The wife of Oshawa’s city solicitor says that on the night three years ago that her husband David Potts was kidnapped at gunpoint by a former councilor, she feared she might never see him again.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

Is there a new view on defence ethics?

Illustration: Scott Page
Illustration: Scott Page
What are the ethical boundaries for a lawyer defending someone accused of a sex crime? Is he a hired gun, expected to do everything legally possible to win the case, concerned only about the fate of his client, free to attack the complainant unreservedly in cross-examination, dedicated — as it is sometimes put — to proof, not truth? That, I think, was the old idea, unchallenged for many years.
Published in Commentary
More than sunny ways needed to address mandatory minimumsSunny ways. This is the promise of Justin Trudeau and his newly elected Liberal government. If there is one dark vestige of the Conservative government that could benefit from the light it is criminal justice policy.
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White-collar crime lawyer Norm Keith says project manager in Metron case did not have ‘criminal intent.’
White-collar crime lawyer Norm Keith says project manager in Metron case did not have ‘criminal intent.’
The construction project manager found guilty of criminal negligence in the deaths of four workers who fell from a scaffold in 2009 was sentenced to 3.5 years’ jail in a Toronto court today.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Not so fast with that rapid DNA

Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Forensic DNA testing often conjures up an image of technicians armed with pipets, looking gravely into mysterious blue fluids, and big, intimidating machines. But what if a new technology did to those technicians what e-mail did to the mailman?
Published in Features
Monday, 28 September 2015 09:00

The responsibilites of citizens of the world

The responsibilites of citizens of the worldIn a recent fascinating interview in the Financial Times, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, recounted his horrifying experience as a six-year-old Korean refugee who later came to idealize the UN as a “beacon” of hope in the world.
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Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00

Eye-opening

Photo: Carey Shaw
Photo: Carey Shaw
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its closing ceremony in Ottawa earlier this year with much attention and promise that Canada and its first peoples will finally be able to reconcile after years of damage caused by the Indian Residential School experience. For many, the TRC offered former students a chance to share their experiences in the church- and government-run institutions that stripped away their language, culture, and childhood. For others, it was a time to reflect on the last 20 years when the first residential school lawsuits started to make their way through Canada’s judicial system and leak into the media. At that time, the public knew very little about Indian residential schools, but was about to learn of the horrors that went on inside those mostly unknown-to-the-public institutions.
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

The Top 25 Most Influential

The Top 25 Most InfluentialCanadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its sixth year. Every year, the Top 25 is the magazine’s most-read, and most commented-on, feature. And once again, the number of nominations as well as votes in our public poll show how engaged our readers are in supporting and highlighting their colleagues who are doing extraordinary things both within the profession as well as beyond it.
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Tough on crime

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock
Three weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada spring ruling that mandatory minimums for illegal handgun possession were unconstitutional, a young man in Toronto was sentenced to three years in prison for that offence. The sentence was the same length as the previous minimum. Landrell Beals had no prior criminal record, a high school education, and the support of his family.
Published in Features
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Judges in a (St) Cloud

Judges in a (St) CloudThe recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. St-Cloud has created a buzz in the profession.
Published in Web exclusive content
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