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  • The judicial system can’t withstand political interference

    May 27, 2019

    The Canadian justice system is one of the pillars that supports our democracy. The rule of law gives people a legal recourse to hold those in power to account.

  • The carbon tax - Waiting for peace, order and good government

    May 20, 2019

    The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional. The court also proclaimed that climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is one of the great existential issues of our time.

  • A step forward or new concerns? Examining the proposed Trade-marks Act

    May 20, 2019

    The proposed Trademarks Act is a significant departure from the current Trade-marks Act. Trademark lawyers in Ontario should realize how it will impact their practice and subsequently how they advise their clients.

  • The ban on surreptitiously recording conversations must apply to all lawyers

    Apr 8, 2019

    Under Section 7.2(3) of the B.C. Code of Professional Conduct, a lawyer is prohibited from using any device to record a conversation between the lawyer and a client or another lawyer even if lawful, without first informing the other person of the intention to do so. The language is virtually identical for lawyers in Ontario and other provinces and a breach of this rule is a breach of a lawyer’s ethical duties and could conceivably lead to a fine, or in very extreme cases, suspension or disbarment.

  • The legality and morality of covert phone-call-recording

    Apr 8, 2019

    Just because there is not a law prohibiting an act does not make that act right or moral. Criminality should not and cannot represent the line of propriety in politics. A defence that no law was broken is usually the last line of defence for the morally bankrupt. So the real question is if Wilson-Raybould’s actions were moral? Was taping the conversation the right thing to do?

  • SNC-Lavalin affair raises the issue of the role of former judges

    Mar 25, 2019

    The SNC-Lavalin scandal has proven to be an insatiable beast with tentacles reaching deep into the political and legal worlds — perhaps even as far as the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Gerald Butts' quarrel with Jody Wilson-Raybould's evidence falls short

    Mar 11, 2019

    Gerald Butts came to the justice committee not to bury Canada’s former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould but to praise her. He told the committee that he was not going to “quarrel” with Wilson-Raybould’s evidence and pledged not to say a “single negative word about her.” And then he did just that.

  • Scandal and matriarchy: How Jody Wilson-Raybould makes me want to be a better lawyer

    Mar 4, 2019

    There were so many standout moments from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before the House of Commons Justice Committee on Feb. 27. But, for me, one line stood out the most: “I come from a long line of matriarchs and I am a truth teller in accordance with the laws and traditions of our Big House — this is who I am and who I will always be.”

  • Protecting Canada‚Äôs elections

    Protecting Canada’s elections

    Mar 4, 2019

    When Yves Côté became commissioner of Canada Elections nearly seven years ago, enforcing Canada’s elections law was straightforward.

  • Public servants in the spotlight

    Mar 4, 2019

    When people ask me who my typical reader at Canadian Lawyer is, my response is that the name says it all. We write about and for all kinds of lawyers in Canada, in all parts of the country.

  • Attempts to obstruct were 'persistent and pernicious and willful', says former Conservative AG

    Attempts to obstruct were 'persistent and pernicious and willful', says former Conservative AG

    Feb 28, 2019

    Testifying in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described the alleged attempts by the prime minister’s office to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin as “inappropriate but not illegal.” Testifying in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described the alleged attempts by the prime minister’s office to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin as “inappropriate but not illegal.”

  • SNC-Lavalin, Wilson-Raybould and a sad state of affairs

    Feb 25, 2019

    We don’t know what actually happened to create such a tsunami of uninformed accusations, but it is time to stop, take a breath and end the careless accusations that are damaging institutions and individuals.

  • The real scandal in the SNC-Lavalin affair

    Feb 25, 2019

    Last week, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick delivered some jaw-dropping evidence at the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearing into allegations that inappropriate political pressure was directed at former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut SNC-Lavalin a sweetheart deal.

  • Broken promises in C-75

    Nov 5, 2018

    In 2015, prior to the last federal election, the then-third-party Liberals made three promises that warmed the hearts of lawyers who work in the criminal-justice trenches.

  • Grading Trudeau on justice reform

    Grading Trudeau on justice reform

    Mar 5, 2018

    While the Liberal government has moved forward with some reforms, many promises remain unfulfilled.

  • Trudeau’s efforts at justice reform

    Mar 5, 2018

    Has Justin Trudeau followed through on his promises for justice reform? Now that he is more than halfway through his elected term, we decided to give him a report card.

  • What the fuss about ticking a box on the Canada Summer Jobs application is about

    Feb 20, 2018

    When the success of your government grant application depends on agreeing with a government opinion, then there is bound to be a fuss.

  • Blaming shootings on carding decline defies logic

    Feb 12, 2018

    Between 2011 and 2014, the Ottawa police stopped and questioned 45,802 people who were not committing any crimes.

  • LPP programs kick off for third year in pilot project

    Aug 23, 2016
  • Lawyer wins new discipline hearing due to disclosure problems

    Nov 27, 2015