November 27, 2014
Higher taxes on rich sounds fair — but flat tax on investments may help more
Publication: CBC News – The Exchange with Amanda Lang
A new study urges the federal government to change its taxing ways. Some say it's rising the rising level of income inequality is similar to that of the United States. Vern Krishna, Common Law Section, believes that "comparisons with the US tend to be a bit misleading, in the sense that when they talk about high income earners, they're talking generally around 1450,000 and so on." He adds that the implementation of a tax on investment, as the study suggests, might create more tax avoidance, which would be counter-productive.
Tom Mulcair to reveal new health policy while Justin Trudeau talks US politics
Publication: CBC News – Inside Politics
The government's proposal to boost the powers of CSIS to monitor and track suspected terrorists will undergo a second round of committee review. Among the witnesses are Craig Forcese, Common Law Section and Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
How likely is Jian Ghomeshi to be convicted of sexual assault?
Publication: Global News Canada
Elizabeth Sheehy, Common Law Section, says a conviction may depend on whether a jury gets to hear evidence from more than one complainant. “Generally such evidence can be excluded in criminal trials on the basis that it is highly prejudicial to the accused person. However, if it is seen as extremely probative because, for instance, it reveals a highly similar and unusual pattern of behaviour, it can be admitted in the trial,” she said. Holly Johnson, Department of Criminology, argues that sexual assault cases that are charged are often under-classified and prosecuted as a less serious form of sexual assault than they really are.
Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti 'troubled' that NDP accuser alleged sex crime in media report
Publication: National Post
The Liberal MP accused of sexually assaulting an NDP MP has called for a process that would allow the allegations against him to be tested. Lawyers say that what the complainant described in her interview may meet the definition of sexual assault in the criminal code. “I would say prima facie based on what she says, there’s a basis to charge sexual assault,” said Elizabeth Sheehy, Common Law Section