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How I learned to stop worrying and love my first client (part 1)“I assume you’re calling me because you’ve reviewed the file. So, what’s the theory of the case? Have you started researching the personal liability of sole shareholders?”
Playing field in sexual abuse cases must be levelled furtherThe cover story of this month’s Canadian Lawyer magazine underscores how little has really changed in the criminal justice system in terms of prevailing attitudes against women.
Video: Practice Made Perfect - How to become a trusted adviserFor lawyers, the holy grail of business development is to become a “trusted adviser,” but how does one achieve it? In this month’s episode, business development coach Jane Southren talks about earning that vaulted status.
Timing is everything in the marijuana decriminalization businessIt’s an odd coincidence that I’m writing this article around 4:20 p.m. on 4/20 from Vancouver — 4/20 being common urban slang for marijuana consumption that has now morphed into a cultural trademark for those who wish to decriminalize it and draw political attention on April 20 each year.
When is natural death reasonably foreseeable?After much suspense and speculation, the federal government introduced bill C-14, on medical assistance in dying, on April 14, 2016. The bill allows people of at least 18 years of age with capacity and eligibility for government-funded health services in Canada to make a voluntary request for, and give informed consent to, medical assistance in dying if they have a grievous and irremediable medical condition.
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Hold the champagne . . .

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Hold the champagne . . .Alas, the transatlantic data transfer celebrations may have been premature after all.
The Criminal Code is a weighty book — literallyThe 2016 Martin’s Annual Criminal Code weighs in at a hefty 1.8 kilograms of rules, regulations, presumptions, and penalties.
Daniels v. Canada: A case of simple answers with significant consequencesOn April 14, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited judgment in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development). The case was started by now-deceased Métis leader Harry Daniels in 1999. Despite the case’s enormous documentary record and 17-year legal odyssey, the judgment is short and unanimous. It provides simple answers to key questions that have left Métis and non-status Indians in a “jurisdictional wasteland” for generations.
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Valuable lessons come from working for free

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Valuable lessons come from working for freeThis year I will have been called to the bar for 10 years. Such a milestone necessarily results in reflection, and so I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned and the valuable experiences I have had.
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Spies like us

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Spies like usWhen we think of spies, we think of dark, smoke-filled places, and cynical, world-weary operatives skulking in and out of shadows. Or, if not the Cold War version, the cartoon-like James Bond.
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