Student Loans Under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act

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The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act of Canada (the Act or BIA) eliminates most unsecured debts like credit card debt, bank loans, lines of credit and payday loans.  There are, however, certain debts that are excluded under the Act. Student debts are often confusing because some debts can be automatically discharged if you file for bankruptcy […]

Obtaining Evidence in High Conflict Parenting Disputes, Part 4: Parenting Coordination

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In Part 2 of this series, Sarah Dargatz wrote briefly about parenting coordination, one of the interventions available in family law cases before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. In this article, the final part of this series, I will talk about how parenting coordination is used in British Columbia. It’s a bit misleading to […]

Oh, S***! Court of Appeal Rules on One Man’s Bowel Movements and Charter Rights

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In R. v Poirier [2016] ONCA 582 the Ontario Court of Appeal excluded the drugs excreted from Mr. Poirier’s rectum because of the manner of the police investigation that led to its discovery. Without that evidence, Mr. Poirier was acquitted of all charges. Mr. Poirier was arrested after five confidential informants advised police that Mr. […]

Pregnancy Discrimination Remains an Issue

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Whenever I teach undergrad students about gender discrimination, they are often quite shocked to discover that as recently as the 1970s, there was a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling that found that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy was not a form of gender discrimination (See: Bliss v Canada (Attorney General), [1979] 1 SCR […]

1984 and None Turn Back: Two Timely Novels

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 George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, published less than a year before the English novelist and journalist’s untimely death in 1950, has had extraordinary staying power. Indeed, twice in recent times it has raced up the bestsellers lists, to the Number 1 position at Amazon in 2013 after the “Snowden revelations” about the massive surveillance operations […]

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