Summaries of selected recent cases are provided each week to Slaw by Maritime Law Book. Every Sunday we present a precis of the latest summaries, a fuller version of which can be found on MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries at cases.slaw.ca.
This week’s summaries concern:
Conflict of Laws / Libel and Slander / Criminal Law / Evidence / Civil Rights
Conflict of Laws – Damages – Injunctions – Libel and Slander – Practice
Summary: The plaintiff, a parish priest in Calgary, Alberta, sued for damages for defamation. The defendant, a lawyer in Goa, India, was noted in default. The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench awarded the plaintiff $75,000 for general damages and $50,000 for aggravated damages, granted injunctive relief and ordered the defendant to pay solicitor and client costs . . .
Criminal Law – Evidence – Police
Summary: Two aboriginal offenders (Omeasoo and Okeynan) were charged with minor offences and released from police custody on condition that they abstain from the consumption of alcohol. Each was an alcoholic. Each failed to comply with that condition and was charged with breaching the undertaking (Criminal Code, s. 145(5.1)). In separate summary conviction proceedings, each pled guilty. The Alberta Provincial Court sentenced Omeasoo to one day of imprisonment. Okeynan was sentenced to pay a . . .
Civil Rights – Criminal Law – Statutes
Summary: The accused were charged with a variety of mainly drug offences. In the police investigation leading to the charges, 12 production orders were issued pursuant to s. 487.012 of the Criminal Code. The orders were addressed to three telephone service providers. Each order required the service provider(s) to produce to a named RCMP officer all incoming and outgoing call details (telephone records) and text messages for cellular phones identified in the order, . . .