Bench Press – Vol 40-3 Autism, Homeopathy and Custody

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Two small boys with severe and profound autism spectrum disorder were at the centre of a custody dispute between their parents. The children have seen a myriad of medical and health care professionals. The father began giving the boys a series of homeopathic treatments after consulting with homeopathic practitioners. In addition, he took the children […]

Bench Press – Vol 40-2

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Talking to Siri The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has upheld a ruling by a provincial court judge about the definition of “using” a cellphone. Dr. Ajirogho Ikede is a medical officer in the Canadian Forces. A policeman observed him driving his car while holding his cellphone in his hand. He was charged under the Nova […]

Bhasin v Hrynew – An Innovative Expansion of the Common Law Doctrine of Good Faith

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The creation of “a general duty of honesty in contractual performance” by the Supreme Court of Canada in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 [Bhasin SCC] simply recognizes that “parties must not lie or otherwise knowingly mislead each other about matters directly linked to the performance of the contract” (para 73). The highest court in […]

Bench Press 39-5: Private Use Doesn’t Apply

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Two Edmonton men were acquitted of offences of making and possessing child pornography because the trial judge accepted that the material, involving two runaway teenage girls, was made for the men’s private use. The Supreme Court of Canada ordered new trials for the men, ruling that s. 153 of the Criminal Code, which makes sexual […]

Bench Press 39-5: Duress as a Defence to Murder

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For the first time in Canada, an appeal court has upheld the use of duress as a defence to a charge of murder even though the Criminal Code explicitly rules it out.  The Ontario Court of Appeal outlined the factors necessary to support both a statutory and common law defence of duress, for people who […]

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