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BMD et al v HMTQ 2022 ONCA
A recent decision of the ONCA, applying Sherman to uphold rejecting a ban on the name of a convicted...


2022 FC 1115
Paras 20-22 of this decision, from the Federal Court, confirm that the test to “remove” documents from a court...


Windels v Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2022 SKCA 72
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal applied the test in Sherman Estate in lifting a sealing order and pub ban....


2022 SKQB 129
In this recent decision from the SKQB an application for a sealing order and anonymization of all pleadings was...

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