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. Vernon Professional Firefighters’ Association I.A.F.F. LOCAL 1517 v Corporation of the City of Vernon, 2018 CanLII 111669 (BC LA)

[266] On balance, our assessment of each factor and the interaction among them in this matrix of factors persuades us that this surreptitious surveillance as conducted by the employer was both a necessary collection of employee personal information for an investigation of employee misconduct and to manage the employment relationship and a reasonable exercise of management authority in all of the circumstances. It was narrowly focused surveillance based on a genuinely held suspicion with minimal invasion of employee privacy.

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2. Beaver v. Hill, 2018 ONSC 7138

12. I suggested to the Respondent’s counsel that on a file which is already languishing with too much lawyering and too many interlocutory steps (not to mention various appeals), that it would be more sensible to focus on actually trying to settle this case, rather than bring motions to decide things that don’t need to be decided. I suggested that perhaps the recusal motion would only need to be considered if there was any indication that Justice Sloan was going to be scheduled to preside over a future event. But the Respondent’s counsel insisted that even if it is clear that Justice Sloan will not be presiding over any future events, they still want to proceed with this motion – seeking a court order that he not do something he isn’t going to do anyway.

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3. Moore v. Sweet, 2018 SCC 52

[87] As a final point, it appears to me that the residual considerations that arise at this stage of the Garland analysis favour Michelle, given that her contribution towards the payment of the premiums actually kept the insurance policy alive and made Risa’s entitlement to receive the proceeds upon Lawrence’s death possible. Furthermore, it would be bad policy to ignore the fact that Michelle was effectively tricked by Lawrence into paying the premiums of a policy for the benefit of some other person of his choosing.

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The most-consulted French-language decision was J.M. c. Hôpital Jean-Talon du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, 2018 QCCA 378

[120] Enfin, on ne peut passer sous silence le fait que l’appelant a été maintenu sous garde préventive après l’expiration du délai prévu par l’art. 7 L.p.p. Comme on l’a vu précédemment, à moins qu’une ordonnance en vertu des art. 27 ou 30 C.c.Q. ne soit prononcée avant l’expiration du délai que fixe l’art. 7 L.p.p, l’établissement et les médecins sont tenus de libérer l’individu et ne peuvent prolonger de leur propre chef la garde préventive. Il revenait donc aux intimés, s’ils estimaient que l’état mental de l’appelant le requérait, de faire le nécessaire pour obtenir (et non seulement demander), avant l’expiration dudit délai, l’ordonnance judiciaire que prévoit le troisième alinéa de cette disposition. À défaut, l’appelant devait être libéré au terme de la garde préventive[90]. Rien n’empêchait alors les intimés, s’ils jugeaient que l’appelant était toujours dans un état mental dangereux pour lui-même ou autrui, de faire promptement une demande d’évaluation psychiatrique en vertu de l’art. 27 C.c.Q.

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* As of January 2014 we measure the total amount of time spent on the pages rather than simply the number of hits; as well, a case once mentioned won’t appear again for three months

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