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June 6, 2017: Can R v Antic “Bail” Out The System? A 150th Birthday Wish

May 26, 2017: The Delicate Balance of Sentencing: The Application of the Totality Principle in Regulatory Offences

May 19, 2017: Episode 49 of the Ideablawg podcasts on the criminal code of canada: “Just Desserts?” The Offence of Assisting a Deserter Under Sections 54 & 56

April 15, 2017: On First Looking At The New Code Amendments

March 21, 2017: Order In the Skyways: A Comment on the Regulation of Drones

January 27, 2017: Some Thoughts On Teaching Evidence?

December 13, 2016: What Is Advocacy?

December 12, 2016: Episode 48 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Mutiny!

October 25, 2016: R v Anthony-Cook and the Community's Sense of Justice

August 15, 2016: episode 47 of the ideablawg podcasts on the criminal code of canada: section 52 - sabotage or there is more to this than a wooden shoe! (Podcast and text)

August 11, 2016: Modernizing Circumstances: Revisiting Circumstantial Evidence in R v Villaroman

July 24, 2016: Episode 46 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 51 – Intimidating Parliament or Legislature

July 15, 2016: The Probative Value of Technological Evidence (Revised with corrigendum)

July 5, 2016: On DLW decision and the Meaning of Modernity

June 13, 2016: Episode 45 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 50 Assisting the Enemy and Failing to Prevent Treason

May 24, 2016: Who Are the “Parents of the Nation”? Thoughts on the Stephan Case and Section 215 of the Criminal Code

April 2, 2016: In Praise of the Passionate Lawyer

March 28, 2016: R v LSM and the “Sanctity” of the Joint Submission: A Case Commentary for ABlawg (http://ablawg.ca)

March 19, 2016: Episode 44 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 49 – Alarming The Queen

February 1, 2016: Episode 43: Section 46 – It’s High Time To Talk About Treason – The Ideablawg Podcast on the Criminal Code of Canada

December 19, 2015: Riesberry: Does It Get Past The Post?

November 20, 2015: Episode 42 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada - Section 45 and Surgical Operations

September 16, 2015: Episode 41 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada - Section 43: The Correction of A Child

August 10, 2015: R v Borowiec On Infanticide: Does the Crime Fit the Time? Case Commentary as posted on ABlawg 

June 23, 2015: Episode 40 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 35 - Defence of Property

June 6, 2015: Episode 39 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 34 - Defence of the Person

May 16, 2015: Thoughts on St-Cloud Or How Everything Old Is New Again

May 5, 2015: Section 33.1 & How Intoxication Became A Form Of Mens Rea: Episode 38 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canda

April 17, 2015: Does the Stinert Decision Signal the End of the Preliminary Inquiry? case commentary is posted on Ablawg 

March 29, 2015:  The Suppression of Riots, Manifestly Unlawful Orders, And The Prevention Of Serious Mischief Under Sections 32 & 33: Episode 37 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

March 20, 2015: Bail Pending Appeal And The Public Interest: The Effect of the Alberta Court of Appeal Decision In Rhyason

March 6, 2015: Episode 36 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Preventing Breach of Peace – Sections 30 and 31

February 13, 2015: Sections 28 and 29 – Executing A Warrant: Episode 35 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

February 8, 2015: A Short Note On The Impact of the SCC Carter Decision On Section 14 of the Criminal Code And On Consenting To Bodily Harm

January 23, 2015: Episode 34 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Sections 27 and 27.1 – The Use of Force in Preventing the Commission of an Offence

January 1, 2015: A Fresh Look At Fearon: How Language Informs the Law

December 18, 2014: My 2014 CLawBie Nomination: CanLii Connects!

December 6, 2014: Episode 33 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 26 - Criminal responsibility for Excess Use of Force

November 8, 2014: A Short Note On Why Behavioural Economics Matters To Criminal Lawyers

November 2014: Is This What's Wrong With Jobidon - The Intersection of Consents In Sexual Assaults and Assaults

October 23, 2014: Sections 25.1 to 25.4 on the Law Enforcement Justification Provisions: Episode 32 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

October 11, 2014: The Assisted Suicide Debate: A Legal Primer

October 9, 2014: Section 25 - Part II: Episode 31 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

September 14, 2014: The Scope of Appellate Review and Reasonable Apprehension Of Bias: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Mian case

September 13, 2014: Section 25 - The Necessary Use of Force Part One: Episode 30 of the Ideablawg Podcast on the Criminal Code of Canada

August 8, 2014: Section 24 - Attempting the Impossible: Episode 29 of the Ideablawg Podcast on the Criminal Code of Canada

July 31, 2014: Lessons from the Hart Case - A long Way From Wray?

July 30, 2014: Section 23.1 - The Limitless Criminal Law: Episode 28 of the Ideabalwg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

July 17, 2014: Section 23 - Accessory As A Mode of Participation: Episode 27 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

June 20, 2014: Sections 22.1 and 22.2 - When Corporations Are Crimnal: Episode 26 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code

June 6, 2014: When Counsellling is a Crime - Section 22: The ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

May 31: The Architetcure of Prisons: The Built Space of Confinement

May 27, 2014: Parties Part 2: Common Intention: The Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

May 19, 2014: Episode 23 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada - Section 21 - Parties and Modes of Participation

April 24, 2014; Section 20 - On Holiday: Episode 22 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

April 14, 2014: Section 19 and Ignorance and the Law: Episode 21 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

April 11, 2014: Let's Be Clear: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Enhanced Credit Cases

April 4, 2014: Section 18 – A Duress Addendum? Episode 20 of the Ideablawg Podcasts On The Criminal Code of Canada

March 22, 2014: Section 17 - The Statutory Defence of Duress

March 18, 2014: Making A Split Decision In the Supreme Court of Canada

March 16, 2014:Ideablawg's Weekly Connections: Inside The Courtroom

March 10, 2014: Episode 18 of the Ideablawg Podcasts - Section 16 of the Criminal Code - the Defence of Mental Disorder

March 8, 2014: Ideablawg Weekly Connections: International Women's Day

February 26, 2014: Episode 17 of the Ideablawg Podcasts - Section 15 of the Criminal Code: De Facto Laws, Criminal Responsibility and War Crimes

February 23, 2014: Ideablawg Weekly Connections: The Olympic Edition

February 22, 2014: When Dissent In The Supreme Court Matters

February 17, 2014: Ideablawg Weekly Connections: Peace and Violence

February 16, 2014: Section 14 of the Criminal Code - Consenting To Death

February 9, 2014: Ideablawg's Weekly Connections: From Pronouncing to Pronouncement

February 7, 2014: Section 13 - Age As A Defence: Episode 15 of the Ideablawg Podcast on the Criminal Code of Canada

February 2, 2014: Ideablawg's Weekly Connections: From Justitia to Tupac

January 31, 2014: Section 12 of the Criminal Code: Anyone Want To Play Jeopardy?

January 26, 2014: Ideablawg Weekly Connections: From Google Glass to Chaucer

January 22, 2014: Section 11 of the Criminal Code - The Parallel Universe of Criminal and Civil Law

January 19, 2014: A Week of Connections! From Fuentes to Chutzpah

January 12, 2014: The Ideablawg Connections Of The Week: From Walter Benjamin to John Rizzo

January 9,2014: Section 10 of the Criminal Code – Revisiting The Common Law Contempt of Court: Episode 12 of the Ideablawg Podcast on the Criminal Code of Canada

December 16: A Long Holiday Read (Or Listen) - Episode 11 of the ideablawg Podcasts On the Criminal Code of Canada: Sections 8 and 9 - Codification vs. Common Law - Is Our Code Big Enough? 

November 29: Episode Ten of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada: The "Passive- Aggressive" Nature of Sections 6(2) and 7

November 16: Episode Nine of the Ideablawg Podcast on The Criminal Code of Canada: Section 6 and the Golden Thread Metaphor

November 16: The Golden Thread Metaphor and Section 6 - The Other Presumption of Innocence

November 10: Episode 8 of the Ideablawg Podcasts on The Crimianl Code of Canada: Section 5 and Military Law

November 4: Poof Into Thin Air! Where Have All The Defences Gone: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Air Of Reality Test

October 26: Sections 4(4) to (7) - The Three "S" Words: Episode Seven of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

October 14: Section 4(3) of the Criminal Code - Possession as an Example of Judge Made Law: Episode Six of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

October 11: The Acquittal In the Audrey Tobias Case: Confusing Intent With Motive

October 8: Section 4 - Of Cabbages and Kings and Stamps!

October 4: Section 3.1 and The Effect of Judicial Acts: Episode Four of the Ideablawg Podcasts on the Criminal Code of Canada

September 30: Text and Podcast - Episode Three of the Ideablawg Podcast on the Canadian Criminal Code: Section 3 "For Your Convenience Only"

September 29: Reasonable Suspicion Part Two: Business As Usual At the Supreme Court of Canada

September 27: The Sniffer Dogs Cases Part One: Don't Throw The Principle Out With The Bath Water

September 23: Episode Two of the Ideablawg Podcast

Septmeber 23: Text of Episode Two Podcast on the Criminal Code: Definitions

September 20: Thoughts On The Intersection of Law and Art

September 16: The First Ideablawg Podcast! Episode One - Section One of the Criminal Code of Canada

September 14, 2013: The Ideablawg Criminal Law trend for 2013-2014: On Sentencing and On Podcasting

July 4, 2013: Calgary's Rough Ride Through Emergency Laws

June 17, 2013: The Goldring Case and The Mens rea of Drinking and Driving Offences

June 4, 2012: Subjective/Objective Mens Rea Debate Explained

May 6, 2013: What Is Life? The Unanswered Question In the SCC Levkovic Case

April 30, 2013: Terrorism and Exceptional Circumstances: is There A Public Interest In The Right To Counsel?

April 15, 2013: This Is Thought-Provoking: The Supreme Court of Canada To Hear Argument on the Provocation Defence

March 19, 2013: Canada's New Defence of the Person Section: Is It Too Reasonable?

March 12, 2013: The Magnotta Case and The Exclusion of the Public

March 7, 2013: The Philosophy Of Testimony And Belief And the Criminal Law

February 28, 2013: THE SCC’S WHATCOTT DECISION EXPLORES THE MEANING OF “HATRED’ WHILE CONTINUING THE SUBJECTIVE/OBJECTIVE DEBATE

February 23, 2013: The Fearon Case and the Police Common Law Power To Search Incident To Arrest

February 19, 2013: The Pistorius Case: What Is Murder In Canada May Not Be Murder In South Africa

February 7, 2013: Reasonable And Probable Grounds And the Theory of Knowledge

February 4, 2013: What's Up At The Supreme Court of Canada

January 31, 2013: Not To Make Excuses But - The Supreme Court of Canada's (Un)Responsiveness To Excuses

January 24, 2013: Through The Judicial Lens: the Supreme Court of Canada and Unreasonable Verdicts

January 16, 2013: The Pham Decision And The Human Face In Sentencing

January 15, 2013: Is Reasonable Suspicion Going To The Dogs?

January 10, 2013: Queen of The North Update

January 9, 2013: Is The Law Round?

January 8, 2013: Searches, Verdicts, and Sentences

January 4, 2013: The Power of Blogging!

January 3, 2013: Is The Supreme Court of Canada Kicking It Old School?

December 20, 2012: A Balancing Act: the Supreme Court of Canada and testifying Behind The Veil

December 19, 2012: Important Cases To Be Released By The Supreme Court of Canada

December 10, 2012: What Are Human Rights Anyway?

November 11, 2012: In Rememberance: The Legacy of Mr. Justice Henry Nolan

November 7, 2012: Criminal Law and the Science of Prediction

October 21: Touching On The Biographical Core of Personal Information: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Cole

October 11 - Is There Evidence In This Courtroom? Admissibility of Evidence At A Criminal Trial

September 20 - “Reid” This: Is It Time To Change Police Interrogation Techniques?

July 27 - Is This The End of Subjective Intent: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Walle Case

July 18 - The Canadian Spy, Bail Reviews, and Preliminary Inquiries

July 13 - Assisted Suicide Appeal

July 7 - Taxi! The New Alberta "Drink But Don't Drive" Reality

July 6 - Whose Life Is This Anyway? Sue Rodriguez and the Supreme Court of Canada

June 29 - Whose Life Is This Anyway? Part One of the Right To Die Debate in Canada

June 6 - Extraditing Magnotta

May 25 - In Defence of Civil Disobedience

May 22 - In Incivility of Civil Disobedience

May 9 - An University is Not A Charter-Free Zone: The Pridgen Case

May 3 - The Cabbie and The Glider: A Tale of Two Bail Hearings

April 25 - The Legal Politics of Suessville

April 21 - Property Rights and The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

April 15 - Are You Listening To This? The Constitutionality of the Interception of Private Communications

April 5 - Blog Update: the Spy and the Pamphleteer

March 28 - How The Court of Appeal for Ontarion Used Legal Precedent in the Bedford Case

March 26 - The Result in Attorney General (Canada) v. Bedford

March 22 - War Crimes

March 17 - Blogs as Graffiti

March 12- The Omnibus Crime Bill

March 10 - Jury Vetting and the International Perspective

March 7 - Jury Vetting and The Supreme Court of Canada

March 1 - How A Charge Is Laid Under The Canada Elections Act

February 25 - Safety First: Laboratory Safety and the Criminal Code

February 23 - The Trial Judge Deserves Deference!

February 20 - Crime And Punishment: “Changing Lives Through Literature”

February 16 Reading The Riot Act

February 12 The Criminal Code of Canada: Codification and Reform

February 8 Charles Dickens Is On The Side Of Justice

February 5 In The Name Of Her Majesty’s Criminal Law

February 2 Let’s Talk About: Diplomatic Immunity

January 31 Can Criminal Law Keep Up With The Digital World?

January 27 The Goudge Report And Expert Evidence

January 25 Whatcott In The Courts Again

January 24 Why Is This Still A Crime? Crime Comics and the Criminal Code

January 21 Spy Vs. Spy

January 19 The Internet Is Here Stay!

January 17 Required Reading For the Criminal Lawyer

January 16 Public Disasters and the Criminal Law

January 13 The Presumption of Innocence: The International Perspective

January 12 - Tracing the Presumption of Innocence Through A Survey of Supreme Court of Canada Cases

January 11 - The Presumption of Innocence: The Making of A Principle

January 9 - The Art of Taking (and Giving) Art

January 7 - The Infinite Lists of Law

January 5 - Freedom of Expression: Poems, Posters, and Billboards as a Form of Complaint

January 3 - Clash of the Writers: The Bad Book Review Lawsuit

January 1 - Innovate In 2012

December 31 - Shakespeare Courts and The Promise To Marry

December 30 - Bleak House and The Court of Chancery

December 27 - Ask "Why" when Discussing Criminal Law

December 26 - Legally Minded Books

December 24 - Longreads

December 23 - Connecting Havel, Hitchens, and Kim Jong-il

December 22 - What's A Reference Case?

December 21 - Legal Language Explorer

December 20 - Holiday Gifts For The Legally Minded

December 19 - Marking Papers!

December 18 - Famous (Legal) Battles Of Ideas

December 17 - Marking Papers!

December 16 - Were The Wright Brothers Right? A lesson In Patent Law

December 15 - Testifying Behind The Veil: The Human Factor

December 14 - Testifying Behind The Veil: The facts In The N. S. Case

December 13 - Testifying Behind The Veil: A Study In Conflicting Charter Rights

December 12 - Occupy Canada and Impaired Driving Alberta

December 11 - Human Rights, Science and Literature

December 10 - Connecting With International Human Rights Day

December 9 - Let's Talk About: the Criminal Justice System

December 8 - The Power Of Apologies

December 7 - Does the Occupy Movement Have Injunctionitis?

December 6 - Injunctions And The Charter: Part Two

December 5 - Injunctions And The Charter: Part One

December 4 - Follow Up: The Name Brand Claim Game

December 3 - "Teaching Moments" and The Charter

December 2 - Follow Up To Yesterday's Post

December 1 - The Alberta Response To The Unconstitutionality of the B.C. Impaired Driving Legislation

November 30 - The Alberta Drinking And Driving Law Blogs

November 29 - Administrative Tribunals and Duties of Fairness

November 28 - The Charter and The New Alberta Impaired Driving Laws: Going Beyond "Driving Is A Privilege"

November 27 - The Social Costs of Alberta's New Impaired Driving Regime

November 26- Holiday Gifts

November 25- Proofiness: A Companion Blog

November 24- The Optics Of Tougher Impaired Driving Laws

November 23 - The Occupy Movement And The Charter

November 22: The Occupy Movement and The Government's Right to Allocate Public Space

November 21 - Blog Update: The Limits Of Expression

November 20 - Impression And Claim: Are They Both The Same?

November 19 - A Message of Tolerance

November 18 - Pushing The Expression Envelope: Semiotics

November 17 - Music, Noise, And Expression

November 16 - Judges As Poets?

November 15 - Poetic Justice Revisted

November 14 - Legal Intuition

November 13 - Three Updates For A Sunday

November 12 - The Art and Science Of Connections

November 11 - Lest We Forget

November 10 - Thirty Day Review

November 9 -Freedom of Expression in the Classroom

November 8 - The Pridgen Case and Freedom Of Expression On Campus

November 7 - Is Saying Sorry Enough?

November 6 - It Never Hurts To Say You're Sorry

November 5 - What's In A Word? From Treason To Celebration

November 4 - Creating A Positive Out of A Negative

November 3 - Part Two: Occupying Public Space

November 2 -  Freedom of Expression and Occupying Public Space Part One  

November 1 - Caring Communities, Crime, and Jane Jacobs

October 31 - It's Halloween: Are You Scared?

October 30 - Being Charitable

October 28 - Impaired Driving: A Little Diversion

October 27 - A Lesson On How To Get Tough On Impaired Driving

October 26 - There is No Road To Redemption

October 25 - On The Road To The Supreme Court of Canada

October 24 - Where Has Redemption Gone

October 23 - Blog Interruption: To Kill A Mockingbird

October 22 - The Road Not Taken By The Supreme Court of Canada

October 21 - Where The Wild Things Are

October 20 - How To Celebrate Persons Day Next Year

October 19 - Julian Barnes, Sherlock Holmes, and A Miscarriage of Justice

October 18 - Wristbands Are In Effect: The "Keep A Breast" Campaign

October 17 - Am I Late For This Supreme Court of Canada Appointment?

October 16 - Is Violence The Word?

October 15 - When Does One Marijuana Plant Plus One Shared Joint Equal Nine Months  Incarceration?

October 14 - Poetic Justice?

October 13 - Would You Like Some Coffee With That Mug-Shot?

October 12 - Expression, Law, and Literature

October 11 - Is "Innocent Nudity" Expression?

October 10 - Warrants to Take Bodily Substances