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Teskey v. Canada (Attorney General) (Constitutional law; Ont. C.A.; August 22, 2014) -- Rules of succession were part of fabric of constitution and could not be trumped or amended by Charter.

Huruglica v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (Administrative law, Immigration law; F.C.; August 22, 2014) -- RAD should have applied correctness standard to RPD's decision and reviewed all aspects of RPD's decision to independently assess whether applicants met definition of Convention refugees or persons in need of protection.

Strand Theatre Ltd. v. Prince Albert (City) (Environmental law, Tort law; Sask. C.A.; August 19, 2014) -- Judge did not misapprehend evidence in concluding owner failed to establish nuisance claim against City.

R. v. Williamson (Criminal law; Ont. C.A.; August 19, 2014) -- Conviction for sexual offences against young boy committed over 30 years ago overturned because trial judge erred in refusing to grant a stay of proceedings based on unreasonable delay.

Thériault-Martel c. Savoie (Responsabilité civile, dommages; QCCS; 15 août 2014) -- L'homme d'affaires Savoie est condamné à des dommages punitifs de 200 000 $ pour la poursuite-bâillon intentée contre une retraitée ayant de faibles revenus. -- Businessman Savoie was ordered to pay $200,000 in punitive damages for a SLAPP initiated against a retired woman with low income.

Kaynes v. BP (Civil litigation, Conflict of laws, Securities regulation; Ont. C.A.; August 14, 2014) -- Ontario not forum conveniens as there was proposed class proceeding pending in U.S. where many more shareholders resided.

R. v. Sona (Criminal law, Government law; Ont. Ct. of Justice; August 14, 2014) -- Former Conservative election campaign worker guilty of endeavouring to prevent electors from voting in 2011 federal election.

McAteer v. Canada (Attorney General) (Constitutional law, Government law, Immigration law; Ont. C.A.; August 13, 2014) -- Swearing oath to Queen was commitment to our form of government, not allegiance to specific person who lived in England.

R. v. Smith (Criminal law, Health law; B.C.C.A.; August 14, 2014) -- Medical exemption for possession of marijuana to the dried form only was arbitrary because use of marijuana derivatives not shown to be unsafe or ineffective.

United States of America v. 'Isa (Criminal law, International law; Alta. C.A.; August 11, 2014) -- 'Isa extradited to stand trial on charges of conspiracy to murder Americans abroad and provision of material support to terrorist conduct.

Good v. Toronto (City) Police Services Board (Civil litigation; Ont. Div. Ct.; August 6, 2014) -- Class action claim against Crown and Toronto Police for unlawful detention of demonstrators during G20 summit certified.

Fontaine v. Canada (Attorney General) (Aboriginal law, Government law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; August 6, 2014) -- Documents produced during the independent assessment process to compensate former students of Indian Residential Schools to be destroyed after 15 years.

Phillion v. Ontario (Attorney General) (Civil litigation, Tort law; Ont. C.A.; July 31, 2014) -- Plaintiff's civil action against the Crown and police after his murder conviction was overturned allowed to proceed.

Hébert c. R. (Droit criminal; QCCA; 1er août 2014)  -- Le comportement du juge Boilard par ses propos désobligeants et sexistes, discréditant l'avocate de la défense devant le jury suscite une crainte raisonnable de partialité. -- Judge Boilard's conduct with his disparaging remarks and sexist comments, discrediting the defense counsel before the jury gives rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias

Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited v. Hydro-Québec (Contracts, Natural resources law; QCCS; July 24, 2014) -- Hydro-Québec's refusal to renegotiate the pricing terms of the contract it entered into with Churchill Falls in 1969 was not unreasonable. -- Le refus d'Hydro-Québec de renégocier les conditions tarifaires contenues au contrat conclu en 1969 avec Churchill Falls n'était pas déraisonnable.

Manitoba (Progressive Conservative Party) v. Manitoba (Constitutional law, Government law, Taxation; Man. Q.B.; July 18, 2014) -- Increase in sales tax rate without complying with referendum procedure did not breach citizens' Charter rights.

Dow c. R. (Droit criminel; QCCA; 23 juillet 2014)   -- Les directives au jury auraient dû couvrir la distinction entre les effets juridiques des troubles mentaux de Dow et ceux découlant de son intoxication par l'alcool. -- Directions to jury should have covered distinction between legal effect of Dow's mental illness and effect stemming from alcohol intoxication at time of offences.

R. v. Hersi (Criminal law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; July 24, 2014) -- Offender sentenced to ten years' imprisonment for attempted participation in terrorist group activities and counseling another to participate.

R. v. Mastronardi (Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; July 24, 2014) -- Trial judge did not err in convicting appellant of sexual assault for his fraudulent gynecological examinations.

Giroux c. Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières (CHRTR) (Droit de la santé; QCCA; 17 juillet 2014) -- L'entente de médecins orthopédistes de Trois-Rivières régissant leur régime de garde ne constituait pas un contrat sui generis mais un règlement illégal. -- The agreement between Trois-Rivières orthopaedic physicians respecting their on-call duty assignment was not a sui generis contract but an illegal by-law.

Muskoka Lakes (Township) v. Ontario (Minister of Natural Resources) (Natural resources law; Ont. C.A.; July 21, 2014) -- Common law public right of passage over a navigable waterway did not include the right to portage over another's lands.

Unique Broadband Systems Inc. (Re) (Corporations, partnerships and associations law, Employment law; Ont. C.A.; July 10, 2014) -- CEO not entitled to legal indemnification where he did not act honestly and in good faith.

Matheson v. Lewis (Insurance law; Ont. C.A.; July 11, 2014) -- Motion judge erred in finding ATV was self-propelled instrument of husbandry and was therefore excluded from compulsory insurance regime.

Tremblay c. Lavoie (Responsabilité civile; QCCS; 10 juillet 2014) -- Recours collectif contre les Rédemptoristes et le Collège St-Alphonse accueilli en partie pour des abus sexuels perpétrés entre 1960 et 1987. -- Class action lawsuit against Redemptorists and Collège St-Alphonse for sexual abuses that occurred between 1960 and 1987 allowed in part.

Moisescu c. Lecours (Responsabilité civile, dommages; QCCS; 4 juillet 2014) -- Le fait de prendre des photos d'une propriété voisine, le soir, sans justification apparente constitue une atteinte à la vie privée devant être compensée. -- Taking pictures of a neighbour's house, in the evening, without apparent justification constitutes an invasion of privacy for which compensation can be awarded.

Foulidis v. Ford (Tort law; Ont. C.A.; July 8, 2014)   -- Trial judge did not err in concluding Rob Ford's words were not defamatory and did not target plaintiff.

Khadr v. Edmonton Institution (Criminal law; Alta. C.A.; July 8, 2014) -- Khadr's sentence was eligible to be served in provincial penitentiary.

R. c. Perron (Droit criminel; QCCQ; 2 juillet 2014)   -- O'Reilly, 81 ans, est condamné à quatre ans d'emprisonnement pour une importante fraude liée à la contrebande de cigarettes. -- O'Reilly, 81, sentenced to four years' imprisonment for an important fraud involving contraband cigarettes.

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care v. Canada (Attorney General) (Constitutional law, Government law, Health law, Immigration law; F.C.; July 4, 2014) -- Changes to the Interim Federal Health Program breached ss. 12 and 15 of Charter, as refugee claimants were targeted for adverse treatment in order to force removal from Canada or deter entry in manner that shocked public conscience and perpetuated stereotypes.

Jia v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (Administrative law, Immigration law; F.C.; June 23, 2014) -- No absolute right to the issuance of a visa following the mere fact of having applied.

R. v. Smith (Criminal law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; June 27, 2014) -- Police conduct during undercover Mr. Big operation to coerce confession from accused justified exclusion of evidence.

R. v. Rahman (Criminal law; N.S.C.A.; June 23, 2014)   -- Father's convictions for aggravated assault and manslaughter of his infant daughter upheld.

R. v. Mann (Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; June 18, 2014)   -- Warrantless seizure of two Blackberry devices from accused incidental to arrest, and search of entire contents of devices, was breach of right to protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

Alberta v. Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (Civil litigation, Constitutional law, Labour law; Alta. C.A.; June 17, 2014) -- Court had jurisdiction to make contempt order, but portions of order imposing publication obligations on union infringed freedom of expression and were deleted.

Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack (Civil litigation, Conflict of laws, Information technology; B.C.S.C.; June 13, 2014) -- Application by plaintiffs for injunction requiring Google to remove all websites where defendants sold products from search results worldwide allowed.

Canada v. Kitselas First Nation (Aboriginal law; Fed. C.A.; June 5, 2014) -- Crown breached a legal obligation to the Kitselas First Nation by failing to include a parcel of land in a reserve.

Sociedade-de-fomento Industrial Private Ltd. v. Pakistan Steel Mills Corp. (Private) Ltd. (Alternative dispute resolution, Civil litigation, Conflict of laws, International law; B.C.C.A.; June 2, 2014) -- SFI not obliged to show enforcement in Pakistan possible in seeking Mareva injunction in B.C.

Toronto District School Board v. Toronto (City) (Education law, Municipal law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; June 13, 2014) -- Proposal by School Board to add dome to playing field would result in 70 per cent usage of field for non-school purposes.

Deguise c. Montminy (Responsabilité professionnelle et déontologie, construction; QCCS; 12 juin 2014) -- Les recours découlant des dommages causés par la pyrrhotite dans le béton utilisé par des entrepreneurs entre 2003 et 2008 sont accueillis en partie. -- Proceedings arising from damages caused by pyrrhotite in concrete used by contractors from 2003 to 2008 are allowed in part.

R. v. Skakun (Criminal law, Government law, Statutory interpretation; B.C.C.A.; June 11, 2014) -- Appeal by municipal councillor from dismissal of appeal from conviction for making unauthorized disclosure of personal information dismissed.

Adoption - 1445 (Droit de la famille; QCCA; 10 juin 2014) -- Le placement d'un enfant en vue de son adoption est ordonné malgré la convention illégalement formée entre l'adoptante et la mère porteuse concernant le consentement à l'adoption. -- Placement with a view to adoption ordered despite illegal agreement between adopter and surrogate mother respecting consent to adoption.

R. v. Mohamed (Criminal law; Ont. C.A.; June 5, 2014)   -- Manslaughter conviction overturned and new trial ordered because trial judge erred in limiting self-defence charge to jury.

Fontaine Estate v. Canada (Aboriginal law, Government law, Legal profession; Man. Q.B.; June 4, 2014) -- Form Fillers providing services to residential school attendees in seeking compensation for abuse pursuant to settlement agreement with several provinces prohibited from providing legal services, collecting contingency fees or accepting assignment of settlement funds from claimants.

R. v. Montague (Criminal law; Ont. C.A.; June 3, 2014)   -- Forfeiture of over $116,000 in weapons and ammunition was not cruel and unusual punishment.

R. v. Fast (Criminal law; Sask. Q.B.; May 30, 2014)   -- Accused behind largest fraud in Saskatchewan history, sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of over $16 million to many elderly investors.

Lacasse c. R. (Droit criminel; QCCA; 15 mai 2014)   -- La peine imposée à Lacasse pour conduite avec facultés affaiblies ayant causé la mort de deux personnes passe de 77 à 47 mois d'emprisonnement puisqu'elle n'avait pas été suffisamment individualisée. -- The sentence imposed on Lacasse for impaired driving causing the death of two passengers was reduced from 77 to 47 months' imprisonment due to insufficient individualization by the trial judge.

Douez v. Facebook Inc. (Civil litigation, Conflict of laws, Information technology; B.C.S.C.; May 30, 2014) -- Application for certification of class action against Facebook in B.C. for unauthorized use of users names and likenesses in advertising allowed.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General) (Aboriginal law; Nun. C.A.; April 23, 2014) -- Partial summary judgment of $14.8 million for failure of Crown to implement environmental and economic monitoring plan within timelines of parallel Implementation Agreement set aside.

Wilson v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) (Criminal law, Transportation law; B.C.C.A.; May 30, 2014) -- Trial judge erred in ruling that blowing a "warn" on an approved roadside screening device was not enough to justify an immediate driving prohibition.

Accurso c. Charbonneau (Droit constitutionnel; QCCS; 30 avril 2014) -- Accurso peut être contraint de témoigner à la Commission Charbonneau. -- Accurso could be compelled to give testimony at the Charbonneau Commission.

R. v. Karigar (Criminal law, International law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; May 23, 2014) -- Accused sentenced to three years' imprisonment for bribery contrary to Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

Charest c. Dessau inc. (Procédure civile; QCCS; 6 mai 2014) -- La requête d'un contribuable de Montréal pour autorisation d'exercer un recours collectif contre des firmes de génie-conseil accusées de collusion dans le partage de contrats municipaux est rejetée. -- The application by a Montreal taxpayer for certification of a class action against engineering consulting firms that allegedly participated in market sharing for municipal contracts was dismissed.

Balikama v. Khaira Enterprises Ltd. (Employment law, Human rights law; B.C. Human Rights Tribunal; May 23, 2014) -- Tree-planting company discriminated against African workers by failing to pay wages owing to them while others were paid.

R. c. Sidime (Droit criminel; QCCQ; 21 mai 2014) Un homme ayant causé la mort de sa fille en la giflant est condamné à 60 jours d'emprisonnement discontinu. -- A man who caused the death of his daughter when he slapped her was sentenced to a 60-day intermittent prison term.

Lepage c. FTQ-Construction (Responsabilité civile, dommages; QCCS; 20 mai 2014) -- Le syndicat FTQ-Construction et ses dirigeants sont condamnés à verser des dommages totalisant 300 000 $ pour la diffamation du directeur d'un chantier de construction. -- Québec labour union FTQ-Construction and its leaders were ordered to pay damages totalling $300,000 for the defamation of a construction site manager.

France v. Diab (International law; Ont. C.A.; May 15, 2014) -- Surrender order was reasonable, as process leading to foreign trial for alleged role in 1980 synagogue bombing had been initiated.

Vancouver (City) Police Department v. British Columbia (Police Complaint Commissioner) (Professional responsibility; B.C.C.A.; May 12, 2014) -- Commissioner could not order reopening of investigation into complaint against two police officers for failure to warn of death threat.

R. v. Panipekeesick (Criminal law; Sask. C.A.; April 21, 2014) -- Trial judge erred in his application of the law respecting extortion.

Richer v. Canada (Attorney General) (Criminal law; Sask. C.A.; April 25, 2014) -- Appeal by two inmates from dismissal of application for habeas corpus with certiorari when their request to be in assigned shared housing unit was denied properly dismissed.

Johnstone v. Canada (Border Services) (Employment law, Human rights law; Fed. C.A.; May 2, 2014) -- Tribunal did not err in finding prima facie discrimination on basis of family status due to rotating shift schedule's interference with childcare obligations.

Munyaneza c. R. (Droit criminel; QCCA; 7 mai 2014)   -- Le jugement ayant trouvé Munyaneza coupable de génocide, de crimes contre l'humanité et de crimes de guerres est confirmé. -- The judgment finding Munyaneza guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes was upheld.

Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) (Constitutional law, Government law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; May 2, 2014) -- Provisions of the Canada Elections Act barring expatriates who have lived abroad for more than five years from voting, are unconstitutional.

British Columbia v. Canadian National Railway (Administrative law, Natural resources law; B.C.C.A.; May 1, 2014) -- Commission's decision to award compensation to Crown for timber damaged in fire caused by CNR based on stumpage rate at time of salvage, not fire, was reasonable.

R. v. Appulonappa (Constitutional law, Immigration law; B.C.C.A.; April 30, 2014) -- Human smuggling provision not overbroad and was directed to deterring and penalizing those who assist others in entering Canada illegally.

Allard v. Canada (Civil litigation, Constitutional law, Criminal law, Health law; F.C.; March 21, 2014) -- Those holding a valid license to grow marijuana were exempt from the repeal of the MMAR and operation of the MMPR pending determination of their constitutional rights at trial, subject to the possession limits under the MMPR.

Magasins Best Buy ltée c. Québec (Procureur général) (Droits et libertés de la personne, droit commercial; QCCS; 9 avril 2014) -- Les marques de commerce anglaises Best Buy, Costco, Old Navy et celles d'autres compagnies ne contreviennent pas à la Charte de la langue française lorsqu'elles sont utilisées dans l'affichage public. -- Best Buy, Costco, Old Navy and other English trade-marks used in public signs do not violate the Québec Charter of the French Language.

Laver v. Swrjeski (Civil litigation, Legal profession, Professional responsibility; Ont. C.A.; April 17, 2014) -- Judge's comments expressing inclination not to make adverse finding against respondent due to his status as police officer tainted credibility finding.

Daniels v. Canada (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) (Aboriginal law, Constitutional law; Fed. C.A.; April 17, 2014) -- Only Metis are included as Indians under the Constitution, but not non-status Indians.

CHU de Québec c. M.G. (Droit des personnes; QCCS; 1 avril 2014) -- Malgré l'opposition des parents, la Cour supérieure autorise les soins destinés à une patiente plongée dans le coma après une surdose de drogue. -- Québec Superior Court overrules parental refusal to allow treatment for a patient who fell in a coma after a drug overdose.

R. v. Porisky (Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; April 14, 2014)   -- Convictions for tax-related offences overturned because formal procedure to re-elect mode of trial or waive right to jury trial was not followed.

Chatham-Kent Children's Services v. A.H. (Conflict of laws, Family law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; April 14, 2014) -- Chatham-Kent Children's Services not required to deliver children of Lev Tahor religious community to child protection authorities in Quebec.

Ontario (General Manager, Ontario Health Insurance Plan) v. Clarke (Administrative law, Health law; Ont. Div. Ct.; March 31, 2014) -- Migrant farm workers' OHIP coverage ended when their work permits expired.

R. c. Roberge (Droit criminel; QCCQ; 4 avril 2014)   -- Un enquêteur de la Ville de Montréal est condamné à huit ans d'emprisonnement pour avoir vendu des informations à des groupes criminels. -- A Montreal police investigator was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for selling information to organized criminal gangs.

R. c. Després (Droit criminel; QCCQ; 2 avril 2014)   -- Després est condamné à 16 mois d'emprisonnement pour agression sexuelle, ayant eu des relations sexuelles avec sa petite amie de 14 ans. -- Després sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment for sexual assault after he had consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend.

Figueiras v. Toronto (City) Police Services Board (Constitutional law, Criminal law, Professional responsibility, Tort law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; April 4, 2014) -- Denial of access to perimeter of summit to those with closed bags was minimal intrusion of accused's rights and de minimis touching by police did not constitute battery.

R. v. Badgerow (Criminal law; Ont. C.A.; April 8, 2014) - - Strong public interest in a trial outweighed any unfairness in trying the accused a fourth time.

Livent Inc. (Special Receiver and Manager of) v. Deloitte & Touche (Corporations, partnerships and associations law, Damages, Professional responsibility, Tort law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; April 4, 2014) -- Damages for negligence payable by Deloitte to Livent through its receivers totaled $84.75 million.

Erazo v. Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (Administrative law, Education law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; April 4, 2014) -- Non-Catholic student who was exempted from religious studies was also exempt from mass, liturgies and religious retreats.

R. v. Barabash (Criminal law; Alta. C.A.; April 3, 2014) -- Trial judge's acquittal for child pornography offences on basis of private use exception resulted from reasoning that was wrong in law.

Furlong v. Edmonton Police Service (Professional responsibility; Alta. C.A.; March 27, 2014) -- Presiding officer's decision recommending dismissal of Constable for misconduct was reasonable.

Watkins v. Dormuth (Damages, Professional responsibility, Tort law, Transportation law; B.C.S.C.; March 31, 2014) -- Damages of almost $1 million awarded when plaintiff's vehicle was struck by police vehicle in t-bone collision.

Canada (Procureur général) c. Chambre des notaires du Québec (Droit constitutionnel, droit fiscal, professions juridiques; QCCA; 21 mars 2014) -- Les art. 231.2(1) et 231.7 de la Loi de l'impôt sur le revenu sont déclarés inconstitutionnels et inopérants. -- Paragraph 231.2(1) and section 231.7 of the Income Tax Act were declared unconstitutional and inoperative.

R. v. Cyr (Aboriginal law, Criminal law; Sask. Q.B.; February 28, 2014) -- Crown's duty to facilitate First Nations participation in justice system did not extend to providing mixed jury to try accused.

Tracy (Litigation guardian of) v. Iranian Ministry of Information and Security (Conflict of laws; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; March 17, 2014) -- Funds in two Ontario bank accounts and real properties belonged to Iran and were non-diplomatic assets available to satisfy US order pursuant to Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.

R. v. Wilson (Criminal law, Transportation law; Ont. C.A.; March 21, 2014) -- Due diligence defence available for seat belt offence under HTA.

R. v. Gerstein (Criminal law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; March 13, 2014) -- Fraud charges involving losses of $7.6 million stayed for unreasonable delay due to Crown's lack of timely disclosure.

R. v. Reyat (Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; March 13, 2014)   -- Sentence of nine years, longest imposed for perjury at trial of two Air India bombers, not unfit in case unparalleled in Canada.

Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. c. Québec (Procureur général) (Droit constitutionnel, santé; QCCS; 5 mars 2014) -- La Loi sur le recouvrement des soins de santé et des dommages-intérêts liés au tabac ne viole pas la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne du Québec. -- The Tobacco-Related Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act does not violate the Québec Charter of human rights and freedoms.

R. v. Schmidt (Constitutional law, Criminal law, Health law, Natural resources law; Ont. C.A.; March 11, 2014) -- Appeal by accused from convictions related to sale and distribution of un-pasteurized milk through cow-share program dismissed.

R. v. Kish (Criminal law; Ont. C.A.; March 10, 2014)   -- Conviction for second degree murder upheld because accused's identification was supported by eyewitness evidence that was corroborative on material points and with surveillance video.

Midland Resources Holding Ltd. v. Shtaif (Damages, Tort law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; March 7, 2014) -- Action by Midland Resources against multiple defendants for damages related to their lost investment in a failed joint venture to acquire and develop Russian oil fields allowed.

Garrie v. Janus Joan Inc. (Employment law, Human rights law; Ont. H.R.T.; February 28, 2014) -- Respondent's discriminatory pay practice for workers with developmental disabilities was a serious violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

R. v. Karim (Criminal law; Alta. C.A.; March 6, 2014)   -- Sentencing judge did not double count aggravating factors in assessing moral blameworthiness as near murder.

R. v. Paul (Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; March 4, 2014)   -- Judge gave due consideration to accused's Aboriginal heritage, his young age, prior good character and extreme intoxication in imposing life imprisonment with 16 years of parole ineligibility.

Syndicat des employées et employés professionnels et de bureau, section locale 573 (CTC-FTQ) c. Commission de la construction du Québec (Droit constitutionnel, rapports collectifs de travail; QCCA; 25 février 2014) -- Le personnel d'enquête de la Commission de la construction du Québec ne peut être représenté par une association affiliée à un syndicat représentant des salariés de la construction. -- The investigative staff at the Commission de la construction du Québec could not be represented by a union affiliated with another representing construction workers.

Sivia v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) (Constitutional law, Criminal law, Transportation law; B.C.C.A.; March 3, 2014) -- British Columbia's automatic roadside prohibition regime was valid provincial legislation rather than exclusively within federal government's criminal law power.

British Columbia (Director of Civil Forfeiture) v. Lloydsmith (Civil litigation, Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; February 21, 2014) -- Permitting the case to proceed as organized provided an opportunity for determining the interaction between s. 24 of the Charter and s. 6 of the Civil Forfeiture Act at trial prior to any consideration of the issues on appeal.

Boyd v. Edington (Health law, Professional responsibility, Tort law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; February 20, 2014) -- Defendant breached standard of care by not recognizing possibility of stroke, by drastically reducing plaintiff's blood pressure, and by failing to refer her to neurology in timely manner.

R. v. Doodnaught (Criminal law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; February 25, 2014) -- Offender sentenced to ten years' imprisonment for 21 counts of sexual assault of female patients when they were sedated.

R. v. Todorovic (Criminal law; Ont. C.A.; February 27, 2014) -- Conviction and imposition of an adult sentence for first degree murder upheld.

Ogden v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Employment law; B.C.S.C.; February 24, 2014) -- CIBC acted in high-handed manner in dismissing Ogden which breached its duty of good faith.

R. v. Caron (Constitutional law, Criminal law; Alta. C.A.; February 21, 2014) -- At time of 1870 annexation of what constituted present-day Alberta, there was no indication of an intention to expressly protect the right to publish law in French and English.

R. c. Caron (Droit constitutionnel, droit criminel; Alta. C.A.; 21 février 2014) -- Au moment de l'indexation des terres formant maintenant l'Alberta en 1870, il n'y a eu aucune expression explicite d'une intention de protéger le droit de voir la législation publiée en anglais et en français.

Pardi c. R. (Droit criminel; QCCA; 20 février 2014)   -- La condamnation de Brandon Pardi et la sentence d'emprisonnement avec sursis qui lui a été imposée pour avoir causé la mort de la jeune Bianca Leduc sont confirmées. -- Brandon Pardi's guilty verdict and his conditional sentence for dangerous driving causing the death of young Bianca Leduc were affirmed.

Canada (Commissioner of Competition) v. Chatr Wireless Inc. (Commercial law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; February 21, 2014) -- Administrative penalty of $500,000 imposed against Chatr Wireless and Rogers Communications for failing to conduct adequate and proper tests prior to claiming fewer dropped calls than competitors in four major markets.

Laflamme c. Bell Mobilité inc. (Droit commercial, contrats et obligations; QCCS; 18 février 2014) -- Le recours collectif intenté contre Bell à la suite d'une modification tarifaire unilatérale est accueilli en partie. -- Class action filed against Bell for unilateral changes to its rates is allowed in part.

Burnell v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) (Civil litigation, Natural resources law; B.C.S.C.; February 18, 2014) -- Application by commercial halibut fisher for certification of class action against Crown for alleged unlawful expropriation or tax on public resources allowed.

R. v. Lloyd (Criminal law; B.C.P.C.; January 24, 2014)   -- Mandatory one-year minimum was cruel and unusual punishment in hypothetical scenario of addict possessing drugs to share with other users.

Ontario (Attorney General) v. $10,000.00 in Canadian Currency (In Rem) (Criminal law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; February 10, 2014) -- Incidental search resulting in seizure of five bundles of cash totaling $10,000 forfeited to Crown.

Western Canada Wilderness Committee v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) (Environmental law, Government law, Natural resources law; F.C.; February 14, 2014) -- Declaration of unlawfulness was necessary and appropriate as expression of judicial disapproval and to ensure future compliance with statutory timelines under Species of Risk Act.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees v. Alberta (Civil litigation, Labour law; Alta. Q.B.; February 14, 2014) -- Motion by Alberta Union of Provincial Employees for an injunction staying the operation of the newly enacted Public Service Salary Restraint Act granted.

Pétrolia inc. c. Gaspé (Ville de) (Droit municipal, ressources naturelles; QCCS; 10 février 2014) -- Un règlement municipal ayant pour effet de réglementer des activités de forage autorisées en vertu de la Loi sur les mines est déclaré ultra vires. -- A municipal by-law restricting drilling activity authorized under the Mining Act is declared ultra vires.

Laflamme v. Groupe TDL ltée (Civil liability; QCCS; February 6, 2014) -- Laflamme was awarded $50,000 for non-pecuniary damages after she severely burnt her tongue and mouth with soup in a fast food restaurant. -- Laflamme a droit à des dommages non pécuniaires de 50 000$ après s'être brûlé la bouche et la langue en mangeant une soupe dans un établissement de restauration rapide.

Chatham-Kent Children's Services v. A.H. (Conflict of Laws, Family law; Ont. Sup. Ct. of Justice; February 3, 2014) -- Children from Lev Tahor community must be returned to Quebec child protection authorities.

Paquette (Litigation guardian of) v. Surrey School District No. 36 (Education law, Tort law; B.C.S.C.; January 24, 2014) -- School board liable for not taking reasonable actions to prevent children accessing the school roof via the cherry tree.

Fortier c. Meubles Léon ltée (Droit commercial, procédure civile; QCCA; 4 février 2014) -- Des consommateurs québécois pourront exercer un recours collectif contre des commerçants ayant prétendument faits de fausses représentations en lien avec des plans de garanties prolongées. -- Québec consumers are authorized to institute class actions against merchants allegedly guilty of misrepresentations related to extended warranty plans.

Kenyon v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) (Transportation law; B.C.S.C.; February 3, 2014) -- Superintendent's resort to peripheral credibility tests in upholding immediate 90-day roadside prohibition was both methodologically and substantively unsound.

R. v. Cloud (Criminal law; QCCQ; February 3, 2014)   -- Québec Court added a $5 fine to the sentence imposed on a destitute man guilty of mischief and assault in order to diminish the applicable victim fine surcharge.

McMurchie c. Clément (Diffamation; QCCA; 27 janvier 2014) -- Les articles concluant que le maire de Pointe-Claire était le plus dépensier des maires des différentes villes de Montréal n'étaient pas diffamatoires -- The newspaper articles concluding that Pointe-Claire's mayor was the biggest spender of all cities of Montreal's island were not defamatory.

Bentley (Litigation guardian of) v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society (Health law, Wills, estates and trusts law; B.C.S.C.; February 3, 2014) -- Petition by family for withdrawal of provision of nourishment in accordance with previously expressed wishes denied.

Green v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Civil litigation, Securities regulation; Ont. C.A.; February 3, 2014) -- Timminco was overturned based on intent and objective of statutory action and s. 28.

Yuan v. Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (Health law, Professional responsibility; Ont. Div. Ct.; January 31, 2014) -- No breach of ss. 7 or 15 Charter rights was established, as there was no right to practice traditional Chinese medicine unfettered by regulatory rules, and imposition of language and exam requirements was not discriminatory.

R. v. Felger (Criminal law; B.C.C.A.; January 29, 2014) - - Store sign prohibiting police entry did not create privacy rights.

Turner v. Bell Mobility Inc. (Civil litigation, Conflict of laws, Media and communications law; Alta. Q.B.; January 24, 2014) -- Application by SaskTel to dismiss proposed Alberta class action, as against it, for want of jurisdiction dismissed.

Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux c. Québec (Procureur général) (Droit constitutionnel, droits et libertés de la personne, rapports collectifs de travail; QCCS; 22 janvier 2014) -- Des articles de la Loi de 2009 modifiant la Loi sur l'équité salariale sont déclarés invalides par la Cour supérieure. -- Québec Superior Court declares sections of the 2009 Act to amend the Pay Equity Act invalid.

R. c. Lee (Droit criminel; QCCQ; 23 janvier 2014)   -- Lee est condamnée à une peine de 10 mois d'emprisonnement pour avoir subtilisé plus de 30 000 $ à une femme âgée en perte d'autonomie. -- Lee was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment for defrauding an elderly woman of over $30,000.

I.L. c. Fotohinia (Responsabilité civile; QCCS; 21 janvier 2014) -- Une femme agressée sexuellement au cours d'une entrevue d'embauche obtient des dommages de plus de 55 000 $ pour le préjudice subi. -- A woman who was sexually assaulted during a job interview was awarded over $55,000 in damages.

Kennedy v. Coe (Tort law; B.C.S.C.; January 27, 2014)   -- No duty of care existed from ski buddy relationship due to absence of sufficient proximity.

British Columbia Teachers' Federation v. British Columbia (Constitutional law, Education law, Labour law; B.C.S.C.; January 27, 2014) -- Impugned provisions were struck down for substantially interfering with teachers' s. 2(d) Charter rights and Federation awarded damages of $2 million.

Bélanger c. Commission des libérations conditionnelles du Canada (Droit criminel, droit constitutionnel; QCCS; 9 janvier 2014) -- La Cour supérieure du Québec déclare inconstitutionnel l'art. 10(1) de la Loi sur l'abolition de la libération anticipée des criminels. -- The Québec Superior Court finds s. 10(1) of the Abolition of Early Parole Act unconstitutional.

Parent c. R. (Criminal Law; QCCS; January 23, 2014)   -- The recordings of a confidential interview held in 2007 with Magnotta as part of a large-scale academic study are privileged. -- L'enregistrement d'une entrevue confidentielle menée en 2007 auprès de Magnotta dans le cadre d'une importante recherche académique fait l'objet d'un privilège.

Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (Constitutional law, Criminal law, Government law, Legal profession, Professional responsibility, Tort law; B.C.C.A.; January 21, 2014) -- Motion judge erred in permitting amendment alleging Crown acted in marked departure from reasonable expected standards.

Trans Union of Canada Inc. v. Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority of British Columbia (c.o.b Consumer Protection BC) (Commercial law; B.C.S.C.; January 17, 2014) -- Compliance order requiring petitioner to stop disclosing credit inquiries by collection agents respecting debts older than six years upheld.