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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.
Monday, 11 April 2016 09:59

Making the most of lunch

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Making the most of lunchGoing to lunch with a potential client without preparation and followup is a waste of your marketing dollars. Would you approach a matter without research and preparation? Are you committing “marketing malpractice?” By the way, is your etiquette losing you work and you don’t even know it?
Monday, 11 April 2016 09:00

The Intern is dead, long live The Intern!

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The Intern is dead, long live The Intern!“Double espresso to go, please!”
Exit strategies: What is your practice worth?Getting out of your practice is a reality sole and small practioners will one day face. The greying of the bar has made this a topical issue, especially in rural areas.
Video: Practice Made Perfect – Why curiosity mattersIn this month’s episode, business development coach Jane Southren talk about how most lawyers have curiosity wired into them, but even if that’s not true for you, it’s something you can and should cultivate.
Understanding risk boundaries when entering Canada to ‘work’I am often asked some variation of this question by new/potential clients, “Are you telling me that every company in Canada who has senior executives who live in another country and work frequently in Canada are getting work permits?”
Monday, 28 March 2016 09:00

Jail house of cards

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Jail house of cardsMy late mother, elegant into her 90s, loved to gather with her friends and enjoy a thoughtful, perhaps itself elegant game of bridge. I was thinking that if her afternoon bridge game was alive today, there would be uncomfortable hesitation in laying down that winning hand and declaring “trump.”
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