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Offence of “Hit and Run” (10mins)

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In this video blog I explore a recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and its findings on section 252 – the “hit and run” section of the Criminal Code. This blog ultimately implores the federal government to reform the Code, as this section is just one of many suffering from some troublesome drafting. If you enjoyed this …

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Anita Krajnc Trial – Part 2: The Definition of Mischief (10mins)

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In this video blog, which follows up on my lengthier analysis of the charges against activist Anita Krajnc, who gave water to a pig in transport, I assess whether the particularized charge against her – interfering with the enjoyment of the pig – can be established. If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour and share!TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTumblremail

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R vs Alsager: Working Through Mens Rea Issues (15mins)

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In this video blog, I examine the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in R v Alsager, 2016 SKCA 91. The decision raises a number of interesting mens era issues (issues concerning the mental elements of offences) and is a useful judgment to show how confusing some of these can be to consider! If you enjoyed this post, do …

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JR: Myths, Stereotypes and Sexual Assault (20mins)

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In this video blog, I examine the recent decision of R v JR, 2016 ABQB 414, a decision that got considerable media coverage. The judgment of Topolniski J. overturns an acquittal from the Alberta Provincial Court, and in the process, explores key issues in the law of sexual assault, including how a complainant’s credibility should be assessed, what constitutes consent, …

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R vs DLW and the Crime of Bestiality (15mins)

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This video looks at the Supreme Court’s recent decision in R v DLW, released in June 2016, which defined the offence of bestiality. In the blog, I spend the first half addressed the Court’s interpretative approach to criminal law statutes.  In the second, I explain why I think the case is so positive for animal advocates. If you enjoyed this …

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Carter, The Assisted Dying Bill and Constitutional Remedies (15mins)

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In this video blog, I explain the impact of the Carter v Canada decision, which struck down the assisted suicide provision of the Criminal Code, but did so in an unusual way. The federal government is trying to enact legislation with an eye on June 6, when the SCC’s decision to “suspend” the declaration of invalidity expires.  What happens if …

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Bill C-246: Amendments to Canada’s Cruelty to Animals Provision (35mins)

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In this video blog, I address some recent critique of Bill C-246, which aims to amend the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code. The critique was written by Robert Sopuck, MP. In this video blog, I explain why the majority of criticisms don’t actually hold up to critical examination. In fact, many of them are downright preposterous. If you …

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Animals as Property in Criminal Cases – Part 2 (11mins)

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In a follow-up to yesterday’s video blog, I concentrate on the Ontario legislation that is at the heart of the decision to euthanize 21 dogs seized in a dog fighting ring.  Long story short: the law puts humane societies in a tough spot. We need better laws to make seizure a more palatable proposition, and allow the interests of animals …

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Animals as Property in the Criminal Process (10mins)

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In a recent case out of Ontario, the OSPCA has seized 23 dogs from a dog fighting ring and is now seeking a judicial order trying to have them all euthanized. Why would the OSPCA do this, especially when a number of dog rescue organizations have come forward volunteering to take the dogs and place them in homes outside of …

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