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Monday, 13 August 2012 09:00

Kill your darlings, before they kill you

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“In writing, you must kill all your darlings,” according to the American writer William Faulkner. Journalists have relied on a more graphic version of this advice. “Kill your babies,” they say to the novice reporter. If you fall in love with an idea or turn of phrase, chances are you’re the only one who can see the merit in it. Letting it go will save your work from relegation to the trash heap.
Monday, 13 August 2012 09:00

The connection between human rights and faith

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgJean Vanier, the Catholic priest and founder of l’Arche, wrote in Community and Growth: “The fundamental questions of humanity are always around love and hate, guilt and forgiveness, peace and war, truth and lies (or illusions), the meaning of life and death, and belief in God.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgClass actions are meant to achieve access to justice — an amorphous idea subject to as many interpretations as there are participants in the justice system. Access to justice should include not only the ability to seek and retain qualified and competent legal counsel and the ability to have one’s case heard by an independent and impartial judiciary; it should also mean the ability to have a complaint prosecuted and tried within a reasonable period of time. Unfortunately, there seem to be an unlimited number of obstacles to litigants obtaining access to a judicial determination of their cases in a reasonably timely manner, and those obstacles are compounded in the class action setting.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2012_July_making_rain_29.jpgIn this month’s business development and practice management coaching column, executive coach Debra Forman helps you shift your "default" tendencies and expectations when it comes to taking next steps with your business development goals and practice management efforts.
Imagine leaving a marriage after years of physical and emotional abuse, only to have a psychologist disbelieve your story and recommend custody of your kids to your ex spouse.
Monday, 23 July 2012 10:48

The king can do wrong

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirk_baert.jpgHistorically, the Crown was immune from tortious liability. Modern legislation exposed the Crown to liability in tort, like any other citizen.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgThe “faster removal of foreign criminals act” sounds like a good plan and has a catchy name. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has even established his own petition so you can click on a link and show that yes, you too are tough on crime.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgSo many of us connect and market ourselves by way of social media sites. We have personal profiles, professional profiles, public and private personas. We put so much information about ourselves out into the ‘public’ domain and while most of us are aware on some level that this information is or might be personal information, we post it nonetheless and rely on site-related policies and the law to protect us from intrusive access, collection, and exploitation of information about us.
A Separation (2011); 123 min; Drama (Iran)
A Separation (2011); 123 min; Drama (Iran)
I went into the Iranian film A Separation expecting a film about, well, a separation. And on its surface, the movie is about the breakdown of a marriage between two upper-middle-class professionals in Tehran, and the effect upon their preteen daughter.
Monday, 16 July 2012 10:33

Third world approaches to international law

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgWhose interests does the current international law system protect? As an administrator I know all too well that all organizational systems are designed to protect the organization’s interests. They are far from being arbitrary, meaningless “paperwork.” While the workers who need to fill forms and submit reports in specific formats at set deadlines, or follow the unexplained policies complain about the “uselessness” of the hurdles, the administration will always remain mute and unflinching. “These are the rules,” it will say, without further explanation and sometimes with a shrug of its shoulders.
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