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  • The ban on surreptitiously recording conversations must apply to all lawyers

    Apr 8, 2019

    Under Section 7.2(3) of the B.C. Code of Professional Conduct, a lawyer is prohibited from using any device to record a conversation between the lawyer and a client or another lawyer even if lawful, without first informing the other person of the intention to do so. The language is virtually identical for lawyers in Ontario and other provinces and a breach of this rule is a breach of a lawyer’s ethical duties and could conceivably lead to a fine, or in very extreme cases, suspension or disbarment.

  • The legality and morality of covert phone-call-recording

    Apr 8, 2019

    Just because there is not a law prohibiting an act does not make that act right or moral. Criminality should not and cannot represent the line of propriety in politics. A defence that no law was broken is usually the last line of defence for the morally bankrupt. So the real question is if Wilson-Raybould’s actions were moral? Was taping the conversation the right thing to do?

  • SNC-Lavalin affair raises the issue of the role of former judges

    Mar 25, 2019

    The SNC-Lavalin scandal has proven to be an insatiable beast with tentacles reaching deep into the political and legal worlds — perhaps even as far as the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Gerald Butts' quarrel with Jody Wilson-Raybould's evidence falls short

    Mar 11, 2019

    Gerald Butts came to the justice committee not to bury Canada’s former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould but to praise her. He told the committee that he was not going to “quarrel” with Wilson-Raybould’s evidence and pledged not to say a “single negative word about her.” And then he did just that.

  • Attempts to obstruct were 'persistent and pernicious and willful', says former Conservative AG

    Attempts to obstruct were 'persistent and pernicious and willful', says former Conservative AG

    Feb 28, 2019

    Testifying in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described the alleged attempts by the prime minister’s office to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin as “inappropriate but not illegal.” Testifying in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described the alleged attempts by the prime minister’s office to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin as “inappropriate but not illegal.”

  • SNC-Lavalin, Wilson-Raybould and a sad state of affairs

    Feb 25, 2019

    We don’t know what actually happened to create such a tsunami of uninformed accusations, but it is time to stop, take a breath and end the careless accusations that are damaging institutions and individuals.

  • The real scandal in the SNC-Lavalin affair

    Feb 25, 2019

    Last week, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick delivered some jaw-dropping evidence at the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearing into allegations that inappropriate political pressure was directed at former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut SNC-Lavalin a sweetheart deal.

  • What constitutes privilege when you're the attorney general?

    What constitutes privilege when you're the attorney general?

    Feb 15, 2019

    Not every communication made between a lawyer and their client is subject to solicitor-client privilege — only legal advice is covered, and when it comes to the alleged pressure the Prime Minister’s Office may have put on former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to not prosecute SNC-Lavalin, that would not necessarily be privileged, ethics lawyers say.

  • CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM

    CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM

    Feb 12, 2019

    The Canadian Bar Association passed a motion at its annual general meeting defining diversity after a multi-year consultation.

  • SNC-Lavalin controversy could contain key to Wilson-Raybould's shortcomings

    Feb 11, 2019

    Maybe I was wrong all along. Maybe Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, was honestly trying to follow through on the government’s progressive pre-election justice promises.

  • New federal justice minister was law prof

    New federal justice minister was law prof

    Jan 14, 2019

    In Monday morning’s Cabinet shuffle, prime minister Justin Trudeau appointed David Lametti, MP for the Montreal riding of LaSalle–Émard–Verdun, as the new federal justice minister and Attorney General, replacing Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was shuffled to Veterans Affairs.

  • Among Premier's influencers and the AG's true role, Mulroney is absent

    Sep 24, 2018

    In the end, Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney may have prevailed in the Court of Appeal, but she certainly has nothing to celebrate.

  • Influence beyond partisanship: Our Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers

    Aug 7, 2018

    As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States

  • After Danforth shooting, no solutions just political theatre

    Aug 7, 2018

    Unfortunately, time and time again, political rationality has proven to be an impossibility following high profile incidents. And it seems that the fallout from this tragedy will be no different.

  • AG Mulroney's big debut is a throwback fail

    Jul 16, 2018

    Ontario’s new Attorney General Caroline Mulroney is going to face a steep learning curve when it comes to criminal justice issues.

  • Will new Ontario AG Caroline Mulroney address inefficiencies in legal system?

    Will new Ontario AG Caroline Mulroney address inefficiencies in legal system?

    Jul 3, 2018

    Caroline Mulroney was appointed Ontario’s attorney general June 29 and some lawyers say they’ll be watching for her to examine the inefficiencies of the legal system — and they are divided on how she could fix it.

  • Who will be Ontario‚Äôs next attorney general?

    Who will be Ontario’s next attorney general?

    Jun 11, 2018

    Who will be Ontario’s next attorney general? It would seem premier-designate Doug Ford has a number of lawyers to choose from based on those who won in their respective ridings on June 7.

  • COA overturns ruling in case involving beaten inmate

    COA overturns ruling in case involving beaten inmate

    May 28, 2018

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a summary judgment ruling that found Correctional Service Canada liable for negligence after a man was injured in a 2013 jail beating.

  • Michael Bryant appointed head of Canadian Civil Liberties Association

    Michael Bryant appointed head of Canadian Civil Liberties Association

    Jan 15, 2018

    Michael Bryant says he’ll bring an interest in issues affecting people who ‘live on and near the streets’ to his role with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

  • Unjust HIV criminalization is a national disgrace: here’s how Canada can end it

    Dec 20, 2017

    Unscientific, unhealthy and unjust: that’s the state of HIV criminalization in Canada.