What’s Hot on CanLII This Week

Here are the three most-consulted English-language cases on CanLII for the week of June 15 – 22.

1. Musselman et al v. 875667 Ontario Inc. et al 2010 ONSC 3177

[2] Toward the end of the meal, Gloria Musselman left the table to attend the ladies washroom. Washrooms were located at the basement level one floor below the dining room. To gain access to the washroom, Ms. Musselman was required to descend a series of steps comprised of eight risers. She then had to turn ninety degrees to her right and descend two further risers to reach the basement floor. She apparently did so without event. The evidence is clear that after using the washroom, she then began to ascend the stairs to return to the dining room. At some point in ascending the upper series of steps (comprised of eight risers) she lost her balance and fell backwards, coming to rest on the landing, which was as noted above, located two risers above the basement floor.

2. Ault v. Canada (Attorney General) 2008 CanLII 86923 (ON SC) [The decision is more than 1300 paragraphs in length.]

[4] The Plaintiffs are suing the federal government for damages for negligent misrepresentation arising from the government’s failure to advise them of the significant, identifiable risks they were facing by resigning from the public service to join Loba – risks that related to the government’s assessment of the legitimacy of the Loba arrangements. . . .

3. R. v. Alviar 2012 BCPC 181 [The case was frequently visited likely because of its connection to the Vancouver riots; and because the Provincial Court of BC makes CanLII decisions available on its website via an iframe.]

[1] The accused, Emmanuel Alviar, pleaded guilty to taking part in a riot contrary to s. 65 of the Criminal Code of Canada. A sentencing hearing was held on May 3rd, 2012, and the matter was adjourned for sentencing.

[2] In determining Mr. Alviar’s sentence this court has considered counsel’s submissions, the relevant case law, the applicable statutes, and all materials that were filed.

The most-consulted French-language decision was Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (FNC-CSN) c Société Radio-Canada 2011 CanLII 55817 (QC SAT)

En 1997, la caisse de retraite de Radio-Canada a connu un excédent de plus de deux cents millions de dollars. Le syndicat conteste la décision de l’employeur de s’être octroyé une période d’exonération de cotisations à cette caisse d’une durée de deux ans et d’avoir également décidé de réduire les cotisations du personnel actif pour les années 1997 et 1998. Le syndicat allègue essentiellement que la convention collective alors en vigueur obligeait l’employeur de consulter le syndicat avant d’adopter de telles mesures; ce qui n’aurait pas été fait. Telle est la principale question qui est au centre du présent litige.

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