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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.
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.
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