Wednesday: What’s Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about.

For this last week:

  1. Cheetham v. TD Life Insurance Company 2013 ONSC 4892

    [1] This action arose as a result of a denial of the payment of life insurance on a line of credit with TD Canada Trust. The plaintiff claims $97,500 on account of a contract of life insurance on the life of her late common-law husband John Foreman. The $97,500 is money owing on a line of credit in both the plaintiff’s and the late John Foreman’s name.

    [2] The claim was denied on the basis that the application for credit line life insurance completed on November 1, 2005, contained answers to health questions that misrepresented the true state of John Foreman’s health. The defendants also take the position that the misrepresentations were material and that the application for life insurance would have been rejected had the application been properly completed.

  2. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board 2013 HRTO 440

    [1] This is an Application made under s. 53(5) of the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, as amended (the “Code”), dated May 18, 2009. The underlying complaint was filed with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) on November 24, 2004.

    [2] In a prior decision, 2012 HRTO 350 (CanLII), 2012 HRTO 350 (“decision on liability”), I found that the respondent discriminated against the applicant because of disability contrary to ss. 5 and 9 of the Code, by failing to accommodate the applicant’s disability-related needs from April 2003 and then by terminating her employment on July 9, 2004.

  3. R. v. McRae 2013 SCC 68

    [1] This appeal provides an opportunity to consolidate and clarify the elements of the offence of uttering threats. In particular, it raises two issues:

    (1) In order for the offence to be made out, is it necessary to prove that the threats were conveyed to their subjects and/or that the accused intended that they be so conveyed?

    (2) If the trial judge erred in this respect, has the Crown discharged its burden to have the acquittals entered at trial set aside?

    [2] We conclude that the offence does not require proof that the accused’s threats were conveyed to their subject or that someone was actually intimidated by them. Further, the Crown need not establish that the accused intended that the threats be conveyed to their subject or to intimidate anyone. In our view, and with respect to the contrary opinion of the Court of Appeal, the trial judge made legal errors in his analysis of the offence and the Crown has met its burden of showing that these errors might reasonably be thought to have had a material bearing on his decision to acquit. We would, therefore, allow the appeal and order a new trial.

The most-consulted French-language decision was Collège des médecins du Québec c Perreault 2013 CanLII 78061 (QC CDCM)

[1] Le Conseil de discipline du Collège des médecins du Québec a siégé à Montréal pour entendre et disposer d’une plainte amendée qui est ainsi libellée :

« En négligeant d’assurer une prise en charge et un suivi postopératoires adéquats chez son patient qui a présenté entre autres des problèmes de nausées, de vomissements et d’hallucinations au cours de la période du 3 novembre 2009 jusqu’à son décès, le 9 novembre 2009, notamment en faisant défaut de recueillir toutes les informations pertinentes, omettant particulièrement de consulter les notes des infirmières au dossier hospitalier, de procéder aux investigations et aux suivis requis quant à l’hydratation, la volémie, les électrolytes et la créatinine du patient, de s’assurer rapidement que son patient ne reçoive plus d’alimentation per os (NPO), de procéder à l’installation d’un tube naso-gastrique (tube de Levine) […], négligeant ainsi de reconnaître l’évolution postopératoire défavorable chez son patient et d’identifier et/ou de prévenir ou de traiter adéquatement les complications post-chirurgicales, contrairement aux articles […] et 47 du Code de déontologie des médecins, et contrairement à l’article […] du Code des professions;

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