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Veils, Oaths, and Canadian Citizenship: Ishaq v Canada

On February 6, 2015, in the well-publicized decision of Ishaq v Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 FC 156 [Ishaq], the Federal Court ruled that it was unlawful for the Canadian Government to ban new citizens from reciting the citizenship oath with a face-covering veil. Since the decision was released, the Harper Government has […]

Yaiguaje v Chevron Corporation: Enforcing and Recognizing Foreign Judgments in Canada

In Yaiguaje v Chevron Corporation, 2013 ONCA 758 [Yaiguaje], a decision released on December 17, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered the power of Ontario courts to hear actions seeking to enforce and recognize foreign judgments in Ontario. In this context, the court also discussed the appropriateness of staying a proceeding pursuant to section 106 […]

Cutting the Wire but Not the Responsibility – Peracomo Inc v Telus

On November 15, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear Peracomo Inc v Telus (“Peracomo”) a case where the sole officer and directing mind of a fishing company is trying to escape the consequences that stem from his deliberate decision to cut a telephone line cable. This case explicitly deals with Maritime Law. It […]

Amici Curiae: Harper nominates our next SCC Justice, and Ontario Promises to Change the Way its Jails Treat Mentally Ill Women

Harper nominates our next SCC Justice With Justice Morris Fish resigning from the bench on August 31 2013, speculation mounted on who would take his place as the next Supreme Court Justice.  Well everyone, the nomination is in.  On Monday September 30 2013, Prime Minister Harper announced that he has nominated Justice Marc Nadon to […]

An Improved Test For Complicity in War Crimes

The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees has long played a necessary role in ensuring the security of displaced persons around the globe. The Convention also ensures that this important goal is not undermined by excluding from protection individuals who are guilty of committing atrocities. Article 1F(a) of the Convention excludes from […]

R v Punko: Issue Estoppel and the Bridge between Provincial and Federal Criminal Offences

The ability of the Crown to address issues raised generally in previous cases enables the government to effectively fight organized crime. However, the accused is entitled to the application of issue estoppel where the contentious issue has already been resolved in their favour in a prior proceeding. In R v Punko, 2012 SCC 39, the […]

Curactive Organic Skin Care v Ontario: St. Clair West Streetcar Class Action Hits Roadblock

I apologize for the at-times-Toronto-centric nature of this blog, but public transit in Rob Ford’s Hogtown is too contentious an issue to ignore. Though this case stems from the before-Ford era, the issues that it considers are as pressing today as ever. Back in 2003—under the leadership of Mel Lastman, of all people—the City of […]

A Wrong Turn Can Lead to the Right Destination: The SCC Gives the Green Light to Public Interest Litigation Funding in R v Caron

On February 4, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) reasserted its support for interim costs in relation to public interest litigation in R v Caron, 2011 SCC 5. In this case, the SCC had to determine for the first time whether a superior court could grant interim costs in favour of litigants participating in proceedings […]

Target vs. Target? Just One Hitch Between Me and The Dollar Spot

As excitement builds for U.S retailer Target Corp.’s anticipated launch in Canada, one tiny hiccup awaits the company at the border: a trade-marks lawsuit.  Isaac Benitah, who owns Canadian retailers such as Fairweather and International Clothiers, has filed a $250-million lawsuit in the Federal Court against Target Corp. and an injunction preventing the American company […]

Breaking Up Is Not So Hard To Do: The SCC Gets Over Grenier in Canada (AG) v TeleZone Inc

On December 23, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released its long-awaited decision in Canada (Attorney General) v TeleZone Inc, 2010 SCC 62 [Telezone]. This decision finally puts to rest the contentious debate over whether private law actions involving the decisions of federal administrative decision makers must be first adjudicated by way of judicial review in the […]