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2018 Tuesday, March 6,

Gillian Hnatiw: #MeToo is not a he-said, she-said issue. We are past due to eradicate it.

By |2019-04-05T13:12:15-04:00March 6th, 2018|

This episode’s guest on Of Counsel is Gillian Hnatiw. Gillian practices in administrative, health, employment, and professional liability law. She has also developed a very high level of expertise in representing victims of sexual violence.  [...]

2016 Wednesday, January 27,

Sexual assault trials in Canada: setting the record straight.

By |2018-03-19T21:22:59-04:00January 27th, 2016|

Sexual assault trials in Canada: assumptions and misinformation clarified. Recent events surrounding Jian Ghomeshi has instigated a national outcry relating to the protection of sexual assault victims and the challenges they face in a criminal trial. [...]

2014 Tuesday, November 11,

Canadian sexual trials explained: balancing the rights of an accused and empowering victims.

By |2018-03-19T21:22:59-04:00November 11th, 2014|

Sexual assault trials in Canada: assumptions and misinformation clarified. Recent events surrounding Jian Ghomeshi has instigated a national outcry relating to the protection of sexual assault victims and the difficulties they face when struggling with the [...]

2014 Tuesday, November 4,

Fewer shades than one might think: the law of sexual consent in Canada

By |2017-06-22T12:03:26-04:00November 4th, 2014|

Fewer shades than one might think: the law of consent in sexual activity and "BDSM" in Canada. Societies acceptance of alternative sexual practices is constantly evolving. Sexual preferences that may have once been deemed [...]

2013 Friday, February 15,

The case of R. v. J.W. and a refresher on the use of similar fact evidence

By |2016-10-24T11:59:18-04:00February 15th, 2013|

Similar Fact Evidence and the case of R. v. J.W. by the Ontario Court of Appeal. On February 14, 2013 the Court of Appeal for Ontario released the judgment of R. v. J.W. (2013 ONCA [...]

2012 Tuesday, November 13,

Being charged with a sexual assault may ruin your life, even if you are innocent

By |2018-01-15T17:05:27-04:00November 13th, 2012|

It doesn't matter if you are found "not guilty," being charged with a sexual assault may ruin your life regardless. Here is a letter that I wrote commenting on the post by Jonathan Jay entitled [...]

2012 Thursday, November 1,

An honest witness can still be wrong: frailties of demeanour evidence

By |2016-10-24T11:59:19-04:00November 1st, 2012|

An honest mistaken witness can still be wrong: the example of historical sexual assault allegations. In preparing and researching my submissions in an historical sexual assault trial, I came across the recent Court of Appeal [...]