Canada becoming a go-to destination for those seeking surrogate mothersNepal, Thailand and India, once popular destinations for Westerners seeking surrogate mothers, have now effectively closed their doors to international surrogacy. In a curious twist, Canada may be emerging as the new go-to destination for people from around the world wishing to become parents with the assistance of a surrogate mother. Why is this happening? Should we be concerned about it?
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Monday, 26 October 2015 09:00

The barbaric cultural practices tip line

The barbaric cultural practices tip lineThe following is a telephone conversation that might have happened but didn’t.

1-800-Turn-them-in: Hello, you've reached the Barbaric Cultural Practices Tip Line.

Caller: Is this where I can make a report under the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act?
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Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Combatting the lynch mob

Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Billie Holiday, in her 1939 song Strange Fruit, sang: “Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” She was singing about lynch mobs. In the southern United States, in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century, mobs of white people lynched black men for crimes that were presumed and never proven. Historians estimate about 3,500 black men were murdered in this way. With some notable exceptions, the legal profession looked the other way.
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Victims of ideology: All the ‘isms’ are now ‘wasms’“Saigon . . .  I’m still only in Saigon . . . Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle.”
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In a free society there is no right not to be offendedLawyers of a certain age will remember a case of the British Columbia Court of Appeal called Vander Zalm v. Times Publishers, where then-Minister of Human Resources for B.C., Bill Vander Zalm, was the subject of a scathing political cartoon drawn by Robert Bierman, depicting Vander Zalm happily pulling the wings off flies.
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Employers in Ontario will need to reconsider the manner in which they handle workplace issues involving disability management and human rights litigation after the Ontario Divisional Court recently upheld the 2012/2013 decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board v. Fair, wherein the tribunal ordered Sharon Fair be reinstated into suitable alternative employment with her previous employer after approximately a decade had passed since her dismissal. This was in addition to the tribunal employing its power to order approximately a decade of back wages from June 26, 2003 (the date an accommodated/alternative position was available for the applicant to return to), to the date of reinstatement.10 years on, tribunal orders employer to reinstate employee
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