December 19, 2018

(by John Burchill, JD LLM)

On October 25, 2018, the Supreme Court granted leave to appeal Fleming v Ontario, 2018 ONCA 160.

The decision in Fleming should clarify the common law duties of the police to prevent an apprehended breach of the peace left undecided when leave...

June 18, 2018

For those of you who graduated from Robson Hall prior to 2013 and took Anne McGillivray’s Criminal Law class, you may have been fortunate enough to hear from Sergeant Jeff Quail as one of her guest speakers.

At the time Jeff was a member of the Winnipeg Police, a cour...

November 28, 2017

Earlier this month Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant and masters student Lindsay Shepherd was censured for showing a video in her class on the pros and cons on whether to use gender neutral pronouns. 1 The university backed down after Shepherd went public w...

May 29, 2017

John Burchill presents a short reflection on his upcoming article, in this short piece (click here to view the pdf).


"[T]he law recognizes that we inherently have to bear the risk of the "tat...

March 15, 2017

Your client is facing trial on a serious offence which, if convicted, could result in a significant penitentiary term. He has told you he is innocent and provided you with a story that, if believed, puts him hundreds of miles from the crime at the relevant time. You do...

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