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MAG must release document, rules court

Alex Robinson - Monday, November 28, 2016

The Divisional Court has ordered the Ministry of the Attorney General to release a set of draft guidelines for prosecuting HIV non-disclosure cases.
An assistant Crown attorney developed the guidelines in the unprecedented 2009 case of Johnson Aziga, an HIV-positive man who was convicted of first-degree murder for failing to disclose his status when he had unprotected sex with two women.

The guidelines were shared throughout the province with Crowns involved in HIV prosecutions and uploaded to their intranet, says Toronto lawyer Marcus McCann, who sought the document as part of a larger Freedom of Information request.

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Inside Story

Monday, November 28, 2016

DALE PONDER AWARDED 2017 AWARD OF DISTINCTION
The Toronto Lawyers Association will give Dale Ponder its 2017 Award of Distinction.

Ponder, who is the chief executive and managing partner of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, first joined the firm in the 1980s as an associate.

She says that while the lack of women in the profession back then presented challenges, she was used to the environment, having grown up playing a lot of sports with male friends.

She started her career as a tax lawyer, but she soon moved into securities law, ascending to become a leading corporate and M&A lawyer. She became chief executive and managing partner of Osler in 2009, but she had already served as a co-managing partner of the firm for years before that.

Ponder says she was very lucky to have mentors in her early years at Osler such as Brian Levitt, Jack Petch and Peter Dey. Under their guidance, she was given the...

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Law Times poll

Law Times reports an Ontario court has ordered the province's Ministry of the Attorney General to release a set of draft guidelines for prosecuting HIV non-disclosure cases. Do you agree with this move?
Yes, it is important for the Crown to be open and transparent about the way it prosecutes these cases, so people understand the application of the law.
No, the Crown does not have to release this information. The ministry has a right to keep this information internal, for use among employees.