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Speaker's Corner: Stop being ashamed of tax planning

Over the last few years, there has been an uncomfortable rise in the trend I call tax shaming. That is the outrage on social media and from politicians attempting to cast any attempt to manage or reduce taxes as immoral.
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Speaker's Corner: Does conditional sentence bar immigrant from equity?

On Jan. 13, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear R. v Tran.
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Speaker's Corner: Facing climate change

A recent burst of unseasonably warm weather led many to joke that the effects of climate change are favourable to Canadians. But the scientific realities facing our planet are downright scary. Our burning of fossil fuels has altered the basic chemistry of our planet. Global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fall disastrously short of meaningful action. 
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The Criminal Mind: Repealing law suits for modern times

Federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould has introduced legislation to repeal s. 159 of the Criminal Code. That provision establishes the age of consent for anal intercourse as 18 years old. The age of consent for all other sexual activities is 16 years old. Indeed, until a few years ago, it was 14 years old.
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Editorial Obiter: And to all, a good year

Many people have decried 2016 as a year of the terrible and chaotic.
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Speaker's Corner: Rebalancing defamation law in an online age

The legal principles supporting freedom of expression are important to Canadians. That said, these principles have their limits. In a digital age, the laws around defamation have struggled to keep up.
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Editorial: Activist campuses

All too often, academics are derided as being denizens of ivory towers and university campuses their playgrounds. But that old chestnut is not especially true today at campuses and law schools.
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Speaker's Corner: Time to challenge counterterrorism programs

United States president-elect Donald Trump’s Islamophobia-fuelled ascendancy is a chilling reminder for Canadian lawyers to review our own government’s assumptions about terror, especially in relation to Bill C-51.
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Editorial: HIV and the law

Law Times has an exclusive story this week about how the Divisional Court has ordered the Ministry of the Attorney General to release a set of draft guidelines for prosecuting HIV non-disclosure cases.
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Labour Pains: Punitive damages in just cause dismissals

A dismissal for just cause is a matter of substance, not form. An unsubstantiated allegation of cause could result in punitive damages for corporate employers.
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Editorial: A different world

It is amazing how significant the election of a new United States president has been north of the border.
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The Lawyer Therapist: Coping with anxiety after the U.S. election

Something’s in the air. It’s kinetic, insecure and unnerving. You can feel it in talking to people in your office, watching usually funny late-night TV shows that now seem like wakes or just taking in the looks on people’s faces as you walk past them on the street. Something’s in the air. 
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