In addition to the Borderlines Podcast, which I co-host with Peter Edelmann and Deanna Okun-Nachoff, I have also started a podcast which focuses on topics in other areas of law.  The goal of the podcast is to both discuss legal issues and also ask lawyers throughout Vancouver about their perspectives on the practice of law.

Episode 1 – Douez v. Facebook (Forum Selection Clauses) with Chris Rhone

Doez v. Facebook is a 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine the enforceability of a forum selection clause.  The case involved a class action lawsuit brought in British Columbia alleging that Facebook’s Sponsored Stories breached their privacy.  Facebook argued that because its Terms of Use stated that users had to litigate any claims in California that the British Columbia courts lacked jurisdiction.

Episode 2 – Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. (Global Injunctions) with Daniel Cowper

Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. is a 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine whether a British Columbia company could seek a worldwide injunction to to enjoin Google from displaying any part of another company’s websites on any of Google’s search results worldwide.

Episode 3 – R v. Alex (Challenging Breathalyzer Results) with Kyla Lee

R v. Alex. is a 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine whether the Crown needed to prove that a police officer’s request that an individual blow into an approved screening device was reasonable before it could admit the results of the breathalyzer without having to call a toxicologist and a technician as a witness.

Episode 4 – Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J (Duty of Care) with Saro Turner

Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J is a 2018 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine whether a commercial garage owed a duty of care to a teenager who had broken into the garage and stole a car. The teenager was injured after the car was involved in a crash. He sued the commercial garage for negligence.

Episode 5 – West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Standard of Review) with Robert Danay

West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal) is a 2018 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine whether it should overturn the WCAT’s decision to expand the duty of employers to ensure that their operations are planned and conducted in accordance with safe work practices to owners. The case provides a useful context to explore the topic of “standard of review,” which is extremely divisive in Canadian jurisprudence.

Episode 6 – Office of the Children’s Lawyer v. Balev (International Child Abductions) with Ari Wormeli

Office of the Children’s Lawyer v. Balev is a 2018 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine what the test should be for determining where to return a child under the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention).

Episode 7 – R v. Wong (Informed Plea Bargains and Immigration) with Peter Edelmann

R v. Wong is a 2018 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Supreme Court had to determine whether a person could withdraw a guilty plea if they they did not know that their pleading guilty would lead to deportation.

Episode 8 – R v. Boutilier (Dangerous Offender Designation) with Eric Purtzki

R. v. Boutilier is a 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision in which the Court had to determine whether Canada’s dangerous offender designation regime is constitutional.