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Moving Towards Substantive Equality in Sentencing: R v Morris

by: Bailey Fox Introduction In R v Morris, 2021 ONCA 680, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) considered the impact and role of anti-Black racism in sentencing. The Asper Centre intervened in the appeal, specifically on the issue of whether an offender is required to prove a causal link between systemic racism and the offence. … Read More

Constitutional Roundtable on City of Toronto et al v Ontario

by: Bailey Fox On Tuesday November 9, 2021 the Asper Centre hosted a constitutional roundtable panel on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in City of Toronto et al v Ontario, 2021 SCC 34. The Asper Centre intervened in the appeal at both the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) and the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). … Read More

The Positives of Campaigning: City of Toronto and Freedom of Expression at the Supreme Court

by Bailey Fox Introduction On October 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in Toronto (City) v Ontario (Attorney General), 2021 SCC 34 [City of Toronto]. In the 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the legislation that reduced the size of Toronto City Council during an ongoing municipal election did … Read More

R v Chouhan: The Supreme Court of Canada finds room for disagreement

  By Wei Yang On June 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its reasons for judgement in R v Chouhan,1 a case that the Asper Centre intervened in last year. Background Mr Chouhan was charged with first-degree murder and was thus entitled to a trial by jury. His trial date was scheduled for … Read More

Meet Jonathan Rudin, the Asper Centre’s New Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence

  By Leila Far Soares  Jonathan Rudin, program director at Aboriginal Legal Services and experienced litigator, will be co-teaching the Asper Centre’s Clinic course as the new Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence for Fall 2021. Mr. Rudin has written widely and spoken passionately on the topic of aboriginal justice and has advocated countless cases before all-levels of Canadian … Read More