five ma­jor court cases to watch in 2016

National Post (Latest Edition) - - 2016 OUTLOOK - Adrian Humphreys

Does work make you sick?

Work­ers’ Com­pen­sa­tion Ap­peal Tri­bunal, et al. v. Fraser Health Author­ity, et al.: Fe­male lab techs with breast can­cer work­ing at a B.C. hos­pi­tal bat­tle over the proof needed to show their work­place caused their dis­ease.

How badly can judges ham­mer you?

Matthew John An­thony- Cook v. Queen: A B.C. judge tacked two years onto a joint sub­mis­sion be­tween ac­cused and the Crown in a man­slaugh­ter case, wor­ry­ing those who feel it may dis­cour­age peo­ple from plead­ing guilty.

When can a mother get away with mur­der?

Queen v. Mered­ith Katharine Borowiec: Judge ac­quit­ted an Alberta woman who killed her two new­born ba­bies of mur­der and con­victed her of in­fan­ti­cide. The case will as­sess the le­gal stan­dard of when a killing is in­fan­ti­cide or mur­der.

Is the wa­ter con­tam­i­nated?

Jes­sica Ernst v. Alberta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor: An Alberta woman goes af­ter En­cana and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment over al­leged con­tam­i­na­tion of ground­wa­ter as a re­sult of frack­ing.

Can com­put­ers be­tray you?

Queen v. Oswald Oliver Vil­laro­man: Re­pair tech finds child porn in mu­sic share file on cus­tomer’s lap­top, po­lice lay charges but the man was ac­quit­ted over ques­tions of cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence and whether he even knew the porn was there.

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