Peter Bowal

About Peter Bowal

Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Murdoch v. Murdoch

[I did] “haying, raking, swathing, moving, driving trucks and tractors and teams, quietening horses, taking cattle back and forth to the reserve, dehorning, vaccinating, branding, anything that was to be done.  I worked outside with him, just as a man would…” Irene Murdoch’s evidence Introduction Murdoch v. Murdoch is a 1973 Supreme Court of Canada […]

No Time Limitations on Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Introduction Many readers will recall the recent Bill Cosby trial for sexual assault.  The crime was allegedly committed in 2004, the criminal charge was laid on December 30, 2015 and the trial occurred in June 2017.  It ended in a mistrial because the jury did not return a unanimous verdict.  The prosecutor promises another trial. […]

Dozens of Legal Reasonables

The test is whether a reasonably informed bystander could reasonably perceive bias on the part of an adjudicator. Nicholson v. Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police Commissioners, (Supreme Court of Canada, 1979, p. 325) http://canlii.ca/t/1mkvl Introduction If all the considerable bend in the Canadian legal system was to be reduced to one word, that single word would be […]

Syncrude Ducks Produce Creative Sentence

Introduction Syncrude Canada Ltd, formed as a joint venture, is currently one of the earliest and largest producers of crude oil from Canada’s oil sands. The consortium was initially formed in 1964 to mine oil from the Athabasca oil sands.  It operates a large oil sand mine, utilities plant, bitumen extraction plant and upgrading facility […]

Money for Nothing: International Longshore v. Ford

Introduction Recently, the Government of Alberta clawed back money it had paid to individuals on the basis of mistake.  The government determined that these individuals had been ineligible to receive the money.  This story attracted attention because the government was demanding the return of money from people who had passed away. The story raised the […]


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