R v. Sidhu: Was he Asleep?

“Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted at time of collision with bus, document says” read the headline. It reminds me of a joke my mother, a Saskatchewan resident, tells:   “A small car and a semi collided. The driver of the semi said, ‘It wasn’t my fault.’,   The driver of the car………. had no comment.”   Therein lies the crux of it.  Those involved in semi collisions are invariably unable to communicate their side of the story. In R. v. Sidhu,
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Privacy Rights In Shared Computers

In R. v. Reeves, the Supreme Court of Canada recently considered the extent of a person’s privacy rights in a shared computer.  This was a criminal case that centered on whether the police had properly seized the shared computer. Mr. Reeves shared a home with his common law spouse. Following domestic assault charges against him, a no contact order was issued. It prohibited him from visiting the home without his spouse’s consent. When the spouse contacted Mr. Reeves’ probation officer
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Action, Following Broncos’ Deaths

Many Canadians, myself included, have friends or family members who have died, or been seriously injured, in highway collisions with semis. Yesterday morning, in a provincial court in my home province of Saskatchewan, the driver of the semi that collided with the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus pled guilty to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. It was reported that the driver had no alcohol in his system and was not
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Criminal Code Westray Provisions: R. v. Metron (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we looked at the 1992 Westray mine disaster, and the subsequent amendments to the Criminal Code regarding workplace safety. The intent underlying the Westray provisions was to facilitate prosecuting corporate criminal negligence for workplace disasters. One tragic case in which a conviction occurred under the Westray provisions is  R. v. Metron Construction Corporation. The Facts On Christmas Eve, 2009, a group of construction workers were repairing a 14th floor balcony. Late that afternoon as they completed their shift,
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