Monday, 05 April 2010 06:48

Climbing every mountain

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Climbing every mountainOntario’s criminal lawyers waged a heated and lengthy battle with the provincial government over legal aid rates last year, boycotting homicide and guns-and-gangs cases. After eight months of conflict, the provincial government in January agreed to increase lawyers’ tariffs, pledging a five-per-cent raise for each of the next seven years. The defence bar rejoiced at the news that lawyers would no longer have to take on the most serious of cases at a monetary loss, all costs considered. What few know, however, is that it might never have happened without Marie Henein.
Monday, 01 March 2010 07:05

When temptation bites

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When temptation bitesSometime prior to 7 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2009, a man stood on a road bridge overlooking the Don Valley in east-end downtown Toronto. Apparently wracked with despair and shame, he climbed up and over and leapt into oblivion. The 39-year-old lawyer died in the gravel down below, leaving a slew of unanswered questions in his wake.
Monday, 01 February 2010 06:38

Getting away with murder

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Getting away with murderPersonal injury lawyer and former Quebec justice minister Marc Bellemare thought he’d seen the summit of injustice 20 years ago, when a drunken army corporal who killed four young people during a high-speed chase through a Quebec City suburb received $86,000 in indemnities for a lost eye — twice the amount the victims’ grieving families got in total.
Monday, 01 February 2010 06:28

Labour law central to constitutional fight

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Labour law central to constitutional fightIf there is a battle being waged over the tenets of Canada’s Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the ground where the fight is taking place could very well be in labour and employment law. In recent years, the Supreme Court of Canada has been called upon to decide on myriad constitutional challenges, including the Charter obligations of jurisdictions or employers.

Sunday, 03 January 2010 20:00


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UnsettledA priest’s child porn charges and the opposition of some victims are casting a pall over a groundbreaking agreement between the Diocese of Antigonish and sexual abuse victims.
Sunday, 03 January 2010 20:00

The hot topic of hot tubbing

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Proposed rule changes for expert testimony at the Federal Court have IP lawyers all hot and bothered.The hot topic of hot tubbing


Monday, 23 November 2009 04:38

Getting more from DNA

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Getting more from DNA“Indigo is a bugger,” says Derrill Prevett, a Nanaimo, B.C.-based prosecutor, talking about the problems with extracting and analyzing DNA samples from evidence sources such as indigo-dyed fabrics like blue jeans.


Monday, 23 November 2009 04:27

More legal work going inside

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More legal work going insideThere will be a greater demand for corporate legal work in 2010, but law firms will not likely be reaping the benefits according to the annual Canadian Lawyer corporate counsel survey.
Monday, 23 November 2009 04:21

Purdy Crawford: Doing it all

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Purdy Crawford: Doing it allHe hails from Five Islands, a small community overlooking the Bay of Fundy on the coast of Nova Scotia; an idyllic setting where most of the town’s 300 or so residents lead a relatively simple life. Yet Purdy Crawford, fueled with drive and ambition, early on in his career decidedly ensured his life would be anything but simple.
Sunday, 04 October 2009 21:00

Push and pull of copyright reform

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By definition, parody involves the imitation of someone else’s work. So how do you square that notion with copyright laws that by their nature restrict such mimicking?

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