Justice: Tweeting Criminal Trials in the Digital Age, by Tamara A. Small , Kate Puddister
  • Constitutional Law and Abortion in Saskatchewan: The Freedom of Informed Choice (Abortions) Act, by Sarah Burningham
  • La Relation Entre le Judiciaire et les Victimes Dans le Contexte de la Détermination de la Peine au Canada: Un Enjeu Pour L’Évolution Du Droit Criminel, by Sébastien Labonté
  • Récits de Justice et Office du Juge en Chine, by Hélène Piquet
  • Book Reviews:
    • Kent Roach, Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice: The Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie Case. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. 307 Pp., by Benjamin L. Berger,
    • Dan Kaminski et Philippe Mary (Dir.), La Société des Captifs. Une Étude D’Une Prison de Sécurité Maximale. Bruxelles: Larcier, 2019, 334 P., Traduction Augmentée de Gresham M. Sykes, The Society of Captives. A Study of a Maximum Security Prison. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1958, by Sophie De Saussure

McGill Law Journal Vol. 64

  • Who’s Afraid of the Lucky Moose? Canada’s Dangerous Self-Defence Innovation, by Noah Weisbord
  • Judicial Audiences: A Case Study of Justice David Watt’s Literary Judgments, by Elaine Craig
  • Property Law and Collective Self-Government, by Malcolm Lavoie
  • Le Droit à L’Égalité et L’Accès Aux Professions Réglementées: Bilan Contrasté de la Jurisprudence Canadienne, by Frédérick Doucet, Geneviève St-Laurent
  • Book Review:
    • Familles, Inégalités et Droit Dans un Espace Mondialisé, Recension Critique de Daphna Hacker, Legalized Families in the Era of Globalization (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017),Pp 386. ISBN 9781316535004, by Ivana Isailović

Canadian Journal of Law and Technology Vol. 18

  • Can PIPEDA ‘Face’ the Challenge? An Analysis of the Adequacy of Canada’s Private Sector Privacy Legislation Against Facial Recognition Technology, by Tunca Bolca
  • Developing Privacy Best Practices for Direct-to-Public Legal Apps: Observations and Lessons Learned, by Teresa Scassa, Amy Salyzyn, Jena McGill, Suzanne Bouclin
  • Reflections on the Influence of Social Media on Judging, by Peter D. Lauwers
  • Searches of the Person: A New Approach to Electronic Device Searches at Canadian Customs, by Justin Doll
  • Case Comment: British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Brecknell, by David TS Fraser
  • A Better Act, More Bad Behaviour Online: Nova Scotia’s New Intimate Images and Cyber-Protection Act Goes to Court, by Jennifer Taylor
  • Book reviews:
    • The Long Journey to Software Valuation: Risks and Rewards Ahead By Dwight Olson (San Diego: Truman Enamels, 2020), Softcover, 198 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-7344129-0-1. Available at, by Duncan C. Card

Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law Vol. 13

  • Reflections on Canadian Electioneering, by Gregory Tardi
  • A Novel and Necessary Remedy, by Gregory Tardi
  • Enhancing Canada’s Democracy without Electoral Reform, by Connor Macorin
  • Including Emerging Litigation Comprenant les Litiges en Voie de Développement, by Gregory Tardi, DJur.
  • The Ultimate Dilemma of Democracy, Gregory Tardi
  • Book Reviews:
    • Review of: Vernon Bogdanor Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution (2019 I.B. Tauris, London), by Steven Chaplin
    • Review of: Patrick Malcolmson, Richard Myers, Gerald Baier, and Thomas M.J. Bateman the Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada 6th Edition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), by Nancy McCormack

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McGill Journal of Law and Health Vol. 14

  • End-of-Life Care for Federally Incarcerated Individuals in Canada, by Adelina Iftene and Jocelyn Downie

Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law Vol. 19

  • Liberalizing the Investment Canada Act: Striking the Right Balance between Investment and Economic Security, by Trevor Neiman
  • How WTO Jurisprudence Can Help Resolve Interpretive Uncertainties Generated by Canada’s Domestic Free Trade Agreements, Ryan Manucha
  • Long Live the Delaware Supreme Court Decisions in Smith v Van Gorkom, Auerbach v Bennett, and Zapata v Maldonaldo!: Whether the Business Judgment Rule Should Apply in Nigeria, by Olumide Obayemi
  • Business-to-Business Electronic Communication in Canada: Reforming Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, by Maryia Kuzura
  • The Applicability of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act to De-Indexing Internet Search Engine Results, by Jessica Pushka
  • Analysis of Global Regulatory Schemes on Chance-Based Microtransactions, by Anthony Wen-Tsun Wong
  • Unravelling Smart Contracts: Smart Contracts and the Law of Rescission in Canada, by Andrew Luesley
  • A Role for ECOWAS in Addressing the Challenges of Ineffective Regulation of Transnational Oil Corporations in Nigeria, by Rahina Zarma
  • RegTech and SupTech for Robo-Advisers: Alternative Regulatory Methods for Enhancing Compliance, by Ihsan Ibrahim Daldaban
  • The Hate Speech Debate: The Supreme Court, the Federal Government, and the Need for Civil Hate Speech Provisions,by Lauren E Scharfstein

Saskatchewan Law Review Vol. 83

  • The Non-Abdication Rule in Canadian Constitutional Law, by Felix Hoehn
  • The Duty to Negotiate and the Ethos of Reconciliation, by Mark Mancini
  • Book reviews:
    • High Time: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada Edited by Andrew Potter and Daniel Weinstock. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press 2019. 234 Pp., $22.95 Pb., by Owen Pennock
    • Flawed Precedent: The St. Catherine’s Case and Aboriginal Title by Kent McNeil. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019. 334 Pp., $27.95 Pb., by Kylee Wilyman
    • Privacy in Peril: Hunter v Southam and the Drift from Reasonable Search Protections by Richard Jochelson & David Ireland. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019.244 Pp., $27.95 Pb., by Evan Best
    • Renewing Relationships: Indigenous Peoples and Canada Edited by Karen Drake & Brenda L. Gunn. Saskatoon: Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, 2019. 386 Pp., $65.00 Pb., by Travis W. Smith
    • Implicating the System: Judicial Discourses in the Sentencing of Indigenous Women by Elspeth Kaiser-Derrick. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2019. 406 Pp., $34.95 Pb., by Danielle Nichols
    • Punished for Aging: Vulnerability, Rights, and Access to Justice in Canadian Penitentiaries by Adelina Iftene. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. 245 Pp., $24.71 Pb., by Miranda Wardman
    • Criminal Trials and Mental Disorders by Thomas L. Hafemeister. New York: New York University Press, 2019. 384 Pp., US$35.00 Pb., by Everhett Zoerb
    • The Jury Crisis: What’s Wrong with Jury Trials and How We Can Save Them by Drury R. Sherrod. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 170 Pp., $34.00 Hc., by Kennedy Morrow

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Table of Contents

News Substantive Law Legislation
In the News Administrative Law Federal
Court Notices & Practice Directions Bankruptcy Law Provincial
Discipline Digests Civil Litigation  
New Library Resources Corporate & Commercial  
  Criminal Law  
  Family Law  
  Labour & Employment  
  Wills, Trusts & Estates  


In the News

Court Notices & Practice Directions

All COVID-19 Notices and Practice Directions are available here.

Provincial Court (Winnipeg Centre)
Re: Scheduling of Criminal Code Dispositions

New Library Resources

Trotter, Gary T. The Law of Bail in Canada, 3rd ed.
All aspects of judicial interim release from all jurisdictions in Canada.

Substantive Law

Administrative Law

Canada (Attorney General) v. Poirier, 2020 FCA 98. Appeal from Appeal Division of the Social Security Tribunal. Respondent applied for disability pension under CPP but was denied by General Division which determined that he had residual work capacity, but his attempts to find alternative work weren’t serious. Appeal division concluded the General Division made an error of fact and reversed the decision. For judicial review, the standard of review is reasonableness. Locke, J.A. allowed the appeal and remitted it for reconsideration by a differently-constituted panel of the Appeal Division. 

Jhanji v. The Law Society of Manitoba, 2020 MBCA 48. Applicant was suspended from the practice of law pending completion of disciplinary proceedings. Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed his appeal of the interim suspension. Applicant now appeals that appeal. Applicant has not shown any basis to intervene in the discretionary decision of the Complaints Investigation Committee. Appeal dismissed. 

Stadler v. Director, St Boniface/St Vital, 2020 MBCA 46. Does requiring a disabled recipient of income assistance to apply for CPP retirement benefits early (age 60) pursuant to s.12.1(2) of Manitoba Assistance Regulation infringe on his equality rights under s.15 of The Charter? Appellant original appealed to the Social Services Appeal Board which determined it did not have the jurisdiction to hear the Charter arguments. In 2017 this court determined that it did (2017 MBCA 108). A new panel of the Board upheld the decision, and the appellant appealed again. Appeal allowed. 

Alejandro Gonzalez, The Evolution of the Duty to Consult: A Framework for Improving Consultations, Negotiations, and Reconciliation, 2020 10-1 Western Journal of Legal Studies 1, 2020 CanLIIDocs 680, retrieved on 2020-06-04. 

Alice Woolley and Amy Salyzyn, Protecting the Public Interest: Law Society Decision-Making After Trinity Western University, 2019 97-1 Canadian Bar Review 70, 2019 CanLIIDocs 1599, retrieved on 2020-06-04.

Bankruptcy Law

9354-9186 Québec inc. v. Callidus Capital Corp., 2020 SCC 10. Appeal from Quebec of an ongoing proceeding instituted under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act. Two decisions by the supervising judge are at issue: whether a supervising judge has the discretion to bar a creditor from voting on a plan of arrangement where they determine that the creditor is acting for an improper purpose; and whether the supervising judge can approve litigation funding as interim financing. Analysis of s.11 of the CCAA. Appeal allowed, supervising judge’s order reinstated. SCC determined that the Court of Appeal failed to treat the supervising judge’s decisions with the appropriate degree of deference. Joint reasons for judgment: Wagner C.J. and Moldaver J. (Abella, Karakatsanis, Côté, Rowe and Kasirer JJ. concurring).

Bannerman Lumber Ltd. et al. v. Goodman, 2020 MBQB 76. Application for a declaration under s. 178(1) of the BIA that a debt should survive discharge of bankruptcy. The specific provision states that an order of discharge does not release the bankrupt from any debt or liability resulting from obtaining property or services under false pretences. “An issue of importance in the present case is the degree of knowledge required to establish deceit.” (para. 10). Applicants are successful. 

Tyler McNaughton. Case Comment – Re Brennan. Canadian Bankruptcy Reports (Articles) (2020) 77 C.B.R. (6th) 20 (WLNC, request a copy). (2019 ONSC 4712). 

Civil Litigation

Albo v The Winnipeg Free Press et al, 2020 MBCA 50. Appeal regarding contractual interpretation. Parties negotiated a contract for consultation leading to the defendant publishing a series of articles. Opportunity arose to compile the articles into a book. Plaintiff was unaware and sued for royalties. Analysis of “good faith performance of the contract” (para 43). Appeal dismissed. 

Green v University of Winnipeg, 2020 MBCA 49. Applicant seeks leave to appeal an order declaring him a vexatious litigant. Leave denied. 

Linda R. Rothstein. Inside the Woodshed: Preparing the Direct Examination of a Key Witness in a Civil Trial, 38 Adv. J. No. 4, 20-22 (Spring 2020) (LAQL – request a copy). 

Carla L. Maclean, Lynn Smith & Itiel E. Dror. Experts on Trial: Unearthing Bias in Scientific Evidence, (2020) 53 U.B.C. L. Rev. 101 – 139 (LAQL – request a copy). 

Corporate & Commercial Law

Laliberté v. Canada, 2020 FCA 97. Appeal of whether a trip to the International Space Station is a shareholder benefit versus a stunt-type promotional event. Minister of National Revenue (MNR) assessed the appellant with a shareholder benefit equal to the cost of the trip. Tax Court ordered that the appellant be reassessed based on a shareholder benefit equal to 90% of the cost of the trip. Appeal dismissed. 

Roofmart Ontario Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue), 2020 FCA 85. Appeal of order under the “unnamed persons requirement” (UPR) of the ITA and ETA. MNR was investigating compliance in the residential construction industry. Studies have estimated that as much as 20% of residential construction is unreported. CRA identified the appellant as the subject of a UPR due to the size of its business, its clientele and its location. Appellant raised three objections: that the application is ultra vires; the Federal Court erred in its application of the statutory criteria; and the Court applied the incorrect burden of proof. Appeal dismissed. 

State Industries Ltd. et al. v. Summers Equipment Inc. et al., 2020 MBQB 77. Defendants are seeking the setting aside of an Anton Piller Order (APO) authorized in September 2018. The plaintiffs claim the defendants breached the implied terms of their employment agreements. Onus is on defendants to satisfy the court that the APO should be set aside on the basis that the plaintiffs failed to comply with their duty of candor and disclosure. Analysis of the evidence presented to grant the APO along with the counter-argument. Bond, J. determined that order should not be set aside. 

Nygard International Partnership v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation et al., Nygard International Partnership v. Prowse, Nygard International Partnership v. Neal, 2020 MBQB 71. Three motions to dismiss for delay, in accordance with Queen’s Bench Rules 24.01 and 24.02. Summary of the principles to review in determining if the delay is unreasonable or not is set out in para. 18. Master Clearwater found mixed results.

Ryan Morasiewicz. Should an Outdoor/Adventure Business Adopt a COVID-19-Specific Liability Waiver?, MLT Aikins (Vancouver), published May 9, 2020.

Criminal Law

R. v. Ahmad, 2020 SCC 11. Two appeals combined on the application of the law of entrapment.  In each appeal police received an unsubstantiated tip that a particular phone number was used in a drug operation. Police officers called the numbers and requested drugs and arranged meetings with the person who answered. At trial, both accused argued that the charges should be stayed on the basis of entrapment. SCC held that appeal by A. should be dismissed; appeal by W. should be allowed. Present: Wagner C.J. and Abella, Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Côté, Brown, Rowe, Martin and Kasirer JJ. Dissenting on W.: Wagner, C.J., Moldaver, Côté, and Rowe JJ.

R. v. Neepin, 2020 MBCA 55. Appeal of manslaughter sentence. At issue is whether the trial judge erred in principle in findings of fact, how he addressed the accused’s the moral culpability in light of these factors and the Gladue factors, and whether the sentence is harsh and excessive. Appeal allowed and sentence reduced to seven years. 

R. v. Nelson, 2020 MBCA 53. Appeal of convictions for aggravated assault, robbery with a firearm, and three weapons offences. The victim in this instance was unable to identify the accused but a witness did and gave a videotaped statement. The witness did not show up for trial until she was detained on a material witness warrant. The witness declined to review her statement and could not recall some details while testifying. Key issue at trial was whether there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the identity of the attackers. Issue on appeal is whether the trial judge erred in allowing the witness to testify after reviewing her prior statement. Appeal dismissed. 

R. v. K.N.D.W., 2020 MBCA 52. Crown appeal against sentence. Accused was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to two years less a day. Crown argues that the sentencing judge erred by underemphasizing the brutal nature of the sexual assault and the risk posed by the accused given his prior record, and failing to take into account the traumatic impact on the children. Appeal allowed, sentence increased to five years. 

R. v. Thompsett, 2020 MBCA 47. Accused seeks leave to appeal his sentence and a restitution order. Accused breached his judicial interim release by leaving a residential treatment program on the day he arrived. He asserts the sentencing judge erred in principle by considering the breach conviction as an aggravating factor. On reconsideration of restitution order, fresh evidence showed the amount should be varied as requested, with Crown consenting. Leave to appeal allowed, appeal from sentence dismissed. 

R. v. Miles, 2020 MBCA 45. Accused appeals conviction for second degree murder on the basis that the verdict was unreasonable. He  argues that the trial judge erred in assessing the evidence of a key witness, erred in the application of the law regarding inferences and post-offence conduct, and erred in the finding that the accused’s intoxication did not negate the intent to commit murder. Appeal dismissed. 

Re DNA Warrant for Malcolm, 2020 MBPC 23. Reasons for the need of a police officer to swear an information to obtain a DNA warrant before a provincial court judge. Reconsideration of decision of Judge Pollack from 2010 (Winnipeg (City) Police Service (Re)). Krahn, A.C.P.J. determines it is acceptable for police officers to submit their informations to obtain DNA warrants sworn before a commissioner for oaths. 

R v Jachetta, 2020 MBPC 21. Decision on legal test to stand fitness for trial. Accused had been disbarred for misappropriation of trust funds and then charged by police with criminal breach of trust, fraud, false pretences and theft. “For accused to be fit, he must possess the ability to engage with the trial process in a meaningful way” (para 35). Krahn, A.C.P.J. finds he is unfit to stand trial. 

Paul L. Moreau. COVID-19 and the Tertiary Ground.“This article examines the considerations of Canadian jurists of the impact of the pandemic on decisions of judicial interim release.” 2020 CanLIIDocs 676

Adelina Iftene and Jocelyn Downie. End-of-Life Care for Federally Incarcerated Individuals in Canada, 2020 14-1 McGill Journal of Law and Health 1, 2020 CanLIIDocs 551, retrieved on 2020-06-04.

Family Law

Usman v Usman, 2020 MBCA 54. Appeal of two orders made by chambers judge regarding the division of property acquired during the marriage. Appellant was found in contempt of the first order (Everett order) and given an extension to comply with it. When the matter came up again, he had still not complied with it (Dueck order) so respondent was given carriage to sell the property. Appellant has continued to refuse to cooperate. Appeal dismissed, costs to the respondent and appellant was ordered to pay costs to the court because he did not include a copy of reasons from one judge for his appeal book. 

CFS Western Manitoba v. C.J.P. et al., 2020 MBQB 74. Children had been placed with grandparents and great-grandparents under temporary orders. Issue is whether children, being returned to mother, need to continue to be in need of protection. Onus is on Agency to prove children are still in need of protection. Order is based on the best interests of the children. Abel, J. also comments on use of judicial resources in resolving this matter, and effect of COVID-19. 

Gray v. Gray, 2020 MBQB 69. Father seeks order on issues related to property, interim child support including a contribution towards special or extraordinary expenses; mother seeks interim spousal support and a no contact or communication order. Father has primary care and control of children. Trial on the issues is set for end of November 2020. Some issues determined on summary judgment. 

Cory Giordano.  Family Law: Stays; Child-Custody & Access. CanLII ConnectsCase Comment: Jonzon v. Yuill, 2020 ABCA 219

Kathleen Hammond. Relationally Speaking: The Implications of Treating Embryos as Property in a Canadian Context, (2019) 32 Can. J. Fam. L. 323 – 386. (LAQL – request a copy).

Labour & Employment

Lairenjam v. Unifor National Council 4000, 2020 FCA 96. Complaint with Canada Industrial Relations Board alleging Union had breached its duty of fair representation. Applicant lost his job when Ministry of Transportation issued a ticket for failing to maintain his truck in a safe operating condition. Union declined to support his grievance because he already had four Step 3 discipline assessments. CIRB dismissed the complaint, then six months later the applicant asked for reconsideration due to new developments. CIRB declined to review; this is a an application for judicial review. Standard of review is reasonableness. Review dismissed. 

Brandon (City) et al. v. Brandon Professional Firefights’/Paramedics’ Association, 2020 MBQB 73. Application for order quashing an arbitrator’s award regarding banked overtime. Standard of review is reasonableness as articulated in Vavilov. City argued that arbitrator exceeded her jurisdiction and erred by imposing a split onus on the issue; Union argued that while it, as the grievor, bore the legal onus of proof, the arbitrator properly imposed a shifting evidential burden of proof (para 11 and 12). Application is dismissed and the award upheld. 

Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union v. The Minister of Finance for the Government of Manitoba, The Honourable Scott Fielding, 2020 MBQB 68. Application for an order of mandamus to appoint an arbitration board to settle matters respecting the collective agreement renewal. Keyser, J. concluded that MGEU is entitled to the mandamus relief.

Wills, Trusts & Estates

Durand v. Durand et al., 2020 MBQB 70. Application by widow of deceased to remove one co-executor, due to a conflict of interest, and replace him with another. The estate is a farm corporation. Widow is dependent on payments from the spousal trust to supplement her pension. All other beneficiaries support mother’s application. Application granted. 

Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal, (2020) Vol. 39, No. 3. (Request a copy). 



43rd Parliament, 1st Session
An Act to amend the Canadian Dairy Commission Act
Statute of Canada: 2020, c. 8
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43rd Parliament, 1st Session
An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019)
Short Title
Canada Emergency Student Benefit Act
Statute of Canada: 2020, c. 7
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43rd Parliament, 1st Session
An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine)
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43rd Parliament, 1st Session
A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19
Short Title
COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2
Statute of Canada: 2020, c. 6
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42nd Legislature, 2nd Session

House adjourned May 27, 2020 until the call of the Speaker. 

60Hon. Mr. Fielding
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The Appropriation Act, 2020 (COVID-19 Response)PDFSM 2020, c. 14
61Hon. Mr. Fielding
Minister of Finance
The Loan Act, 2020PDFSM 2020, c. 15
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Minister of Finance
The Fuel Tax Amendment and Retail Sales Tax Amendment ActPDFSM 2020, c. 12

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  • Why a New Approach to Privacy Rights and Section 8 of the Chapter Is Required in the Cyber Age and What It Could Look Like
  • Taking the Cryptic out of Cryptocurrency Investigations
  • The Knowledge and Beliefs of Jurors and Non-Jurors Concerning the Fallibility of Memory: Is this Information Common Knowledge?

Saskatchewan Law Review Volume 82 (Also available on

  • Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights and the “Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty”: The Notwithstanding Clause and Fundamental Justice as Touchstones for the Charter Debate
  • Climate Change, Constitutions, and Courts: The Reference Re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act and Beyond
  • Federalism, Subsidiarity, and Carbon Taxes
  • Federalism and Farm Debt During the Great Depression: Political Impetuses for The Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act, 1934
  • Book reviews of:
    • Enforcing Exclusions: Precarious Migrants and the Law in Canada by Sarah Grayce Marsden.
    • A Conviction in Question: The First Trial at the International Criminal Court by Jim Freedman.
    • Health Care and the Charter: Legal Mobilization and Policy Change in Canada by Christopher P. Manfredi and Antonia Maioni.
    • The Charter Debates: The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution, 1980-81, and the Making of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms edited by Adam M. Dodek.
    • Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession by Elaine Craig.
    • Who Controls the Hunt? First Nations, Treaty Rights and Wildlife Conservation in Ontario, 1783-1939 by David Calverley.
    • First Peoples Law: Essays on Canadian Law and Decolonization by Bruce McIvor, 3d ed.
    • Drug-Impaired Driving in Canada by Nathan Baker.
    • Victimology: A Canadian Perspective by Jo-Anne M. Wemmers.
    • Assisted Reproduction Policy in Canada: Framing, Federalism, and Failure by Dave Snow.

Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice Volume 36 (Also available on

  • Introduction – Corporate Social Responsibility Viewed Recently
  • Green Illusions: Governing CSR Aesthetics
  • Dominium and the Empire of Laws
  • The Impact of Whistleblowing Awards Programs on Corporate Governance
  • The Global Social Enterprise Lawmaking Phenomenon: State Initiatives on Purpose, Capital, and Taxation