Nov 2, 2017: CTV Power Play – Ktunaxa

Tweet Here’s an interview I did following the Supreme Court’s extremely interesting decision in Ktunaxa.  The case involved a dispute around the construction of a ski resort in British Columbia, on land claimed as the home of a spiritual entity – GrizzlyBear – revered by the Ktunaxa people.  The Court unanimously upheld the Minister’s decision ...

October 23, 2017: more on that Quebec face covering law

Tweet Well, I did promise that I would have more to say about Bill 62, the law recently passed by Quebec than bans niqabs, veils and, um, sunglasses. First, a piece written for Policy Options. Second, an interview with Don Martin of CTV Power Play. There has been lots of talk about whether the Prime Minister ...

CPAC: Pillars of Democracy October 16, 2017

Tweet A panel discussion on the totally manageable, not-at-all unwieldy topic of “THE JUSTICE SYSTEM”. Fun, though. Link

CTV Powerplay Interview on 2017 Fall SCC Term

Tweet Here’s a recent interview with Don Martin of CTV Power Play about the upcoming fall term at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Which includes some barnburner cases on freedom of religion, criminal law and….beer!  Not to mention the pesky task of appointing both a puisne judge, and a new Chief Justice.  Good times. Link ...

“Defining Canada by Its Constitution” – Article in Policy Magazine for Canada 150

Tweet Here’s an article I wrote for a special issue of Policy Magazine celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Link

CBC Ottawa Morning: Judges and Personality Aug 24 2017

Tweet The day after Donald Trump won the election, a Hamilton area judge strolled into the courtroom with a by-then iconic “Make America Great Again” hat on his head.  Bernd Zabel ultimately apologized, but that wasn’t enough to stop dozens of complaints about him being filed with the Ontario Judicial Council. On August 23, the ...

June 16: The continuing saga of trial delays – R v Cody

Tweet On June 16th the Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Charter right to trial within a reasonable time.  This has been a white-hot issue in Canada since the Court’s July 2016 ruling in  R. v. Jordan,  where a starkly divided panel decided to institute numerical caps on trial proceedings, following which any further ...