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Turning a Loss into a Win

I remember the morning well:  my mother had asked me to bring in the mail, and as I was sorting through it, a bright envelope with the sentence, “You Are A Grande Prize Winner” caught my attention.  My heart leapt; my family just won an astronomical amount of … [Read More...]

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Bench Press 38-6: Limits to “Mr. Big” Stings

Police in Newfoundland suspected that Nelson Hart deliberately drowned his twin daughters but had no proof.  They began an elaborate hoax to recruit Mr. Hart into a fictitious crime ring. After about … [Read More...]

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Bench Press 38-6: A Bride’s Worst Nightmare!

Melanie Johnson arranged for a Calgary designer and tailor to make four bridesmaid dresses, a flower girl’s dress and a wedding veil for her October 2011 wedding, and to make alterations to her … [Read More...]

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Bench Press 38-6: Court Decision an “Earthquake”

Both the land and the legal landscape underwent a transformation recently as a result of a Supreme Court of Canada decision.  The Court ruled for the first time that an Aboriginal nation has title to … [Read More...]

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Family Law Column

How is property divided at the end of a relationship?

The property rights that you have at the end of a relationship depend on what kind of relationship you had in the first place. Are you married? Living together? If you are married, then the property … [Read More...]

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Talking to the Police

The police are key players in the criminal justice system. “To prevent crime and to make sure that there is order in the community, police officers are given special powers to search, arrest and … [Read More...]

Residential Tenancies Column (aka Landlord and Tenant Law)

Can a landlord charge a tenant for renovations?

I just got a question from a tenant. The landlord replaced all the windows in the rental property, and then gave the tenant a bill for half the cost of the renovations. Seriously. The tenant … [Read More...]

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Nickel Shower: An Environmental Class Action

Introduction The recent Smith v. Inco Limited case is the first Canadian environmental class action lawsuit to proceed through a trial and appeal. It shows how the courts mediate between the interests of industry and of private landowners. Inco refined nickel near the small southern Ontario city … [Read More...]


The Ethics of Corporate Social Responsibility

What is Corporate Social Responsibility, and what is not? Companies engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) when they confer benefits on the communities located in or near where they work which are neither required by law nor an integral part of their primary, profit-oriented operations. … [Read More...]