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29 Nov

City Councillor gets burned for municipal conflict of interest over a matter involving a fire

Monday, November 29, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationPolitical Law, Conflict of Interest, Removal from office

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Municipal councillors and local board members are obligated to avoid participating in matters where their economic self-interest may be in conflict with... 

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15 Oct

Incorrect Counting of Unused Ballots Results in Judicial Recount

Friday, October 15, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationPolitical Law, Election Law , Recounts

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An election is not officially over until all of the ballots are counted and the results are certified by the Chief Electoral Officer. This includes the...

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13 Jul

Wrong for City Councillor to have entered residential properties without permission

Tuesday, July 13, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationPolitical Law, Integrity Complaints, City Councillors

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Politicians occupy an important position in our democracy. They are elected to represent all individuals and to make well-reasoned decisions that, among other things, steer and guide the economy, impose necessary limits on behaviour and put into place a social safety net that...

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15 Jun

Integrity Commissioner’s ruling against Councillor upheld, but Council cannot unreasonably restrain his ability to communicate with constituents

Tuesday, June 15, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationPolitical Law, Municipal Code of conduct for members, Scope

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In general, politicians at all levels of government in Canada are required to either adhere to a Code of Conduct or are subject to integrity legislation. These Codes or statutory provisions are designed to...

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26 Mar

Federal Conservative Party Member Wins Pyrrhic Court Victory: Loses in Party Election

Friday, March 26, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationContract Law, Political Law, Contractual Rights, Political Parties, Membership

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I preface this political law blog with the full disclosure that although I am involved in party politics, I am not a member of any federal political party in Canada...

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15 Mar

A Victory for Freedom of Speech

Monday, March 15, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationFreedom of Expression, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Political Law

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The framers of the U.S. Constitution wrote that government “shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” Although these words were written in the context of... 

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28 Jan

Defamation action against Ontario Premier dismissed under Courts of Justice Act

Thursday, January 28, 2021Stephen A. Thiele, Gavin J. Tighe, Rojin JazayeriLitigationDefamation, Police Services Act, Members’ Integrity Act, Courts of Justice Act, Political Law

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Early last year, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, in a highly sensationalized lawsuit was sued for defamation by a former Deputy Commissioner and... 

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27 Jan

Patrick Brown takes down insurance company

Wednesday, January 27, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationDefamation, Political Law, Insurance Law

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An issue that sometimes arises in defamation actions is whether the costs of a prosecution or a defence is covered by an insurance...

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25 Jan

Defamation suit surrounding BC’s foreign buyer tax is dismissed

Monday, January 25, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationDefamation, Defences, Political Law, Torts

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The law of defamation is fascinating because the fact scenarios of each case are unique. Where matters of public interest are involved, people are prone to express opinions about the...

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15 Jan

President of Queen’s Privy Council for Canada to be an “adverse witness” in potato farmer’s case

Friday, January 15, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationEvidence, Witnesses, Political Law, Adverse Witness

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The examination of witnesses at a trial is governed by certain basic rules. For a witness who is being questioned by the side for which that person is a...

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8 Jan

Former Agriculture Minister Not Required to Testify

Friday, January 8, 2021Stephen A. ThieleLitigationCivil Litigation, Evidence, Witnesses, Political Law, Interprovincial Summonses Act

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Despite courts moving to electronic hearings whereby theoretically a witness could appear virtually from anywhere...

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