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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Little Legal Summaries 2. First Reference 3. Meurrens on Immigration 4. McElroy Law Blog 5. BC Provincial Court eNews

Little Legal Summaries
Feb 3 R v Huerta, 2020 ONCA 59.

Mr. Humberto Dapena Huerta faced an eight count indictment arising from six incidents, involving six complainants. The central issue at trial was the identity of the perpetrator. Mr. Huerta was convicted by a jury of one count of criminal harassment of NF, one count of sexual assault of JC, and one court of sexual interference and one court of sexual assault of JA. He was acquitted on four other counts related to three other complainants. …

First Reference
Full and final: Human rights application successfully barred by signed release

As most employers are well aware, a former employee can pursue a claim against their employer up to two years after the end of the employment relationship. That is quite a long time to “wait and see” if a problem might develop. As a result, it is not uncommon for employers to attempt to obtain closure and finality by offering some additional compensation to an employee at the end of the employment relationship in exchange for a full and final release. …

Meurrens on Immigration
Inadmissibility for Acts of Violence that Would or Might Endanger the Lives or Safety of Persons in Canada

People who immigrate to Canada are typically aware that if they are convicted of certain criminal offences that they could lose their permanent resident status. When immigrants are charged with criminal offences, immigration lawyers and criminal defense counsel will accordingly often work together to do their best to ensure that those charged do not lead to deportations. …

McElroy Law Blog
Let’s Talk about Phones in Ontario’s Jails

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual campaign to raise awareness and funds for mental health services in Canada. If you follow any criminal lawyers on social media, you’ll see that there is a lot of skepticism for the campaign, given Bell’s involvement with the phone contract with provincial jails while costs restricts inmates from contacting family and friends, through cost and limits to land-lines. …

BC Provincial Court eNews
Court offers stock photos for media use!

Journalists attending our regional Media Workshops have asked for stock photos of courtrooms. Tweets responding to a suggestion that Canadian media avoid photos of gavels (since Canadian judges don’t use them) complained about the lack of alternative images. It’s clear that finding photos to illustrate media reports on court proceedings is a challenge. …

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