Bench Press 39-4: Consent is a Matter of Life and Death

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The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently ruled on a case involving an Alzheimer’s patient and her ability to give consent. It looked at a number of questions that will be raised as Canadians come to grips with the recent Carter decision of the Supreme Court of Canada (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC […]

Bench Press 39-4: The Charter Protects Proms

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Two graduating high school students in Ontario launched a Charter challenge to their school principal’s decision to have a mandatory breathalyser test at their prom. They argued that the mandatory test was a violation of their s. 8 Charter right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. Justice Himel of the Ontario Superior Court […]

Bench Press 39-4: Spoiled Sperm

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The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently upheld a trial judge’s decision that human sperm is property. The case involved a B.C. man who was a representative for a class action of 400 plaintiffs who had stored their sperm with a laboratory at the University of British Columbia prior to undergoing treatment for cancer. The […]

Bench Press 39-4: A Will Against Public Policy

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Law students are taught in Wills and Estates law that a Will can be set aside as being against public policy, but rarely does this possibility become a reality. However, in January, 2015 a Superior Court Justice in Ontario set aside the Will of Emanual Spence for exactly that reason. Rector Spence, a black pastor […]

Call for Contributors! Write for LawNow!

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We are looking for contributors to Volume 40 of LawNow. We welcome the 40th volume of LawNow with some amazement. Our journey from a small in-house newsletter to the sophisticated and engaging online journal that LawNow is today has been both challenging and immensely rewarding.  And, it has only been possible because of our wonderful, […]

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