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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Primum non nocere: First do no harm | Jared Brown

One of the principal precepts of bioethics that all students in health care are taught in school is that “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.” It serves to remind people to consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Something’s rotten in Denmark | John L. Hill

A recent BBC report quotes Denmark’s Justice Minister, Nick Haekkerup, as advocating an end to communications between long-term prisoners and members of the public and to further restrict prisoners using social media from speaking of their crimes or to discuss them in podcasts. The event that triggered Denmark’s drastic proposed response was a report of a young woman falling in love with a convicted murderer and sharing her conversations with the media. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 9:19 AM

Wellness: Enough with the false equivalencies | Darryl Singer

As lawyers we are trained to argue based on actual facts and within the current state of the law. So, it is forgivable when I see non-lawyers using illogic, misconstrued facts, conspiracy theories and false analogies, all for the purpose of making their point. We have seen this on both the left and the right for the last five years when it come to politics. We now see it daily from those who are opposed to vaccine mandates, mask mandates or lockdowns. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 11:39 AM

A close look at ‘mandatory’ vaccination policies | Stuart Rudner

It feels like not a day goes by without another headline announcing that more employers have adopted “mandatory vaccination” policies. The public will be forgiven for concluding that virtually every major employer is requiring that all employees be vaccinated or they will lose their job. Yet if you read the details of most of these policies, they are not mandatory at all. ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 3:12 PM

How Canada’s new prime minister can keep us all safe | Murray Fallis

In the 2021 federal election, nearly every leader has promised to get serious about public safety. This raises the question — what  can Canada’s next prime minister do to keep us all safe? ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Trial by abacus | Marcel Strigberger

It’s election time again. After an election there are usually a couple of ridings where the race has been close and there is a recount. This I understand. But occasionally the counting process falls into the lap of a Superior Court justice. This I do not understand. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Trudeau’s missed opportunities to call out misogyny | Naomi Sayers

When I was in grade 10, I remember a group of white girls would whisper certain words under their breath whenever I walked past them. And, I had to walk past them; I was the only Indigenous female student in these academic classes, mostly science and math. They liked to sit in the front rows or on the side aisles near the doors. I sat in the back. Anything to make myself less noticeable to them, others and the teacher. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Federal party platforms on Indigenous human rights show deep divide | Pamela Palmater

After a month of campaigning, a staggered release of platforms and completion of the election debates, we have a good idea of where the main federal party leaders stand on Indigenous issues. While all of them pledged a general commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples during those debates, we heard few details about their actual plans, especially as it relates to ending genocide against Indigenous women and girls. This means that we have to search party platforms for details on how they plan to address violence against Indigenous women, systemic racism in policing and human rights in general. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]