Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and Ezekiel Stephan

July 4, 2016

So episode 42 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and sift through the legal and political news of the day and discuss a few topics:  Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and the Ezekiel Stephan sentencing.

The Supreme Court of Canada found that police have the power (without a warrant or any prior authorization) to take penile swabs from suspects – by force if necessary.  In our view it is a problematic decision with far reaching privacy implications.

We also discuss the case of Amanda Todd after a Dutch court ruled that a man suspected of cyberbullying the B.C. teen before she took her own life can be extradited to face trial in Canada. And by discuss I mean we totally steal the topic (and some audio) from Jesse Brown‘s podcast CanadaLand.

Then we move on to the Trinity Western case. Can the Law Society of Upper Canada refuse to accredit a law school with discriminatory and homophobic policies – the Ontario Court of Appeal says YES.

Finally we wrap up our look at the Ezekiel Stephan case.  Ezekiel’s parents were sentenced and one of them escaped jail – but maybe both should have.

We also have some new art – it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week – from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle – serious he is crazy good – go check out his work.

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