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Speaker's Corner: Restorative justice in response to hate

Many Canadians expressed a deep sense of sorrow and outrage after a man shot worshippers in a mosque in Quebec City on Jan. 29. The shootings — soon after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning nationals from seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days — touched a collective nerve in Canada. Thousands of people attended vigils across Canada, in response to the deaths, and social media was alive with commentary about combatting Islamophobia.
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Editorial: Privacy reigns

Law Times reports this week that an Ontario Superior Court judge determined a rule was breached when two Toronto lawyers exchanged private records about a sexual assault complainant with no notice to a court, the woman or her counsel.
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Speaker's Corner: Time to end shareholder primacy

As lawyers, we are all acutely aware of the fact that changes to the law are a given. Society changes, technology changes and governments change. Meanwhile, the law needs to keep up.

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Editorial: What a debt

The non-profit corporation has hit headlines for all the wrong reasons, most notably a $26-million deficit in 2016.
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A Criminal Mind: What’s in store for the Supreme Court?

For those of us who intently watch the Supreme Court of Canada, 2016 was not a banner year for criminal law. (That is, with one big exception.)
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Editorial: Vacancies, again

A proactive cabinet shuffle may be a smart move, but some burrs remain in the side of the federal government. The Canadian Bar Association kicked off 2017 by calling on Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould to accelerate the hiring of judges, classifying the issue as “an acute access to justice problem.”
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Labour Pains: Summary judgments in wrongful dismissals

A motion for summary judgment is a procedural tool that is both practical and perilous.
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Editorial: Legislating leaves?

The interesting facet of labour and employment law is how it impacts all of us in our daily lives.
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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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