Privacy in Peril by Jochelson & Ireland -- Book Launch
Where: Wednesday Nov 20 2019 7:00 pm, McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Launch of: Privacy in Peril: Hunter v Southam and the Drift from Reasonable Search Protections (UBC Press).
In 1984, the Supreme Court of Canada, in Hunter v Southam, declared warrantless searches unreasonable under section 8 of the Charter. Police would henceforth require authorization based on “reasonable and probable grounds.” The decision promised to protect individuals from encroaching state power, but as Richard Jochelson and David Ireland argue, post-Hunter search and seizure law took a turn away from the landmark decision. Even as it demonstrates that the core principles of Dickson’s vision for section 8 rights have been diminished in an era of heightened security and expanding police powers, Privacy in Peril suggests that increasing citation of Hunter in the halls of justice offers hope that some protection of civil liberties will endure in the twenty-first century.
Richard Jochelson teaches in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and is the author of several books on police powers and sexual regulation. After articling at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench, he worked at one of Canada’s largest law firms.
David Ireland teaches criminal law and evidence at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and is the director of the Robson Hall Innocence Clinic. He was called to the Manitoba bar in 2011 and has practiced criminal law as both defence counsel and a prosecutor.