In future cases it may be helpful to include in the notice of
appeal a brief reference to the jurisdictional basis for the appeal
so that the scope of appellate relief available is readily ascertainable. We consider such a course a matter of good practice, not
a condition precedent to a valid notice of appeal.
C. Determining the Sentence
 The respondent submits that regardless of the decision on
the second ground of appeal, for the sake of judicial economy, this
court should determine the appropriate sentence rather than
remitting it for a rehearing.
 We agree.
 We accept that the respondent has made progress since
the assault: he has expressed remorse; has taken steps to
address his alcohol abuse; has completed a Partner Assault
Response Program; and has reconciled and attended counselling
with his wife.
 However, s. 718.2(a)( ii) of the Criminal Code, which was
in force in 2016 when the respondent was sentenced, makes
abuse of an offender’s spouse or common-law partner an aggravating factor. This, combined with the fact of his admitted 2011
assault against his wife, renders a conditional discharge inappropriate in these circumstances, despite the mitigating effect
of his guilty plea.
 Accordingly, we allow the appeal in part and set aside the
appeal judge’s order remitting this matter for a sentencing
hearing. We impose a suspended sentence and 12-month probation period in accordance with the terms set out by the trial
judge. The other terms and conditions of the sentence imposed
by the trial judge remain in place.
Appeal allowed in part.