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Editorial: A pardon for the worthy?

Law Times reports this week that a disbarred lawyer will have a chance at a pardon for his criminal fraud convictions after a Federal Court judge ruled the Parole Board of Canada acted unreasonably in denying him one. Context, in this case, is everything.
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The Hill: In politics, sometimes those who wait reap rewards

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could be headed for a mess of problems because of a Supreme Court decision last year on assisted dying for the medically incurable. Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) came down in February 2015. That’s even before Trudeau came to power.
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Speakers Corner: Improving access laudable, but focus on real solutions

Improving access is a phrase you’ll hear bandied about a lot.
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That's History: As electoral reform looms, some lessons from the past

The Liberals’ talk of electoral reform has led to questions about the process to be followed before any such change is adopted. So far, the Trudeau government has opposed holding a referendum on any new proposal, while the Conservatives have declared one must be held to legitimate such an important change.
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Speakers Corner: Refugee crisis brings legal community together; reminds us of what’s possible

On a Wednesday evening in late September, I found myself among a motley crew of Ottawa lawyers. From seasoned big-firm litigators to sole practitioners fresh out of law school, the room at City Hall was packed. We had gathered for a training session on the basics of preparing refugee resettlement applications.
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Editorial: Public perception matters

With us law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion. Let that die or grow indifferent, and statutes are waste paper, lacking all executive force.
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Speakers Corner: Disclosure methods for traffic cases need modernizing

Do you defend traffic cases? Are you planning to challenge a parking ticket? If you or your clients drive in the City of Toronto, you may encounter serious inconvenience.  
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Social Justice: Expert witnesses and access to justice

The recently reported decision of Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena, 2016 raises important issues concerning the use of civil jury trials and the role of partisan expert witnesses.
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Editorial: Conviction confounds

When you are in the politics or news game for a while, there will be ongoing stories or issues that lie dormant for years, roiling in the background.  
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A Criminal Mind: Hit show highlights importance of appellate review

In the early days of 2016, it seems obligatory to opine on the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. You either watched it or are now sick of friends talking about it. I don’t have the space here to weigh in on the various theories swirling around Steven Avery’s guilt or innocence. It’s clear that many things went wrong during Avery’s investigation and trial. However, I’d like to focus on how I think the show highlights the need for a rigorous process of post-conviction appellate review to ensure that if things do go wrong they’re capable of being fixed.
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Editorial: Stalling not an option

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Canada was an irrefutable edict to the legal profession and Canadians at large — get ready for change.
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Breastfeeding and the duty to accommodate

It is undisputed that the practice of breastfeeding must be promoted and protected. Since the ability to breastfeed is unique to the female gender, a woman who opts to breastfeed may be subjected to adverse treatment in a workplace, something her male colleague would never face. An employer’s failure or refusal to accommodate a nursing employee’s breastfeeding needs may give rise to a discrimination complaint.
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Recreational marijuana use will be legalized, and lawyers say there will be an increase in terms of criminal charges and civil cases as a result. From the perspective on how this will impact the courts, do you support pot legalization?
Yes. While there will no doubt be an impact on the courts from this change, the overall social benefits of legalization are positive.
No. The move to legalize marijuana is short-sighted, and will lead to negative social results, including longer court delays.