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Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Playing viral roulette with everyone’s health: Vexing anti-vaxxers | Jana Schilder

History repeats itself. It’s a cycle. That’s the first basic tenet that any history professor will tell you. Many pre-law students study history as useful background, including me when I went to Queen’s University in the early 1980s. I’m not a lawyer, but our boutique agency, The Legal A Team, has done law firm marketing and legal public relations for dozens of lawyers and law firms, including family lawyers and family mediators. Why does history repeat itself? Simple. Because humans fail to learn from it. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 8:52 AM

The Wilson-Raybould affair and the importance of being appropriate | Heather MacIvor

Would you ever have thought that a transcribed conversation between the (now former) federal attorney general and the clerk of the Privy Council would be a fascinating read? The Dec. 19, 2018, phone call between Jody Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick is truly gripping. Formal courtesies, mutual incomprehension, mansplaining — it could have been written by Jane Austen, if her subject had been politics rather than romance. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Access to Justice: Looking at the people behind the labels | Beverley McLachlin

Access to justice has two sides — one procedural, one substantive. The procedural side is concerned with giving people access to the legal information and legal services that they need — their hour with a lawyer or their day in court. The substantive side is concerned with ensuring that they access real justice once they are in the system.   ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Wellness: Whatever happened to lawyer-client privilege? | Darryl Singer

As I write this, the U.S. news media, both left and right, is agog about Michael Cohen’s testimony before the U.S. Congress. Mr. Cohen, former lawyer for both Trump Corporation and Mr. Trump personally, shared the most intimate details he learned about the president during his stint as attorney for Trump. Closer to home, I hear young lawyers, in very public places and in very loud voices, discussing confidential and identifying information of a very sensitive nature. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 2:19 PM

Treaty relationships from an Indigenous perspective | Angelique EagleWoman

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have engaged in kinship relationships and formed alliances, confederations and networks of relatives. Aboriginal peoples have ceremonies to adopt adult relatives with the intention of connecting in kinship to other peoples, extending circles of community, commerce and goodwill. Making relatives is a sacred and significant obligation taken seriously by Indigenous peoples. Obligations and long-term consequences require forethought and contemplation joined with prayer and ceremony to form new kinship relationships and to renew those relationships at regular intervals. ... [read more]

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

HST hurts economy and should be abandoned | Dale Barrett

According to the 2008 Federal Budget, the Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) was claimed by the federal government to be “the single most important step provinces with retail sales taxes could take to improve the competitiveness of Canadian businesses”. They were wrong. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

An opportunity wasted | Bruce McDougall

One of the more memorable details that emerged from the brouhaha involving the Liberal government and SNC-Lavalin was the refusal of Jody Wilson-Raybould to assume the role of minister of Indigenous Services. According to reports, she said she’d spent her life opposed to the Indian Act, which underlies the federal government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, and she did not want to take charge of programs administered under its authority. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Highly targeted federal budget has winners and losers | Alexandre Dufresne

On March 19, 2019, the Liberal government tabled a highly political and targeted budget, as it prepares for the next elections. ... [read more]

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Pro bono: It’s in you to give | Brett Harrison

It is hardly news that access to justice is in crisis. The courts, lawyers and legal institutions seem to be stretched to capacity, with no easy solutions. Of course, in order to find solutions, we need to understand the problem. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Putting the ‘M’ back into CMHC: New housing incentive plan | John Fox

Judging by the reaction, the federal government caught more than a few people by surprise with their new housing incentive plan in Tuesday's budget . That’s the plan that provides a shared equity loan to first-time home buyers. Some people think it’s a great way to get young people into homes, others are warning that it’s going to cause a housing bubble. ... [read more]