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Archive for March, 2015

Breath Samples at Prom an Unreasonable Search

High school administrators have a challenging burden of ensuring the health and safety of children in their schools. High school students often get into trouble, including using alcohol before they are of the age of majority.

Although the high school prom is supposed to be a memorable occasion, many high school students only recall a haze due to drinking around and surrounding this event. One high school principal sought to use mandatory breathalyzers at his prom, but an Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling by Justice Himel in Simon Gillies et al v. Toronto District School Board found that this . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Summaries Sunday: OnPoint Legal Research

One Sunday each month OnPoint Legal Research provides Slaw with an extended summary of, and counsel’s commentary on, an important case from the British Columbia, Alberta, or Ontario court of appeal.

T.K. v. R.J.H.A., 2015 BCCA 8

Areas of Law: 

Family law; Relocation; Best interests of the child

~A joint custody parent’s reasons for a proposed relocation are relevant to the consideration of whether the move would be in the child’s best interests.~

BACKGROUND: The Appellant, T.K., and the Respondent, R.J.H.A., were married for close to ten years. The marriage broke down when the Appellant insisted the family move . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

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 –Criminal Law – Insurance – Evidence

ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. et al. v. Alberta Utilities Commission 2014 ABCA 397
Administrative Law
Summary: These appeals related to decisions made by the Alberta Utilities Commission in two separate proceedings about legal and consulting costs claimed by the appellants (ATCO Utilities). . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

FAILLITE ET INSOLVABILITÉ: Puisque la cession de biens a été orchestrée par l’actionnaire majoritaire dans le but d’éluder certaines obligations financières qu’il avait envers l’actionnaire minoritaire et que l’état d’insolvabilité de la débitrice a été créé de toutes pièces à cette fin, il est dans l’intérêt de la justice d’annuler . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday