Court Of Appeal Summaries (June 10-14)

Good evening.

Following are the summaries for this week's civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

In Hurst v. Hancock, 2019 ONCA 0483, the Court reminded us that where there is anticipatory breach of contract, the innocent party can either immediately accept the anticipatory breach, treat the contract as at and end, and sue for breach, or the innocent party can wait until performance is due and actual breach occurs. If the innocent party elects the latter option, the claim for breach of contract does not arise until the time for performance and the actual breach for the purpose of calculating the limitation period to sue on the claim.

Other topics covered this week included administrative law in the labour law context, malicious prosecution, negligent investigation and breach of contract in the construction context.

Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors, the 2019 NBA Champions! See you all at the parade on Monday!

Until then, enjoy the weekend.

John Polyzogopoulos

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Table of Contents

Civil Decisions

Asghar v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2019 ONCA 0479

Keywords: Torts, Malicious Prosecution, Negligent Investigation, Conspiracy, Civil Procedure, Striking Pleadings, No Reasonable Cause of Action, Lack of Particularity, Frivolous and Vexatious, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules 21.01(1)(b), 21.01(3)(d), 25.06(8) and 26, Doe v. Metropolitan Toronto (Municipality) Commissioners of Police (1990), 74 O.R. (2d) 225 (Div. Ct.), Spar Roofing & Metal Supplies Ltd. v. Glynn, 2016 ONCA 296

Canada Post Corporation v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2019 ONCA 0476

Keywords: Administrative Law, Judicial Review, Standard of Review, Reasonableness, Labour Law, Grievances, Arbitrations, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Interpretation, Temporary Workers, Termination, Reasonable Availability for Work, Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, 2008 SCC 9

Hurst v. Hancock, 2019 ONCA 0483

Keywords: Contracts, Anticipatory Breach, Anticipatory Repudiation, Civil Procedure, Limitation Periods, Summary Judgment, Ali v. O-Two Medical Technologies Inc., 2013 ONCA 733

Short Civil Decisions

G. Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited v. 2208011 Ontario Limited

(Trifield Construction), 2019 ONCA 0475

Keywords: Breach of Contract, Construction Law, Breach of Trust, Civil Procedure, Simplified Procedure, Summary Judgment, Construction Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C-30

Bang v. Sebastian , 2019 ONCA 0501

Keywords: Contracts, Real Property, Agreements of Purchase and Sale of Land, Consequential Damages, Mitigation, Evidence, Hearsay

Zambo v. 848875 Ontario Inc. (Gary's No Frills), 2019 ONCA 0499

Keywords: Civil Procedure, Appeals, Jury Verdicts, Gutbir v. University Health Network, 2012 ONCA 66

Criminal Decisions

R. v. Do , 2019 ONCA 0482

Keywords: Criminal Law, Producing Marihuana, Possession of Marihuana for the Purposes of Trafficking, Right to Counsel, Search and Seizure, Evidence, Exclusion, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ss.10(b) and 24(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C. 1996, c. 19, ss.7(1) and 5(2), R. v. Reid, 2016 ONCA 524, R. v. Pino, 2016 ONCA 389, R. v. Plaha (2004), 188 C.C.C. (3d) 289 (Ont. C.A.), R. v. Goldhart (1996), 107 C.C.C (3d) 481 (SCC), R. v. Lenhardt, 2019 ONCA 416, R. v. Grant, 2009 SCC 32, R. v. Rover, 2018 ONCA 745

R. v. K.S. , 2019 ONCA 0474

Keywords: Criminal Law, Sexual Interference, Sexual Activity with a Minor, Defences, Mistake of Age, Procedural and Natural Justice, Adequacy of Reasons, R. v. Graat, [1982] 2 S.C.R. 819

R. v. Mohammad , 2019 ONCA 0473

Keywords: Criminal law, Firearms Offences, Aiding and Abetting, Mens Rea, Criminal Code, s.21(1)

R. v. Lock , 2019 ONCA 0470

Keywords: Criminal Law, Appeal Book Endorsement, Adjournment

R. v. Persaud , 2019 ONCA 0477

Keywords: Criminal Law, Attempted Murder, Firearms Offences, Sentencing, Parole, Criminal Code, s.719(3), R. v. Wilson, 2008 ONCA 510, R. v. Pammett, [2016] O.J. No. 6700 (C.A.), R. v. Mannella, 2017 ONSC 2333

R. v. Simoni , 2019 ONCA 0480

Keywords: Criminal Law, Breaking and Entering, Defences, Duress, Carosella Application, Jury Instructions, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ss.24(1) and 7, R. v. B. (M.), 2009 ONCA 524, R. v. La, [1997] 2 SCR 680, R. v. Bero, 151 C.C.C. (3d) 545 (Ont. C.A.)

R. v. Adjei , 2019 ONCA 0486

Keywords: Criminal Law, Forcible Confinement, Uttering Threats, Evidence, Identity, Inferences, Sufficiency of Reasons, Sentencing

R. v. N.C. , 2019 ONCA 0484

Keywords: Criminal Law, Human-Trafficking, Robbery, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Procuring Prostitution, Financial Benefit from Prostitution, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Assault, Transport to a Bawdy House, Trafficking a Person, Financial Benefit from Trafficking a Person, Withholding a Travel Document, Self-Defence, Criminal Code, ss. 343, 267(b), 286.3(1), 286.2(1), 355(a), 272(2), 266, 212(1)(a), 279.01(1), 279.02, 279.03, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 8, Search and Seizure, s.24(2), Evidence, Admissibility, Exclusion of Evidence, R. v. Marakah, 2017 SCC 59, Text Messages, Onus of Proof, Reverse Onus, R. v. W.(D.), [1991] 1 S.C.R. 742, Reasonable Expectation of Privacy, Appeals, New Issue on Appeal, Change in Law, R. v. Wigman, [1987] 1 S.C.R. 246, R. v. Reid, 2016 ONCA 524, R. v. Pelucco, 2015 BCCA 370, R. v. Brown, [1993] 2 S.C.R. 918, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, R. v. Mills, 2019 SCC 22

R. v. W.H. , 2019 ONCA 0485

Keywords: Criminal Law, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Sexual Assault, Evidence, Disclosure, Oath Helping, Credibility, Child Witnesses, Corroboration

R. v. Fenton , 2019 ONCA 0492

Keywords: Criminal Law, Possession of a Firearm, Uttering Threats, Evidence, Admissibility, Text Messages, Credibility, Defences, Air of Reality, Jury Instructions

R. v. Vassell , 2019 ONCA 0489

Keywords: Criminal Law, Possession of Narcotics, Defences, Duress, Evidence, Burden of Proof, Credibility

R. v. DiBenedetto , 2019 ONCA 0496

Keywords:Criminal Law, Production of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics, Trafficking of Narcotics, Search and Seizure, Warrants, Telewarrants, Criminal Code, s. 487.1, R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33

R. v. G.F. , 2019 ONCA 0493

Keywords: Criminal Law, Sexual Assault of a Minor, Defences, Intoxication, Consent, Error of Law, Evidence, Credibility, Criminal Code, s. 273, s. 273.1, s. 265, R. v. Sinclair, 2011 SCC 40, R. v. Tariq, 2016 ONCJ 614, R. v. Daigle (1998), 127 C.C.C. (3d) 130 (Que. C.A.), R. v. Bell, 2007 ONCA 320, R. v. Wobbes, 2008 ONCA 567, R. v. L.G., 2007 ONCA 654, R. v. R.P., 2012 SCC 22, R v. Mian, 2014 SCC 54, R v. Ewanchuk, [1999] 1 S.C.R. 330, R. v. J.A., 2011 SCC 28, R. v. Hutchinson, 2014 SCC 19, R. v. Al-Rawi, 2018 NSCA 10, R v. C.P., 2017 ONCJ 277, R v. Merritt, [2004] O.J. No. 1295 (Ont. Sup. Ct.), R v. Powers, 1999 CanLII 7332 (Ont. C.A.), R v. Dixon, 2018 ONCA 949, R v. Crespo, 2016 ONCA 454, R v. Barton, 2019 SCC 33

United States v. Viscomi , 2019 ONCA 0490


Criminal Law, Extradition, Child Exploitation, Internet Child Abuse, Search and Seizure, Reasonable and Probable Grounds, Search Warrants, Arbitrary Detention, Evidence, Disclosure, Judicial Review, Criminal Code, s.489.1, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ss. 6(1), 7, 8, 9, 10(b), 24(2), Treaty on Extradition Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America, 3 December 1971, Can. T.S. 1976 No. 3, Article 12, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 30 (4th Supp.), Extradition Act, S.C. 1999, c. 18, ss. 44(1), 48, United States v. Viscomi, 2015 ONCA 484, R. v. Larosa (2002), 163 O.A.C. 108 (C.A.), United States of America v. Anekwu, 2009 SCC 41, R. v. Mathurin, 2015 ONCA 581, R. v. Kutynec (1992), 7 O.R. (3d) 277 (C.A.), India v. Badesha, 2017 SCC 44, United States v. Burns, 2001 SCC 7, Kindler v. Canada (Minister of Justice), [1991] 2 S.C.R. 779, United States v. Lane, 2017 ONCA 396, Canada (Minister of Justice) v. Everard (2005), 74 O.R. (3d) 363 (C.A.), United States of America v. Cotroni, [1989] 1 S.C.R. 469

Ontario Review Board

Strachan, Re , 2019 ONCA 0481

Keywords: Ontario Review Board, Criminal Law, Not Criminally Responsible, Sexual Assault, Conditional Discharge, Mental Health Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.7


Asghar v. Toronto Police Services Board

[Hoy A.C.J.O., Lauwers and Zarnett JJ.A.]


S. Asghar, acting in person

J. Rosolak, for the respondents Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and E.C. (TTC Driver)

N. Salafia, for...

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