Monthly Archive: November 2013

The Supreme Court Sends a Clear Message in Katz Group v Ontario that Judges Should Defer to Government Policy

Much of what governments do in Canada is ruled by secondary legislation.  These regulations fill thousands of pages, often dealing with complex technical issues.   Parliament passes statutes with general principles,...

Conservatives Twist Trudeau’s Tweet: Guns, Rights, Judges, and Mandatory Minimums

Further to my bulletin posted here, on November 12, 2013, the Court of Appeal for Ontario (ONCA) has struck down the three-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession of prohibited or...

Rob Ford’s Trial by Media and the Innocents Caught in the Undertow

These days, the pen (or, perhaps, the keyboard) is truly mightier than the sword. Pens shape public perception, and that power endures beyond borders and beyond lifetimes in our digital...