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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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It is not my position that for every #MeToo event held at law schools, there should be a responding Anti-#MeToo, but I am advocating for a balance. I do not recall personal attacks on students voicing dissenting opinions in class or protests being staged when I attended law school…. The reason we have a legal...
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Fresh cases are necessary to modernize Gladue. One of the most impactful judgments rendered this past year was R. v. Morrisseau 2017 ONCJ 307. Anyone involved in the criminal justice system in Canada should read this case. Morrisseau was the sentencing of an Aboriginal male from the Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. He pleaded...
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