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It’s been 25 years since Askov but little has changedIn 1991, more than 47,000 criminal charges were thrown out of Ontario courts. Why? Because of systemic disregard for the Charter-protected right to a trial within a reasonable time and a man named Elijah Anton Askov.
Monday, 18 July 2016 09:57

Is today yesterday?

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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, 18 July 2016 09:00

Time to take bold steps towards independence

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Time to take bold steps towards independenceIs the time ripe for some fundamental changes at the Canadian Human Rights Commission? Marie-Claude Landry, who was appointed chief commissioner more than a year ago, thinks so.
Monday, 11 July 2016 05:00

Achieving staffing bliss

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Achieving staffing blissStaffing is a big issue for those of us in small or sole firm practice. We generally do not have a human resources department to assist us and the process of hiring can consume precious hours. Hiring the wrong staff can have dramatically negative consequences for a small office.
Video: Practice Made Perfect: You oughta be in pictures!In this month’s episode, business development consultant Jane Southern discusses some of the reasons why you should seriously consider videos as part of your content creation strategy.
The rule of law is even more important this yearYou might remember Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was president and controlling shareholder of oil company Yukos and the wealthiest man in Russia until his arrest in 2003 and subsequent conviction and imprisonment for fraud and tax evasion. It all happened around the same time he sought to create (and fund) a new political party to challenge the rule of Vladimir Putin.
Monday, 20 June 2016 10:37

Don’t post that rhino pic

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Don’t post that rhino pic“Please don’t post any of your rhino pictures on social media!”
On top of the world: Exploring mental health issuesWith a majestic view of Halifax harbour, in the wonderful meeting space of law firm McInnes Cooper, a group of lawyers, along with a law student, a legal assistant, and a law professor, talked about conceptions and misconceptions surrounding mental health, and how to promote law practices that are healthier and more productive, both for lawyers and their clients.
 
Monday, 20 June 2016 09:00

It’s all in the sentence

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It’s all in the sentenceImmigration law can be harsh and leave little or no room for discretion, compromise, or forgiveness. This is certainly true for a permanent resident who has committed a criminal offence of a certain calibre.
Monday, 20 June 2016 09:00

The war on drugs blindly marches on

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The war on drugs blindly marches onAfter 10 years of tough-on-crime ideology, Canada is back with a new and progressive Liberal government. At least this is the narrative.
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