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  • Reference re Genetic Non‑Discrimination Act, 2020 SCC 17

    [1]                              Parliament criminalized compulsory genetic testing and the non‑voluntary use or disclosure of genetic test results in the context of a wide range of activities — activities that structure much of our participation in society. This Court must decide whether Parliament could validly use its broad criminal law power to do so.

  • Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller, 2020 SCC 16

    [1]                              In this appeal, the Court determines who has authority to decide whether an Uber driver is or is not an “employee” within the meaning of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (“ESA”): the courts of Ontario or an arbitrator in the Netherlands, as provided for in the contracts of adhesion between Uber and its drivers?

  • Toronto‑Dominion Bank v. Young, 2020 SCC 15

    [1]                              We have carefully read the reasons of our colleague Côté J. In our view, the Court of Appeal’s reasons are complete having regard to the issues, and we are entirely in agreement with them.

  • R. v. Zora, 2020 SCC 14

    [1]                              When individuals are charged with a crime, they are presumed innocent and have the right not to be denied reasonable bail without just cause. Most accused are not held in custody between the date of the charge and the time of trial because the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46  (“Code ”) and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  (“Charter ”) typically...

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie‑Britannique v. British Columbia, 2020 SCC 13

    [1]                              A school is much more than just a place to pass on theoretical and practical knowledge. It is also a setting for socialization where students can converse with one another and develop their potential in their own language and, in using it, familiarize themselves with their culture. That is the spirit in which the right to receive instruction in one of Canada’s...

  • R. v. Li, 2020 SCC 12
  • R. v. Ahmad, 2020 SCC 11

    [1]                              As state actors, police must respect the rights and freedoms of all Canadians and be accountable to the public they serve and protect. At the same time, police require various investigative techniques to enforce the criminal law. While giving wide latitude to police to investigate crime in the public interest, the law also imposes constraints on certain police...

  • 9354-9186 Québec inc. v. Callidus Capital Corp., 2020 SCC 10

    [1]                              These appeals arise in the context of an ongoing proceeding instituted under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-36  (“CCAA ”), in which substantially all of the assets of the debtor companies have been liquidated. The proceeding was commenced well over four years ago. Since then, a single supervising judge has been responsible for its...

  • R. v. Friesen, 2020 SCC 9

    [1]                              Children are the future of our country and our communities. They are also some of the most vulnerable members of our society. They deserve to enjoy a childhood free of sexual violence. Offenders who commit sexual violence against children deny thousands of Canadian children such a childhood every year. This case is about how to impose sentences that fully reflect...

  • R. v. Chung, 2020 SCC 8

    [1]                              Mr. Chung was acquitted of dangerous driving causing death under s.  249(4) [1] of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46  (“Code ”). At trial and on appeal, there was no question that Mr. Chung drove in an objectively dangerous manner and committed the actus reus of the charged offence. However, the trial judge had a reasonable doubt about whether Mr. Chung had...

  • R. v. K.G.K., 2020 SCC 7

    [1]                              Section 11 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  provides that any person charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time. In R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27, [2016] 1 S.C.R. 631, this Court set out a new framework under s. 11 (b) designed to overcome a culture of complacency that had grown in the criminal justice system and was...

  • MacDonald v. Canada, 2020 SCC 6

    [1]                              This appeal deals with what are known as derivative contracts. Whether gains and losses from these contracts are to be characterized as on income account or on capital account depends on whether the contract is considered a hedge or speculation. A hedge is generally a transaction which mitigates risk, while speculation is the taking on of risk with a view to...

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya, 2020 SCC 5

    [1]                              This appeal involves the application of modern international human rights law, the phoenix that rose from the ashes of World War II and declared global war on human rights abuses. Its mandate was to prevent breaches of internationally accepted norms. Those norms were not meant to be theoretical aspirations or legal luxuries, but moral imperatives and legal...

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (Attorney General) v. Uashaunnuat (Innu of Uashat and of Mani‑Utenam), 2020 SCC 4

    [1]                              This appeal raises questions of fundamental importance to the way civil proceedings involving Aboriginal rights are carried out in this country. It has implications for access to justice and the ability of Indigenous peoples to meaningfully assert their constitutional rights in the justice system. A balance must be struck between the different principles at play,...

  • R. v. S.H., 2020 SCC 3
  • R. v. Doonanco, 2020 SCC 2
  • 9354-9186 Québec inc. v. Callidus Capital Corp.,
  • Reference re Environmental Management Act, 2020 SCC 1
  • Canada Post Corp. v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2019 SCC 67

    [1]                              This appeal concerns an application for judicial review of a decision by the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada (“OHSTC”). The administrative decision maker was tasked with interpreting a provision of the Canada Labour Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. L‑2  (“Code ”), to determine whether the employer, Canada Post Corporation (“Canada Post”), complied with its...

  • Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General), 2019 SCC 66

    [1]                              For more than 40 years, the Super Bowl game, which is played in the United States, had been broadcast in Canada in accordance with the “simultaneous substitution” regime, which was set out in various regulations made under the Broadcasting Act, S.C. 1991, c. 11 . As a result, Canadians were prevented from viewing high-profile commercials that were aired in the U.S.

  • R. v. Collin, 2019 SCC 64
  • Canada (Attorney General) v. British Columbia Investment Management Corp., 2019 SCC 63

    [1]                              This appeal and cross-appeal consider when the activities of a provincial Crown corporation may be taxed by the federal government. It requires this Court to evaluate the scope of the intergovernmental immunity from taxation set out in s. 125  of the Constitution Act, 1867 , and whether agreements entered into by two levels of government to pay the equivalent of “t

  • Yared v. Karam, 2019 SCC 62

    [1]                              The appellants, Mr. Ramy and Rody Yared, are the liquidators of the succession of their sister, Ms. Taky Yared, who passed away in April 2015. In July 2016, they sought a declaration in Superior Court that the value of the family residence should be included in the division of the family patrimony. At the time of Ms. Yared’s death, this residence was held under a...

  • International Air Transport Association v. Instrubel, N.V., 2019 SCC 61
  • R. v. Resolute FP Canada Inc., 2019 SCC 60

    [1]                              In 1985, the Province of Ontario granted an indemnity (the “1985 Indemnity”) to Reed Ltd. and Great Lakes Forest Products Limited, both former owners of a pulp and paper mill located in Dryden, Ontario, as well as their successors and assigns, for “any damage, loss, event or circumstances, caused or alleged to be caused by or with respect to, either in whole or in

  • Kosoian v. Société de transport de Montréal, 2019 SCC 59

    [1]                              On an evening in May 2009, the appellant, Bela Kosoian, entered a subway station in order to travel to university. She took the descending escalator. Like many subway users, she did not hold the handrail. She leaned forward and rummaged through her bag. A police officer saw her and ordered her several times to hold the handrail. Ms. Kosoian refused to comply and...

  • Desgagnés Transport Inc. v. Wärtsilä Canada Inc., 2019 SCC 58

    [1]                              This appeal centres on a dispute between a Canadian shipping company located in Quebec, Desgagnés Transport Inc. (“TDI”), and a manufacturer and supplier of marine engines, Wärtsilä Nederland B.V. and its Canadian division, Wärtsilä Canada Inc. (collectively “Wärtsilä”). The action arises out of the failure of engine parts — a new bedplate, a reconditioned...

  • Montréal (Ville) v. Octane Stratégie inc., 2019 SCC 57

    [1]                              This case consolidates two files relating to an unpaid invoice for $82,898.63 for the production of a launch event for the appellant Ville de Montréal (“City”) more than 10 years ago. The issues raised in these appeals go beyond, however, the mere payment of that invoice. The Court is called upon to determine whether the principles of Quebec civil law concerning...

  • R. v. K.J.M., 2019 SCC 55

    [1]                              On April 12, 2015, the appellant, a “young person” under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, S.C. 2002, c. 1  (“YCJA ”), was charged with various offences arising out of a fight in which he stabbed another youth in the face and the back of the head with a box cutter. He maintained his innocence, claiming self-defence. On November 9, 2016, almost 19 months after...

  • R. v. Shlah, 2019 SCC 56
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