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Laurelly Dale
For every tragedy involving gun violence there begins a cycle: public fear and disgust; politicians scrambling to appear to “do something” through new and ever more restrictive gun laws; ever more resources are committed to gun control; and then, the mission accomplished, attention shifts. The Queen of Soul dies. A bridge collapses. A royal baby...
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The #MeToo movement and the fallout from a high-profile Toronto sex assault acquittal are undermining long established fair trial rights, says Dale, principal of Dale Law Professional Corporation. “People are just jumping to these conclusions and assuming that people are guilty,” Dale points to the words of 18th-century English jurist Sir William Blackstone, who said, “It...
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“The default for every human being is to defend themselves. You want to deny and  explain why that person is lying or why it’s not possible for you to have done this,” Dale tells AdvocateDaily.com. “At that moment, it’s entirely reasonable to have that mindset but you need to take a step back and realize the severity of...
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There is no shame in asking legal professionals for their help at the front end in drafting these bills. Extensive consultation with lawyers is crucial. The government seems to be relying less and less on lawyers in drafting bills. This is apparent in Bills C-75 and 51. Are these recent half-baked bills the government’s way...
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The Charter rights that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father worked so hard to enshrine will be erased one amendment at a time. Due process is eliminated through four major amendments in Bill C-75. Key stakeholders such as the Criminal Lawyers’ Association were not consulted about Bill C-75. At least the Conservatives were up front about...
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Canadian Sarah Elliott was the first Canadian to finish the London marathon yesterday, with a time of 2:47:52, setting herself a new PB in the process. Elliott was fourth in the 18-39 age group in the hottest race in London’s history, with temperatures well over 20 C. Her training partner Laurelly Dale was second, in...
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