Twila Reid

Twila Reid

Twila Reid has a passion for labour and employment law and is a partner at Stewart McKelvey.  She lives in Logy Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador and is a gymnastics/dance/swim/soccer/hockey mom to her two young kids. Twila values your perspective.  Share it by e-mailing her at

Column: The Twila Zone

A lesson for Trump: Draco Dormiens Nunquam TitillandusThis is the motto of Hogwarts, the school from Harry Potter. Translated from Latin, it means “never tickle a sleeping dragon.”
Simplifying the standard of review is a good Idea — I vote for appeals!I love practising administrative law because it’s always exercise for my brain. Undoubtedly, considering concepts such as standard of review leaves my cerebral cortex fatigued. I’ve always found it ironic that the area of law that should be most robust and practical given its proximity to the “average Joe” is actually one of the most academic and entirely unpractical (not to mention unpredictable) to apply.
Identity politics in the SCC (from the Eye of the Newfie Beholder)In June, Donald Trump claimed that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University, was biased because of his Mexican heritage. 
Monday, 18 July 2016 09:57

Is today yesterday?

Is today yesterday?Four-year-olds have an amazing ability to ask very confusing questions, including my son’s “Is today yesterday?” I found myself asking a similar question when considering some recent cases regarding the summary judgment/trial process in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Monday, 16 May 2016 09:00

Creativity, budgets, and Wi-Fi

Creativity, budgets, and Wi-Fi“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of the creative effort.”
–    Franklin D. Roosevelt –   
Monday, 21 March 2016 09:00

A tale of two standards

A tale of two standardsI’ll start this column by telling you about what has been referred to as “one of NL’s biggest fraud scandals.” The period of 1999 to 2004 represented both the best of times and the worst of times for local Newfoundland and Labrador real estate development company Myles-Legér Ltd., co-owned by brothers William and Randell Clarke.
Monday, 18 January 2016 09:00

Remembering Gerry Fleming

Remembering Gerry FlemingFor the first time in my life, I found Christmas hard.
The moon is innocent and ‘Because it’s 2015’A study published in 2015 in the journal Nursing Research found no link between lunar cycles and various events such as hospital admissions, births, patterns of criminal behaviour, menstruation, depression, car accidents, and surgery outcomes. As The Huffington Post reported, “The idea that lunar cycles exert any meaningful influence on human affairs is sheer lunacy.”
Monday, 21 September 2015 09:00

Puppies, manners, and lawyering

Puppies, manners, and lawyeringSummer 2015 brought a new puppy to our family. Her name is Luna and she is a Portuguese Water Dog. As one of my law partners so cleverly stated, “When you have kids, getting a family pet is not a matter of if — it’s a matter of when.”
Monday, 20 July 2015 08:00

Is there a consultant for that?

Is there a consultant for that?The headline in the local news is: “Province hires external consultant to review practice of hiring external consultants.” This follows a report from Newfoundland and Labrador’s auditor general, who found that costs for consultants had been double (or, in one case, quadruple) the original estimate. As reported by the CBC:
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