No, it is hardly the most glamorous topic. Indeed, not many lawyers would actually recognize the challenges involved in the accurate, intensive, scrutiny of preexisting and newly-drafted agreements. I did not begin reviewing such documents — normally, in a commercial or Internet-based context — until 2005. Before then, I was exclusively a litigator. I remain, to great degree a litigator. However, I believe that my litigation background actually complements the ability to carefully review documents, and identify aspects that could prove later problematic, setting up the potential for litigation. One thing that I have noted over the past decade is (1)
Last evening, I had an opportunity to attend a program co-sponsored by both the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. The program centered around a presentation and follow-up discussion regarding the best practices for addressing victims of sexual assault. As you might imagine, lawyers — including this one — have been confronted with clients and witnesses who presented as victims. The management of such individuals’ interests is not an easy one, requiring a certain level of strength, empathy, care, and — in each, individual situation, the capacity to gauge the best possible approach. The discussion was
For some background on the case, please reference the following CBC News article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/robert-dziekanski-questioning-the-public-interest-in-prosecuting-mounties-for-perjury-1.2813288. This is a tough case. For those who have not reviewed the above link, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the case, there remain ongoing perjury prosecutions against Mounties involved in the TASER-induced death of a suspect, Robert Dziekanski, back in 2007. The case represents an interesting, albeit not so rare, cross-section between Criminal Law, Human Rights Law and Labour Law. Interestingly, I was involved — as lawyer — in two,
The question frequently arises in my tax litigation practice whether or not the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA") will negotiate with taxpayers over owed tax debt. In other words, is there some method whereby CRA will accept a reduced amount in lieu of full payment?Can the taxes owed be negotiated with CRA?
First, a quick comment about yesterday’s incident on Parliament Hill. Obviously, it cannot be ignored. At this point, we know little, aside from the released name of the shooter; the name and background of the tragically, mortally wounded reserve officer; and the heroics of the House of Commons’ Sergeant-at-Arms. Obviously, better security protocols are in order. However, a bit of introspection — looking inward — is likely necessary to understand and adapt to changing circumstances. Hopefully, Canada does not succumb to the continuing mistakes of my home country, the United States, following its attacks of 13 years ago. Let’s get on
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/elections-nova-scotia-recommends-law-preventing-ballot-pictures-1.2807107 Over the past 24 hours, CBC News reported that Elections Nova Scotia is attempting to push recommendations for the penalization of a voter taking a photograph of his/her own ballot. I find the justification for any such penalties to be — to say the least — unconvincing. Voters should be able to take photos of their own ballots — at will. I believe that such a device helps to ensure the propriety and correctness of the voting process. Call me cynical — I only come from Florida, where I served (from 2004-2012) as chief county/regi
Interesting article from Huffington Post recounted Dollarama’s policy, in one of its Ontario-based stores of limiting access by high school students to ‘one-at-a-time.’ I view this policy as extremely problematic, and am not convinced by Dollarama’s justifications. First, if Ontario’s Human Rights Code is akin to Nova Scotia’s, I simply do not see how the company overcomes what might be deemed age discrimination. Next, although there may be understandable concerns regarding theft, there are remedies that could be adopted that do not involve restricting teens to enter the store one at a time. Dollarama is, from my understanding a p