Author Archives: Damian P.

About Damian P.

Lawyer with Bedford Law, Bedford, Nova Scotia.

The child support clawback

In several Canadian provinces (including Nova Scotia) child support payments are deducted from social assistance.  A group of single mothers in British Columbia has launched a court challenge against this policy: The case will argue that the deduction of child support … Continue reading

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Slow justice is no justice

A New Brunswick judge has been “mildly chastised” by the Canadian Judicial Council for taking so long to render her decisions: Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paulette Garnett was the subject of a complaint by an unknown person to the … Continue reading

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Hamas’ Jewish lawyer

There’s nothing wrong with defending unpopular people in court.  On the contrary, it’s downright admirable.  It’s what the criminal justice system is all about. But this guy gives off a definite Doug Christie vibe. (Or he would, if Doug Christie … Continue reading

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“The Rise and Fall of Aereo”

Damon Root, in the latest issue of Reason, has an interesting piece explaining the U.S. Supreme Court battle between Aereo, makers of a tiny antenna which allowed subscribers to watch and record TV broadcasts on their mobile phones, and the … Continue reading

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His condition was updated to “alive”

1990: man mysteriously disappears without a trace. 2000: his grieving wife reluctantly has him declared legally dead, and begins collecting his pension. 2010: man reappears, claiming he had amnesia. Now he has commenced legal action to recover the pension: …four … Continue reading

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The end of “custody” and “access”

A survey of Canadian family lawyers shows most opposed to a presumption that children should spend close to equal time with their divorced or separated parents, but overwhelming support for changing the outdated, confrontational terms currently used to describe the … Continue reading

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John Grisham is (partly) right

I still remember John Grisham’s hypocritical moral crusade against Oliver Stone’s last good movie, so I can’t deny feeling some shadenfreude watching him squirm over comments he made in an interview with The Telegraph: “We have prisons now filled with … Continue reading

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