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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 9:13 AM

Reasoning and analysis: Legal skills that have not crumbled with time | William Poulos

Aristotle once said that “Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.” However, time does not crumble certain skills in our profession. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Windows 2021: A divorce odyssey | Marcel Strigberger

As the Beatles song goes, “money can’t buy me love.” Bill and Melinda Gates have somewhat validated this thesis announcing their divorce intentions of ending a 27-year marriage. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

The school board, the pride flag and Pope Francis | Marvin Zuker

For students of the Halton Catholic District School Board who are gay, who are transgender, and who are also deeply connected to their faith, the dissonance they feel now must be even more intense. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

How COVID, Charter don’t mix | Sam Goldstein

Constitutional lawyers, like carpenters, have the bad habit of seeing the world’s solution through the lenses of their trade. For carpenters, the solution to everything is a hammer. For constitutional lawyers, it’s the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

COVID, parties, manslaughter | Kyla Lee

 A recent case in British Columbia has attracted a lot of attention as a result of comments made by the sentencing judge. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

The art of the 15-minute coffee break | Joseph Hamon

I am a relaxation failure. I jump up between deals of euchre with my kids and vacuum. And when I vacuum, I use the hosel rather than any large economical attachment on my little golf putting strip. OK, I am a little fanatical and an amateur perfectionist. In short, I am a family law practitioner and a failure of the 15-minute coffee break. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 10:26 AM

The wholehearted lawyer | Derek Anderson

When I started thinking about this column, one thing was clear: it has to be a driver of joy. Because let’s be honest: the practice of law is complicated, stressful and often even sad to the point of tragic — and we all know we don’t need any more of that. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Fond farewell to Canadian legal legend Berger | H.B. Shroff and Victoria Shroff

We have lost many luminaries in the legal profession over the past past few years. With the passing of the former leader of the New Democratic Party of B.C., member of B.C. parliament, retired former B.C. Supreme Court justice, and lawyer Thomas Berger, OC, on April 28, 2021, we have lost an 88-year-old Canadian legend. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

All creatures starved and mauled | Ken Hill

I have always liked animals so I enjoyed reading the James Herriot novels with their stories of the quirky but lovable country folk of the Yorkshire Dales and the amusing scrapes their pets and livestock got into. So, it was my great good fortune to have had the Ontario SPCA as a client for many years. However, due to the nature of the work, the stories I was party to skewed more to the horrific than the heart-warming. ... [read more]