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What’s Hot on CanLII This Week

Here are the three most-consulted English-language cases on CanLII for the week of October 16 – 22.

1. R. v. Cole 2012 SCC 53

[2] Computers that are reasonably used for personal purposes — whether found in the workplace or the home — contain information that is meaningful, intimate, and touching on the user’s biographical core. Vis-à-vis the state, everyone in Canada is constitutionally entitled to expect privacy in personal information of this kind.

2. Meads v. Meads 2012 ABQB 571

[1] This Court has developed a new awareness and understanding of a category of vexatious litigant. As we shall see, while there is often a lack of homogeneity, and some individuals or groups have no name or special identity, they (by their own admission or by descriptions given by others) often fall into the following descriptions: Detaxers; Freemen or Freemen-on-the-Land; Sovereign Men or Sovereign Citizens; Church of the Ecumenical Redemption International (CERI); Moorish Law; and other labels . . .

3. Southcott Estates Inc. v. Toronto Catholic District School Board 2012 SCC 51

[1] Real estate developers frequently create single-purpose corporations for the sole purpose of purchasing and developing properties for profit. The corporation has limited liability and no assets other than those that arise from the particular real estate investment. The issue raised in this appeal is whether such a single-purpose corporation is excused from mitigating its losses when the vendor breaches the agreement of purchase and sale, and particularly when it has promptly brought an action for specific performance. The further issue is whether the trial judge erred in his finding that there were no other “comparable” properties available to mitigate the loss.

The most-consulted French-language decision was R. c. Cole 2012 CSC 53

[2] Les ordinateurs qui sont utilisés d’une manière raisonnable à des fins personnelles — qu’ils se trouvent au travail ou à la maison — contiennent des renseignements qui sont significatifs, intimes et qui ont trait à l’ensemble des renseignements biographiques de l’utilisateur. Au Canada, la Constitution accorde à chaque personne le droit de s’attendre à ce que l’État respecte sa vie privée à l’égard des renseignements personnels de ce genre.

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