Category Privacy/Access to Information

Canadian Legal Issues

Bias, Name-Calling, Jailed Tenant: Paralegal-Scope Reported Cases

CanLII and CanLII Connects provide free access to Canadian legal information. Paralegal Scope is among the contributors chosen to add content to CanLII Connects, giving good legal writers significant exposure for their writing skills. These recent cases and summaries are directly related to the paralegal scope of practice:

By-laws, Reality Checks, Defences: New Scope-related Content at CanLII, Connects

CanLII Connects makes it faster and easier for legal professionals and the public to access high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. See Scope’s Publisher Page. Here are some recent cases of direct interest and use to paralegals in Ontario:

SCC’s May Appeals Affect Paralegal Scope Matters

  The Supreme Court of Canada’s list of appeals for May includes several cases that could affect the paralegal scope of practice. Employment, privilege and privacy are among the key principles the court is asked to consider this month:     David M. Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, a statutory body corporate […]

Social Inequality & Failure to Communicate: Toronto Ombud Report

City of Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean says more residents than ever are reporting problems with city staff and services, and the complaints are more serious than in past years. Crean said this morning that “growing social inequity” and basic human rights issues, in such areas as housing, child care and social services, contributes to the […]

Police-shootings Inquest Date Set

Dr. William Lucas, Deputy Chief Coroner for Inquests, has set the date for the inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25, Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, and Michael Eligon, 29. Each died of gunshot wounds sustained when they approached police officers while carrying edged weapons, bewtween 2010 and 2012. Each may have been experiencing the effects […]

Cellphones, privacy and search warrants: recent decisions

Two recent appeals help to clarify privacy expectations with regard to cellphones. A third sounds a warning for workplaces where the lines between work and personal use are blurred. In R. v. TELUS Communications Co., 2013 SCC 16, the Supreme Court found that police need a wire tap warrant, not simply a general warrant, to […]

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