Warren Kinsella: New SFH web site!

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Morton's Musings: Supreme Court Doubles Down on Jordan

R. v. Cody, 2017 SCC 31:                     Constitutional law — Charter of Rights  — Right to be tried within a reasonable time — Pre‑Jordan delay of more than five years between charges and anticipated end of trial — Whether accused’s right to be tried within reasonable time under s. 11 (b) of Canadian Charter of Rights and ...

Wise Law Blog: Paul Adam and Wise Law Office Featured on Lawyer’s Daily

BY PAUL B. ADAM  Last week, an interesting Ontario Court of Appeal case that I recently argued, Floward Enterprises v Winberg Estate 2017 ONCA 448, was featured on Lawyer’s Daily. The full article is available here. In most Court cases, there are two parties and both get the opportunity to plead their case before the ...

Politics and its Discontents: He Can Talk The Talk

But his sandal-clad feet cannot walk the walk. After the disastrous tenure of Paul Wells as national political affairs commentator, it was a real pleasure to see that The Toronto Star has called Tim Harper out of retirement. In his column today, Harper reminds us of some things that Justin Trudeau acolytes would prefer to ...

Montreal Simon: LGBT Rights and the Trudeau Legacy

After fighting for years for their human rights, and having to endure the most disgusting discrimination and violence, this was a good week for transgendered Canadians.A few days ago at a ceremony to mark Pride Month, they saw their flag raised on Parliament Hill for the first time.And yesterday they finally got their transgender bill of ...

Northern Reflections: His Waterloo?

Justin Trudeau is still riding high in the polls. But Michael Harris suggests that B.C. could turn out to be his Waterloo: Trudeau’s most immediate practical challenge to his feel-good, unbuttoned politics is the recent provincial election in British Columbia. Trudeau made a major political blunder in aligning himself with a government whose rape-and-pillage approach ...

Warren Kinsella: Accident victims 1, greedy trial lawyers 0

This is a huge decision, with historic implications. For usurious trial lawyers, it is an unmitigated disaster: they now face the realistic prospect of class action lawsuits by clients they have manipulated and ripped off. Meanwhile, anyone seen Ontario’s Attorney General? He’s been as invisible on this file as he has on a neo-Nazi rag ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Exorcising the errata of ego.

There can be no excuse for slovenly writing. There is that rude awakening when your e-mails include comments on your careless errors. Some days you get more than others. One reader was particularly incensed the other day over my rude and inaccurate remarks in discussing the United Kingdom and Brexit. While I admit the mea ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Marcello Sonata no.1 in F+

Filed under: Music Tagged: Largo-Allegro, Marcello – Sonata no. 1 in F major, on baroque cello, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude

A Puff of Absurdity: A Referral for a Referral for a Referral

I’m curious: what must have happened to provoke the powers that be to make the health care system so inanely bureaucratic that wait times for life-saving surgeries are dramatically increased because of all the referrals for referrals required? Who could it possibly benefit? I’ve written before about the system. After seeing an oncologist, to get ...

Alberta Politics: PC-Wildrose merger agreement leaves many unanswered questions for Wildrosers and the rest of us

PHOTOS: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney shake on their merger plan in this Wildrose photo. Below: Lacking anything better to illustrate this story with, here are a couple of party logos. If anything’s clear from trying to make sense of the agreement that outlines the scheme to merge ...

DeSmogBlog: Special Committee Says Canadians Should Have Legal Right to Healthy Environment…Like the Rest of the Developed World

When it comes to developed nations Canada is a laggard on the environmental rights front. Legally speaking, Canadians don’t enjoy the right to a healthy environment like the citizens of 93 per cent of UN member countries do. But that could all change in light of a new set of recommendations delivered to Ottawa by a ...

Politics and its Discontents: Even Fox Has Its Limits

I knew this accusation would be made, but even Fox wanted no part of it. Recommend this Post

DeSmogBlog: First Nations Chief Hopeful For Stop to Site C, More Balanced Approach to Resource Extraction

Roland Willson is a practical man. As chief of the West Moberly First Nation in northeastern B.C., he’s got to be. “The natural gas industry is the main source of employment,” Willson said over coffee in Victoria this week, before heading into meetings with the B.C. NDP and B.C. Green parties. “It’s a natural resource economy ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Seven Mexican journalists murdered in first half of 2017

Mexico continues to be the one of the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist. Martín Méndez Pineda of Acapulco tried to get asylum in the US, but after being detained for 100 days in not-very-good conditions, he gave up and returned to Mexico. He is not safe there. Patricia Mayorga of ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: In court: Communities take on Metro Vancouver coal port project

Thursday, June 15, 2017 At the end of May, as a summer law student at West Coast Environmental Law, I attended Federal Court as an observer at the hearing where the Communities and Coal Society and Voters Taking Action on Climate Change called into question the legality of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s approval of ...

CuriosityCat: Trump: The asymmetric revolutionary warrior

Asymmetric Beaver Why are Americans reeling in dismay over the state of politics? Why is the American media locked into total disbelief every day? What has happened? A revolution. Donald Trump is President, the result of a campaign that was totally different from any other; and is governing in a manner that is different (Read ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alphabet Stage by Linda Phillips tops Audreys Edmonton Bestseller List

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended June 11, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Alphabet Stage (Children’s) – Linda M. Phillips* 2. Two Times a Traitor (Children’s) – Karen Bass* 3. Cityscapes in ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law Toronto for Thursday June 15, 2017. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. When a person is married in Ontario, the marriage automatically revokes a prior Last Will made by that person. The sole exception to this rule is a Last Will that is specifically made ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Oppressor and Oppressed Nations: Sketching a Taxonomy of Imperialism (by Gabriel Kuhn)

Introduction In recent years, the left has shown a renewed interest in anti-imperialism. This is an encouraging development, since global economic injustice remains one of the most glaring contradictions of the capitalist order. After having been a central part of anti-capitalist struggles in the 1970s, anti-imperialism largely vanished from left radars. Among the reasons were ...

The Political Road Map: Hate Speech is Free Speech

I know, you’re reading my entry title and thinking, wow…that is one bold statement or rather, what the hell is this guy thinking!? Free speech is a right that all humans should have, this is a basic, but crucial statement regarding life on Earth. After experiencing people of all places along the spectrum practice their ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: DIVISIBLE: Breaking Up the US (by Bromma, 6-17)

As US politics lurches rapidly to the right, worried residents wonder about getting out. Friends talk among themselves about moving to Canada, Europe, Mexico–anywhere to escape Trumpland. Taking a different angle, some activists propose separating the “blue states” from the “red states,” essentially redrawing the map of North America. One plan calls for the West ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the current state of the federal NDP’s leadership race – and how the potential outcomes would figure to affect Canada’s broader political scene. For further reading…– L. Ian MacDonald discusses how the NDP’s campaign (unlike the Conservatives’) is actually offering meaningful debate and choices.  – Eric Grenier takes a look at what we ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Sarah O’Connor examines the inconsistent relationship between job quantity and quality as another example of how it’s misleading to think of policy choices solely in terms of the number of jobs generated. Angela Monaghan discusses how wages continue to stagnate in the UK despite a low unemployment ...

Northern Reflections: More Than Softwood and Dairy Products

In the coming NAFTA re-negotiations, Linda McQuaig argues that we should focus on Article 605 of the agreement: Article 605 limits the power of governments to cut back energy exports. So, for instance, Canada must continue to make available to Americans the same proportion of our energy as in the previous three years. If there ...