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Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General), [2015] 2 SCR 214, 2015 SCC 24 (CanLII)

Case Link: Henry v. British Columbia, 2015 SCC 24

The Supreme Court of Canada held that a man wrongfully imprisoned for decades could sue the crown for damages.  Sean Dewart and Tim Gleason appeared for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

Toronto Police Disgraced Themselves with Jackboot tactics at G20

Headline: Senior police officer found guilty of three charges in G20 disciplinary hearing
Outlet: Global TV News
Release Date: 2015-08-25

Adrienne Lei represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and three citizens who were rounded up and detained arbitrarily at Queen St. and Spadina Ave. during the G20 five years ago.

Bell Canada cancels massive unpaid-internship program

Headline: Bell Canada cancels massive unpaid-internship program
Outlet: The Star
Release Date: 2014-08-12

“If Bell has decided to pay people for their work, this is a positive development. Not just for Ms. Patel, but for all of Bell’s employees.”

Penner v. Niagara (Regional Police Services Board), Supreme Court of Canada

Decision Date: 2013-04-05
Case Link: Penner v. Niagara, 2013 SCC 19

Tim Gleason and Sean Dewart represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in this appeal concerning the application of issue estoppel arising from a complaint under the Police Services Act.

Vancouver (City) v. Ward, 2010 SCC 27, [2010] 2 S.C.R. 28

Decision Date: 2010-07-23
Case Link: Vancouver (City) v. Ward, 2010 SCC 27, [2010] 2 S.C.R. 28

Ward v. Vancouver, the Supreme Court of Canada held that damages are available as a remedy for a breach of Charter rights.

Miazga v. Kvello Estate

Decision Date: 2009-11-06
Case Link: Miazga v. Kvello Estate, 2009 SCC 51, [2009] 3 S.C.R. 339

In Miazga v. Kvello Estate, 2009 SCC 51 the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the scope of potential tort liability of crown prosecutors.

Hill v. Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police Services Board

Decision Date: 2007-10-04
Case Link: Hill v. Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police Services Board, 2007 SCC 41, [2007] 3 S.C.R. 129

The Supreme Court of Canada held that people who are wrongly charged with a crime can sue the police for negligent investigations.

Odhavji Estate v. Woodhouse, 2003 SCC 69, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 263

Decision Date: 2005-12-12
Case Link: Odhavji Estate v. Woodhouse, 2003 SCC 69, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 263

Negligence — Duty of care — Victim killed by police — Police officers involved in shooting not complying with statutory duty to cooperate with SIU investigation — Plaintiffs bringing actions in negligence against chief of police, police services board and province — Whether they owed plaintiffs duty to take reasonable care to ensure that police officers cooperated with investigation.

Payne v. Wilson, 2002

Decision Date: 2002-04-07
Case Link: Payne v. Wilson, 2002 CanLII 45002 (ON C.A.)

In Payne v. Wilson, 2002 CanLII 45002 the Court blocked the Mike Harris government’s plan to privatize Ontario Hydro.