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Monday, 09 January 2012 09:51

Faith, secularism, and human rights

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgWhile it is easy to grasp the need for protection of the right to practise one’s faith in order to avoid religious persecution, recent events involving religious extremism and reactions to real and perceived — or misperceived — extremism have highlighted other tensions and challenges that involve the state. In addition, with the recent announcement of the creation of Canada’s new Office for Religious Freedom, it seems like an opportune moment to reflect on the connection between faith, secularism, and human rights.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_alan_acton_2011.jpgHeadlines like: “How Europe is preparing for a debt disaster,” “The coming economic crash,” and “U.S. and U.K. on brink of debt disaster,” have caused financial shock waves felt around the world. The origin of the current crisis, the economic and political mess in Europe, has sent equity markets plunging worldwide. This has left many professional money mangers scratching their heads on how to allocate their clients’ money, and is even forcing some former “stars” right out of the business.
You’re back at the office, after the season of merriment, stuffed turkey, and promises of a better year ahead. If you’re lucky, you’ve come back from a few days of sun and sand.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 15:09

Video: Making Rain - Episode 22 - Taking inventory

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_videos_makingrain-debra-22.jpgIn this last episode of 2011, executive coach Debra Forman notes that it's the best time to take an inventory of your business development achievements of the past year and use that intel to start rainmaking planning for next year.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:15

The shark whisperer

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Tony Wilson shark diving.
Tony Wilson shark diving.
Having recently returned from a week of scuba diving with great white sharks in Guadalupe, Mexico (a rather barren rock, about 275 kilometres off the west coast of the Baja), I believe I have earned some bragging rights about this endeavour, as well as the right to make a political statement or two about sharks and shark fin soup. So keep reading.

Monday, 19 December 2011 10:25

My Christmas wish list

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgJust because I’m too old to believe in Santa Claus, doesn’t mean I’m too old to make a wish list. In fact, I have many of them. Keeping in mind that tongue is largely firmly planted in cheek, my wish list this year might look something like this:
Monday, 19 December 2011 09:54

The change train is picking up speed

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgFirst I would be remiss if I didn’t thank each of you who, for whatever reasons, have taken the time to read my ramblings again this past year. I know you have choices and that you make this column one of them is very gratifying.
Monday, 19 December 2011 09:48

To charge or not to charge — a consultation fee

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Lawyers, particularly those new to the practice, often wonder whether they should be charging an initial consultation fee. The dilemma is obvious: lawyers want to get new clients in the door but, at the same time, also want to be paid for their services.
Monday, 19 December 2011 09:44

Ethical development on indigenous lands

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgOn Nov. 25, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre had the privilege of hosting the leader of the Achuar people of Peru, Peas Peas Ayui. There are 11,000 Achuar people who live in the Peruvian Amazon. Ayui is the newly elected leader of the National Achuar Federation, representing 42 Achuar communities. He came to speak about his request to Talisman Energy Inc. to not drill for oil on Achuar land. Gregor MacLennan, the Peru program co-ordinator for Amazon Watch provided interpretation and participated in the question and answer session that followed.
Monday, 12 December 2011 09:33

In the Flesch: Summary judgment year zero

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_andrew_lewis.jpgThrow out the law that has been piling up since Smells Like Teen Spirit charted in 1991. Never to be heard again from the mouths of litigators are the names Pizza Pizza, Irving Ungerman, and Aguonie. And consign the cases under the new Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 20 decided in 2010 and 2011 to the dustbin of history.
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