What’s Hot on CanLII This Week

Here are the three most-consulted English-language cases on CanLII for the week of May 22 – 30.

1. R. v. Pelech 2012 ABCA 134

[1] This appeal addresses the proposal that a trial judge needs to have in contemplation the rule in Hodge’s case, when considering evidence of impaired driving.

2. Cinar Corp. v. Robinson 2012 SCC 25

[1] The respondents, Claude Robinson and Les Productions Nilem Inc., are asking this Court to order the applicants to provide security in the amount of $3,250,000 for the amounts they would have to pay should their appeals to this Court be unsuccessful. . . .

3. Wang v. Byford-Harvey 2012 ONSC 3030

[8] The following issues must be decided:

(1) Should there be a separate trial of the issue of liability before the trial on damages?

(2) Should the City be granted leave to bring this motion under Rule 48.04?

The most-consulted French-language decision was, this week, in fact a pair of related cases: Trudeau c. Monty 2003 CanLII 5844 and Commissaire à la déontologie policière c. Trudeau 2000 CanLII 22168. CanLII president, Colin Lachance explains:

Each case deals with disciplinary proceedings concerning a Montreal police officer. This same officer was at the centre of recent events in Montreal and was the subject of a YouTube video said by La Presse to have been viewed over 400 000 times (as of the time the article was written –May 26th). The La Presse article links to the SOQUIJ publication of the top case, but traffic to CanLII’s version mostly originated from Twitter – with over 300 individual tweets linking to the top case. Interestingly, the La Presse article itself was the subject of 444 tweets, so we can only speculate at how many more views the top case received at the SOQUIJ site.

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