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Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

Dealing with those nuisance claims

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Gillian-Hnatiw.jpgWe’ve all had them. The claim that lands on your desk and, from the very first read through, promises to live up to its colloquial name: a nuisance.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Brahm-Siegel.jpgIf insufficient financial disclosure is the “cancer” of family law, the “heart disease” of our field at present is the frequency with which attacks on marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements are launched — and succeed.
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Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

Getting there

Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
A compassionate and moving ruling from a Toronto judge has focused attention on Gladue courts and other support mechanisms for aboriginal offenders, and of the progress, and lack of progress, since the landmark R. v. Gladue decision first came out.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Adam-Rodgers.jpgThe provincial government has announced the closure of three courthouses in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, as part of their 2015-16 budget. The courts in question are satellite facilities in Guysborough, Port Hood, and Baddeck, and cases that would have otherwise been heard at these locations will now be heard in regional Justice Centres.
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Monday, 30 March 2015 08:00

Defending yourself for being in court

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_richard-johnson.jpgRecently, I was in court on a summary trial and was asked plainly why my case had not been resolved.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_David_Fraser.jpgI often represent victims of true cyber bullying, including adults whose lives have been turned upside down by malicious online actors, so I am very sympathetic to the nominal goals of Nova Scotia’s Cyber-safety Act. But the legislation fails to take into account — in any way — that all expression is protected by the Charter and can only be regulated or suppressed by reasonable limits, prescribed by law.
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Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Light through the window

Illustration: Martin O'Neill
Illustration: Martin O'Neill
There were two casualties of the Canadian Judicial Council’s inquiry into Justice Lori Douglas. The first was Lori Douglas, by all accounts a competent and hard working associate chief justice of the Family Division of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. The other was the Canadian Judicial Council itself, which found itself battered and bruised in a four-year inquiry that turned the mirror on itself and its procedures.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Grey divorce is all about the math

Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
A few years ago Steven Benmor found himself in divorce court representing an 82-year-old client seeking to end a long-term marriage. After decades of living with the same man, she was divorcing her abusive husband. “They had fought over the years but this time he hit her and she said ‘screw you’ and went to the police. He was arrested and removed from the home. The children came out of the dark to help her and took sides. That created the divorce,” he says.
Published in Features
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Taking on the big guns

Photo: Kim Stallknect
Photo: Kim Stallknect
Aniz Alani says he’s “just a guy with a credit card and some vacation time.”
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Domestic violence issues will cut across many areas of law but the question remains whether it should be mandatory in law school, says Nick Bala.
Domestic violence issues will cut across many areas of law but the question remains whether it should be mandatory in law school, says Nick Bala.
While law schools continue to implement mandatory classes on domestic violence for first-year students, the burden to solve domestic violence cases should not fall on law schools alone, says one Queen’s University law professor.
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