Monday, 08 June 2009 07:18

The collapse of contracts

Written by
Contracts are sacrosanct. This principle has been pounded into law students’ heads since legal education began. Professors pontificate as follows: provided certain formalities are met, and public policy is not offended, individuals (including juridical persons, corporations being the most important of these) are free to create private law between themselves. If necessary, courts will enforce this private law. Our freedom, our economy — gosh, our very way of life — depend upon this being so. (Full disclosure: I taught the law of contracts over many years in several law schools, and always toed this traditional line.)

Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:12

Eight ways to put your tax refund to work

Written by
The annual spring ritual is already underway — the mail out of tax-refund cheques to millions of Canadians. Every year, the federal government returns billions of dollars in overpaid taxes. The average refund in 2007 was approximately $1,400 — not a huge windfall, but still a sum that would be a shame to fritter away. As you know, your tax refund is not found money, it was your money all along that you lent Ottawa interest-free for the year. These funds should be put back to work for you.
’Twas the night before Christmas 2008 and Grillo & Associates, a personal injury law firm in Toronto, had closed for the holidays. There were creatures stirring, but they weren't mice.
Monday, 11 May 2009 08:03

An umbrella of compromise

Written by
It is well said that “compromise makes a good umbrella but a poor roof” and that may be the case with bill 173 amending the Ontario Mining Act.
Monday, 11 May 2009 07:54


Written by
On July 20, 1998 four members of a United Nations peacekeeping unit stationed in the mountains of Tajikistan, went missing. Their bodies were subsequently found strewn over a hillside near the wreckage of their vehicle. Each of the men had been shot in the head and chest. The murder threatened the UN peacekeeping mission in Tajikistan and the stability of a tenuous peace agreement which had ended a brutal civil war. As legal adviser to the UN mission, Ronald Poulton was involved in the trial of three members of a fundamentalist army arrested for the murder of the UN peacekeepers. In the following excerpt from his new book being released this week, Pale Blue Hope: Death and Life in Asian Peacekeeping, Poulton depicts part of that trial.
Monday, 04 May 2009 06:26

Editor's Desk - One tough job

Written by
Monday, 04 May 2009 06:22

Censorship in the Internet age

Written by
How would censorship work in the Internet age? Australia gives us a sneak preview of the gong show that ensues when medieval thinking is applied to a wired world.

Participants at the LegalIT 3.0 conference in Montreal last week were told that most judges welcome more technology in the courtroom and its up to lawyers to start using it more and push provinces to improve the technology infrastructure of court systems.


Click to watch the video... 

Philip Slayton, in his article entitled “Moral Neutrality is No Longer Enough” (Canadian Lawyer, February 2009), argues that the given the ethical problems of the 21st century, the practice of moral “neutrality” in the legal profession is no longer sustainable and must be left behind.
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 09:48

The ‘thick’ view of professionalism

Written by
You never know when you’ll hit a raw nerve.
<< Start < Prev 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Next > End >>
Page 13 of 18

Latest Videos

More Canadian Lawyer TV...

Digital Editions