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Viewpoint 42-4: Understanding Parole: Paul Bernardo Eligible for Full Parole in February 2018

February 2018 marks 25 years since the arrest of Paul Bernardo for the rapes and murders of two young women in Ontario.  Following one of the longest and most highly publicized criminal trials in Canadian history, he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and given the automatic and mandatory sentence required by […]

Authors:

Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, NWT.
 

BenchPress – Vol 42-4

SCC Stomping on Sexual Assault Myths Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) dismissed an appeal from the Alberta Court of Appeal (“ABCA”). The ABCA had overturned an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench trial decision in a case of sexual assault. In this case, a man was acquitted of sexual assault against his stepdaughter. The […]

Authors:

Aaida Peerani
Aaida Peerani is Staff Lawyer and Editor for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

BenchPress – Vol 42-3

Privacy of Text Messages In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that text messages are protected against unreasonable search or seizure under the Charter.  If a person has a subjective reasonable belief that a text message they send to another person will remain private, then the state cannot obtain that information […]

Authors:

Aaida Peerani
Aaida Peerani is Staff Lawyer and Editor for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Viewpoint 42-3: Tradition Triumphs: A New Guard for Canada’s Supreme Court

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada hinted that it would be making an “announcement of interest” later that afternoon. What could it possibly be, many of us legal beagles wondered. Was it an unexpected judicial retirement? Could it be that the Chief Justice of Canada herself was retiring? Amid the predictions among […]

Authors:

Tasneem Karbani
Tasneem Karbani is the Education and Communications Coordinator with the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
 

Viewpoint 42-2: Elected Municipal Officials Must Be Careful About Conflicts of Interest

Introduction At the time we are writing this, the province of Alberta is in election campaign mode for all of its municipal leaders known as mayors, councilors and reeves.  At the same time, the federal Minister of Finance is under the ethical spotlight for how he continues to hold his personal wealth while legislating in […]

Authors:

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

Kyle Meema
Kyle Meema is a law instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).
 


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