Application for bail pending appeal from an aggravated assault conviction. Accused previously denied bail pending. Argument that the recent decision in Oland, 2017 SCC 17 warranted reconsideration of the bail denial. Change in circumstance as well, as the accused’s girlfriend had relocated to British Columbia.

Held: Application dismissed.

“In my view, public interest remains of paramount concern, and is not ‘negligible’. This matter, unlike in Oland, is not restricted to a relational dynamic between two parties, there a father and son, that is at an end. The fact that Ms. Anderson now resides in British Columbia, and not Alberta, does not satisfy my concerns about her safety, and the safety of any one with whom she may associate.”


S. Kurie – Defence Counsel