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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 39-1: Records from Residential Schools

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge has ruled on the question of what should happen to the historical records created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that examined the Indian … [Read More...]

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Truth in Sentencing Act Fails Again

For the second time this year, courts have found fatal flaws in sections of the federal Truth in Sentencing Act.  In April the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that judges could give 1.5 days credit for … [Read More...]

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Bench Press 39-1: The Facebook Factor

A Nova Scotia judge has ruled that a plaintiff’s Facebook usage history data can be accessed by a lawyer defending a personal injury claim.  The lawyer was seeking the data under the disclosure of … [Read More...]

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What, Why and Where: Untangling Jurisdiction in Family Law

It can be a real challenge to figure out which court to go to when a family law problem needs to be resolved by a judge. You may need to go to a court where you live, or a court somewhere else. If you … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]