Summaries Sunday: Maritime Law Book

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

This week’s summaries concern:
Administrative Law – Civil Rights – Libel and Slander

Dichmont v. Newfoundland and Labrador (Minister of Government Services and Lands) et al. 2015 NLTD(G.) 14
Administrative Law – Civil Rights
Summary: Dichmont, for reasons of her religious convictions, resigned as a marriage commissioner when the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador insisted that same sex marriages had to be performed. She applied to the Human Rights Commission with a complaint of religious discrimination. The Commission dismissed the application without referring it to an adjudication panel for a full hearing. She applied for judicial review. The Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court, Trial Division (General), allowed the application, set …

Caron v. A. et al. 2015 BCCA 47
Libel and Slander
Summary: A. complained to the R.C.M.P. that Caron had raped her. Caron was later exonerated. He sued A., claiming damages for defamation. A. applied for summary judgment on the grounds that it was plain and obvious the defamation claim could not succeed because the statement alleged to be defamatory was protected by absolute privilege and the remainder of the pleadings disclosed no reasonable cause of action. The British Columbia Court of Appeal, in a decision reported at …

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