The highest court in Canada has announced its decision in the Lola case, which has made headlines for several years. The case focused on whether common-law couples in Quebec can ask for support payments from an ex-partner and for a division of property if the couple separates. In Quebec, common-law couples cannot ask for these support payments or a division of property, unless they agree about these issues ahead of time in a contract, or agree... Read more

On October 24, 2009, Cathie Gauthier was found guilty of the murder of her three children following a murder-suicide pact with her husband. The guilty verdict, handed down by the Quebec Superior Court and confirmed by the Quebec Court of Appeal, is being challenged in the Supreme Court of Canada starting on December 13. The Supreme Court will not be re-doing the trial in the case. Instead, it will examine the decision of the Quebec Court of... Read more

With the rise of the Web and social media, protecting privacy has become a big challenge. Why? Because more confidential information of Web users is zipping through cyberspace faster and faster. On a legal level, this is making it tough to protect people’s privacy and personal information. Protecting Personal Information on the Web: a Major Challenge! Protecting confidentiality is difficult on the Internet. Just think about how much information... Read more

April 17 was the 30th anniversary of the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. But what exactly is a constitution? Aside from any political issues, why is the constitution important to Quebecers? And what is "patriation"? Canada's constitution affects our daily lives, even if we don't realize it. It has rules about how government functions. It also protects important human rights. In this article, Éducaloi explains the basics of Canada's... Read more

The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing two class action cases launched against the three main tobacco companies in Canada: Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI MacDonald. The first case asks for compensation for people addicted to nicotine in cigarettes. The second asks for compensation for people suffering from lung, larynx or throat cancer and emphysema caused by tobacco. Class actions let people who suffered similar harm... Read more

On January 18, judges of the Supreme Court of Canada will start hearing arguments from the Attorney General of Quebec and lawyers for Eric and Lola (not their real names) on the question of support payments for common-law couples. Since decisions of the Supreme Court are final, this is the last chance for lawyers for both sides to convince the highest court in the country of their point of view. After hearing the arguments, the Court will... Read more

Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their son Hamed Mohammad Shafia have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder. The victims? Mohammad Shafia’s three daughters and his first wife. How can three people be charged with two crimes for only one act that occurred in Kingston, Ontario? Read on. What is first-degree murder? The Criminal Code defines murder as intentionally causing someone’s death, directly or... Read more

Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their son Hamed Mohammad Shafia have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder. The victims? Mohammad Shafia’s three daughters and his first wife. How can three people be charged with two crimes for only one act that occurred in Kingston, Ontario? Read on. What is first-degree murder? The Criminal Code defines murder as intentionally causing someone’s death, directly or... Read more

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