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Assessing the Bill C-51 challenge

Tali Folkins - Monday, July 27, 2015

The strongest element of a constitutional challenge launched last week against Bill C-51 is its argument against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s new special warrant system, says the chairman of the Ontario Bar Association’s constitutional law section.
By requiring CSIS to get the approval of a court whenever its proposed activities violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms or Canadian law, the bill “proposes a radically new way of dealing with judicial authorization,” says Ranjan Agarwal.

The Supreme Court of Canada, where Agarwal believes the case filed last week will probably end up, is likely to oppose that amendment as it seems bound to burden the courts with Charter-limiting r...


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Monday, July 27, 2015

IMMIGRATION LAWYER CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT
The Toronto Police Service has laid three charges of sexual assault against a Toronto immigration lawyer.

On July 15, police arrested lawyer Richard Odeleye, 60, amid allegations that, on three separate occasions, he had sexually assaulted a 35-year-old woman who had visited his office in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area several times. The woman had retained an immigration lawyer from December 2013 to March 2014, police said in a news release.

None of the allegations have been proven in court, and Odeleye was to appear on the charges on Thursday. In the news release, police said there may be more victims.

LFO FELLOWSHIP AWARDED
The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded a Community Leadership in Justice fellowship to Bruce Campbell of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Campbell, executive director of the think-tank, will use the fellowship to look into the issue of regulatory failure associated with public disasters,...

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Is the constitutional challenge of Bill C-51 likely to succeed?
Yes, it's a bad law.
No, it's defensible in light of current threats
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