The Story of Linda Gibbons

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Every one who, without lawful excuse, disobeys a lawful order made by a court of justice or by a person or body of persons authorized by any Act to make or give the order, other than an order for the payment of money, is, unless a punishment or other mode of proceeding is expressly provided […]

Rasouli: Withdrawal of Medical Treatment

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“… a myriad of important interests, such as the integrity of our health care system, (is) at stake.” – Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, [2013] 3 SCR 341 Introduction In October 2010, Mr. Rasouli underwent surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario to remove a benign brain tumour. Following the procedure, he developed meningitis that […]

Organizations Get Religion: Loyola High School v. Quebec

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Introduction Do organizations and corporations have a constitutionally protected freedom of religion under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The Charter has existed for 34 years and we are still not clear whether non-human entities enjoy religious freedom as they do other freedoms, such as expression. The Supreme Court of Canada last year had […]

Whatever Happened to … Scandalous Criminal Allegations: the Miazga Case

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Introduction Miazga v. Kvello Estate is a tragic, yet fascinating, case which reminds us of the devastating power of criminal prosecution to ruin innocent lives and the near impossibility to hold Crown prosecutors legally accountable when that happens [(2009) 3 SCR 339, 2009 SCC 51 http://canlii.ca/t/26g27]. Facts In 1989, Michael, Michelle and Kathleen Ross (aged […]

Whatever Happened to … Lac Minerals v. International Corona Resources

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Introduction We expect people to show good faith and fairness to each other. Corporate morality, on the other hand, is harder to put into law. Corporations, whose primary purpose is profit maximization, seek any advantage to gain on their competitors. Where does the law draw the line? In 1989, the case of Lac Minerals Ltd. […]

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