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September 10, 2018

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Page 16 September 10, 2018 • Law timeS u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story POLICE TO SET UP STING OPERATION SCALPAY, Outer Hebrides — A hive of rare bees has been reported stolen from a garden in Scalpay, reports Hebrides News. Thieves struck while owner Roddy Macleod was off the island for about two weeks. The 82-year-old returned from Inverness last week and discovered around 1,000 Hebridean honey bees had gone. The species is a strain of the European dark honey bee. The honey in the hive was also taken. The perpetrators are suspected to have been specialist black bee thieves as the nature of the crime would require specialist knowledge. A police spokesman said inquiries are ongo- ing and anyone with information should call Police Scotland. WHERE'S THE BEEF? LONDON — More than a fifth of meat sample tests in 2017 found DNA from animals not on the labelling, reports BBC News. Out of 665 results from England, Wales and Northern Ireland col- lected by the Food Standards Agency, 145 were partly or wholly made up of unspecified meat. The FSA said the levels were consistent with "deliberate inclusion" — but it added that test- ing had targeted those businesses suspected of "compliance issues." The samples came from 487 businesses, in- cluding restaurants and supermarkets. A BBC Freedom of Information request to the FSA revealed that in total 73 of the contami- nated samples came from retailers — including three supermarkets. A further 50 came from restaurants, while 22 originated from manufac- turing or food processing plants. Some samples contained DNA from as many as four different animals, while others contained no trace of the meat that appeared on the product's label. Experts say replacing expensive meat with a cheaper product is a common reason behind food fraud — a global problem that has existed for centuries. This latest data comes five years after the horsemeat scandal, when processed beef products sold by a number of U.K. super- market chains were found to contain significant amounts of horse DNA. While none of the 2017 samples contained horsemeat, the lack of transparency surround- ing the quality and origin of meat products in the U.K. has raised concerns. Compassion in World Farming, which cam- paigns for better animal welfare in the meat industry, said untraceable ingredients made it hard for animal welfare to be "part of consum- ers' shopping decisions." The FSA explained that the "majority" of sam- ples were tested for cow, pig, sheep, goat, horse, chicken and turkey DNA because those animals represent the "overwhelming majority" of live- stock reared, slaughtered and imported in the U.K. DNA from other animals could have been present in some samples, but it may not have been identified as testers were not looking for it. According to the FSA, the inclusion of DNA at a proportion of 1% or greater should be con- sidered consistent with "deliberate inclusion." LIBRARY BATHROOM GUN SMUGGLER JAILED MONTREAL — A federal judge sentenced a Montreal man to more than four years in prison on Sept. 4 for smuggling 100 firearms through a bathroom in the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, which straddles the international border in Derby Line, reports Vermont's Seven Days. Alexis Vlachos, a career criminal who pro- nounced himself a reformed man during a U.S. District Court hearing, will likely be released from prison in the coming weeks after receiving credit for time served and good behaviour. Vlachos, 41, led a three-man operation that bought 100 handguns from licensed dealers in Florida. In March 2011, the co-conspirators travelled to Vermont and left several firearms in the library, which is famously bisected by the international border. Vlachos allegedly walked to the library from Québec, grabbed the guns and walked back into Canada without stopping at a border check- point. LT APPOINTMENTS TO THE BENCH Federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould an- nounced seven judicial ap- pointments in Ontario. Alison Harvison Young, who served as a Superior Court of Jus- tice judge, has been appointed as a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, replac- ing Justice E.E. Gillese, who has elected to become a supernu- merary judge. Barry M. Tobin, who served as an Ontario Court of Justice judge, will now be a Superior Court of Justice judge, replacing Justice M. McSorley, who resigned in April. Judy A. Fowler Byrne, who was a partner at Miller Thomson LLP, has been appointed as a Superior Court of Justice judge in Brampton, replacing Justice F. Van Melle, who elected to become a supernu- merary judge. Gillian E. Roberts, who was counsel at the provin- cial Ministry of the Attorney General, has been appointed as a Superior Court of Justice judge in Toronto, replacing Justice A.M. Molloy, who elected to become a supernumerary judge. Nancy L. Dennison, who was also counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General, has been appointed to be a Superior Court of Justice judge in Brampton, replacing Justice J.M. Fragomeni, who elected to be- come a supernumerary judge. Suranganie Kumaranayake, who was counsel with the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton, has been appointed to be a Superior Court of Justice judge in Brampton, replacing Justice D.F. Dawson, who elected to become a supernu- merary judge. Lastly, Breese Davies, a Toronto defence lawyer, has been appointed a judge in the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, replacing Justice T.R. Lederer, who elected to become a supernu- merary judge. REFUGEE PROTECTION DIVISION HEARINGS RETURN TO OTTAWA SEPT. 10 The Immigration and Refu- gee Board of Canada said in an announcement that it will begin hearing claims in downtown Ot- tawa for refugee protection begin- ning Sept. 10. A Notice to Appear will be sent to claimants and their counsel confirming the time, date and location of the hearing, the announcement said. Claims from other cities may also be heard in Ottawa through videoconfer- ence, the announcement said. The new hearings are the first since officially closed hear- ing rooms in Ottawa on April 1, 2014 as part of a cost reduction proposal. When the government announced the discontinua- tion of the Ottawa proceedings, hearings and documents were shifted to Montreal. Refugee protection claims increased 82 per cent between June 2017 and June 2018, the IRB said, and the Canadian gov- ernment has allocated $72 mil- lion to increase capacity to deal with refugee claims. 23 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE YES, I AGREE 77 % LAW TIMES POLL Ontario's new anti-SLAPP legis- lation was tested in the Court of Appeal. Readers were asked if they thought anti-SLAPP legisla- tion is working well. About 77 per cent said yes, if a defendant can bring an anti- SLAPP motion at the beginning of the trial before they have filed a statement of defence, it pro- motes expression on matters of public interest. About 23 per cent said no, in earlier cases involving anti- SLAPP motions, many felt the legislation was interpreted in a way that made it too easy for the defendants to earn a dis- missal. LT THE ULTIMATE SOURCE For Today's Legal Profession | 416.609.3800 | 1.800.387.5164 Online Free preview Subscribe today! 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