Author Archives: Damian P.

About Damian P.

Lawyer with Bedford Law, Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Film Review: “The Hunt”

[originally posted, with a few editorial changes, at Canadian Lawyer]   A curious anomaly in our justice system; the offence with the most severe penalty under law is not the crime toward which most people feel the most personal revulsion. Maybe … Continue reading

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Murder without a body

Yesterday, the news we’d all been dreading was confirmed by Calgary police, and today a suspect was charged: The man police have been investigating in the disappearance of a missing Calgary family has been formally charged with their murders. Douglas Garland was … Continue reading

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Weekend viewing: “The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer”

It’s one of the most reviled cars of all time, but for a couple of years at least, it was a hit.  In fact, that was part of the problem: demand was so high that tiny American Motors ramped up … Continue reading

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The greatest criminal mind Nova Scotia has ever seen

The only way this story could be any better would be if he’d been wearing one of these “FBI: Female Body Inspector” T- shirts: A man in his 70s was observed impersonating a police officer at Aylesford Lake this past … Continue reading

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Fred Pattje: Great Canadian, or GREATEST Canadian?

Someday, statues will be erected and songs will be composed about Nanaimo city counsellor Fred Pattje, who took it upon himself to, um, ban an event to be held on city property because it would feature anti-gay religious rhetoric one of … Continue reading

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Why France can ban the burqa

With the Hobby Lobby outcry sucking all the air out of the room, another major religious-freedom decision isn’t getting much attention: Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) have upheld France’s burqa ban, accepting Paris’s argument that it encouraged citizens to “live … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of Hobby Lobby?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision exempting closely-held, for-profit corporations from having to pay for health plans that cover certain forms of contraception, should the owners have a religious objection to same. off to protest Hobby Lobby, anyone know … Continue reading

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