The StatsCan Controversy

  • November 16, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

On October 26, 2018, Andrew Russell and David Akin of Global News broke the story that Statistics Canada planned to collect the banking data of half a million Canadians without their knowledge and consent. The data seizure would include bill…

Compelled Password Production

  • October 30, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

Can the state compel a person to provide the password for a locked device? A recent opinion of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Florida indicates that the law in the United States and Canada could be moving in…

Spider-Man’s Cell Phone

  • October 14, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

“It was incredibly fast,” Cst Mike Laporte told jurors at the trial of Shawn Vassel for gunning down Husam Degheim in a movie theatre parking lot in Mississauga, Ontario. Cst Laporte was describing Vassel’s attempt to elude the police by…

Sentencing Dial-A-Dopers In Alberta

  • September 28, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

For over thirty-five years the guideline sentence in Alberta for drug trafficking has been three years imprisonment. Speaking for a unanimous panel of the Alberta Court of Appeal in R v Maskell, 1981 ABCA 50 Justice Arnold F. Moir held,…

British Spy Agency Violated Human Rights

  • September 14, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

On September 13, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) released the judgment in Big Brother Watch and Others v The United Kingdom (Applications nos. 58170/13, 62322/14 and 24960/15). The case concerned the bulk interception of electronic communications by…

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