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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 1:14 PM

An unholy mess: Why a constitution is not a contract | Heather MacIvor

Volunteer organizations are supposedly united by the pursuit of shared goals. Faith communities aspire to embody love and forgiveness, not rancour and division. But where strongly held beliefs are at issue, turning the other cheek is easier said than done. Wherever human beings gather in groups, be they religious congregations, political parties or charitable agencies, disagreements arise, egos clash and factions emerge. Voluntary organizations must find a way to manage internal conflicts, or risk collapse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 10:51 AM

Bill 96: The perils of ‘pensee unique’ | Julius Grey

Those who consider the proposed Quebec constitutional amendment to be purely declaratory with no effect are confusing the content of the amendment with its insertion into the Constitution. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 1:52 PM

How COVID rules have made Canadians into criminals | Laurelly Dale

We all watched in awe — some of us in envy — as Breaking Bad’s Walter White slowly and happily transitioned from law-abiding science teacher into the creator of blue sky meth and later, into a strategic criminal overlord. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Common sense has left the building | Marcel Strigberger

No kidding; I would never have thought of that. This was my reaction to the recent COVID-19-driven court direction on “Best Practices and Etiquette for Remote Hearings.” It lists over a dozen bulleted trite guidelines on what lawyers are supposed to do and how they should behave on tele/video events. I ask, is this guide really necessary? Are we presuming the pandemic has eradicated common sense in lawyers? ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

The wholehearted lawyer: Choosing value | Derek Anderson

I started law school after eight blissed-out years in South Korea, where I ran a university English program and did some freelance journalism. I was 35 years old. My wife was South Korean, and pregnant with our second son; our first son, born in a suburb of Seoul, was 4.  ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

Minding the pendulum | Sarah Leamon

After months of anticipation, Bill C-3 has received royal assent, becoming law.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 12:19 PM

Access to Justice: When life gives you lemons | Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin delivered this address to the annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, May 12, 2021. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 10:28 AM

Family violence and COVID-19: A pandemic within a pandemic | Serena Eshaghurshan

The COVID-19 pandemic has yielded an unprecedented increase in the rate of family violence by creating and further perpetuating disparity in the ability to access social supports and legal recourse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 8:12 AM

We’ve lost more than a few pints; we’ve lost rule of law | Murray Fallis

On the first day of law school, every crop of eager young Canadian law students learns the case of Roncarelli v. Duplessis [1959] S.C.R. 121. The case tells the story of a Quebec Premier (Maurice Duplessis) who unjustifiably revokes a liquor licence. However, the case stands for much more than a few lost pints. The case stands for the rule of law. It stands for the fundamental principle that elected officials are bound by our laws. That parliamentarians are bound by the limits of our Constitution, our legislation and by the decisions of our courts. To disregard these limits is to violate the rule of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

Playing the blame game | John L. Hill

It comes as no surprise that Canadians are weary of COVID-19 and the restrictions placed upon us in an attempt to reduce community spread. An unfortunate social byproduct is to play the “blame game.” The object is to seek out and name a level of government, a nationality or governmental institution that is causing us to change our traditional manners of behaviour. Sometimes the blame game eases temporary frustration but over time it could damage the very institutions upon which we rely for good governance. ... [read more]