News 1. A few people care that we’re destroying the planet Reporting for the National Observer, Carl Meyer has a look at the debate in Nova Scotia over offshore drilling: “My view is — hey, c’mon, it’s time to bite the bullet, and get away from any utilization of any possible new fossil fuel,” said Bill […]
I’m a panelist at the Media and the Law Conference this morning, and as usual I’m having to spend the last hours before the conference to prep. So this is a short Morning File. News 1. We’ve published the search warrant documents On Tuesday, the Halifax Examiner and Cape Breton Spectator obtained court documents related to […]
“In the Matter of Complaints Against Judge Gregory Lenehan, made pursuant to the Provincial Court Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 238 …” If nothing else, last week’s decision by the review committee looking into allegations of “misogynistic reasoning” and “gender bias” by Nova Scotia Provincial Court Justice Gregory Lenehan inadvertently made a compelling argument for cameras...
Lawyer Ben Perryman walks us through the fight to stop Abdoul Abdi’s deportation. Plus, we discuss why the judge who said “clearly a drunk can consent” was cleared of bias and misconduct, and the fine you could face if you buy pot from the kid next door. (Direct download) (RSS feed) (Subscribe via iTunes)
1. Transit passes “The province and the city are cooperating on a plan that will put transit passes into the hands of 16,800 people with some of the lowest incomes in Halifax,” reports Examiner transportation columnist Erica Butler: The potential deal includes everyone within range of a bus stop receiving income assistance, including those currently […]
In her book Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975, acclaimed University of Ottawa Law professor Constance Backhouse examines (among other topics) the life of Rose Marie Roper, an Indigenous woman from British Columbia. In April 1967, Roper’s nude and brutally beaten body was discovered “lying face down … near a garbage dump,” Backhouse […]
1. Willow Tree “Can we trust the Armoyans to act in the public interest?” asks Stephen Kimber: No. That’s not their job. But it is councillors’ job. Their eagerness last week to say yes to the Armoyan scheme to trade approval of a 25-storey tower for a few affordable housing baubles tells you more than […]
“A reluctant acquittal.” That’s how defence lawyer Luke Craggs characterized a decision by Nova Scotia judge Greg Lenehan last March, when Lenehan found taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi not guilty of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 26-year-old female passenger. Craggs noted that in his written decision, Lenehan admitted he “struggled to understand what this evidence proves.” His...
News 1. The Clown Show I’ve been to the opening of the legislature a few times, but skipped yesterday’s performance because I had too much catching-up to do. A friend, however, went in my stead. I wasn’t expecting them to write anything, but I got the missive below last night… friend doesn’t want their name […]
In the News Myths and stereotypes played a role in cab driver acquittal, says law prof Dalhousie law professor Elaine Craig’s forthcoming Canadian Bar Review paper received national media attention this week, and rightly so. She calls out not just Judge Gregory Lenehan for making specific legal errors, but also the Crown and defence lawyers...