Bill Trudell

Bill Trudell

Veteran criminal defence lawyer Bill Trudell brings the conversation around to issues of importance to the criminal bar and the legal profession as a whole.

Love in the time of corona

Spirit of global cooperation and trust is essential for getting through pandemic, writes Bill Trudell

A plea to speak up for the independence of judicial appointments

Ontario attorney general’s recent proposals constitute “unacceptable influence,” says Bill Trudell

Stability of the judiciary essential in the new ‘Roaring Twenties’

Ontario seems to be toying with important balance of powers in a democratic state, argues Bill Trudell

Dear Santa

Bill Trudell asks Santa for gifts for Canadian and world leaders – and the gift of kindness for all

Judicial appointments unplugged

Ontario’s appointment process isn’t broken and doesn’t need fixing; in fact, it is heralded throughout Canada

Costumed Blackface can be washed off. Labels, not so much

Costumed Blackface can be washed off. Labels, not so much

Irresponsible and politically motivated labelling degrades political discourse and democratic institutions, says Bill Trudell

Seize the day

Seize the day

Bill Trudell shares lessons learned amid grief and loss

Civility is in you

Civility is in you

In his Sidebars column, Bill Trudell laments the deteriorating adherence to the Mark Twain adage: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Ode to judicial joy

Winston Churchill said: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” I was reminded of this as I attended a moving and joyful swearing-in ceremony of two new judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on May 21.

The politics of shaping clouds

Clouds offer us an opportunity to see things differently, sometimes only what we want to see and too often what others want us to see. This is happening in our world, especially in politics, in social media and in our day-to-day interactions. Clouds of incivility, mistrust and misinformation are shaping opinions, perspectives, driving us apart and far away from a clear picture.