Author Archives: Damian P.

About Damian P.

Lawyer with Bedford Law, Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Why the foiled Halifax shooting plot (allegedly) wasn’t terrorism

This Canadian Press article by Laura Kane explains how the distinction between “terrorism” and mere criminal activity can be blurry, and why the alleged plot to shoot up the Halifax Shopping Centre this past weekend doesn’t qualify as a terror … Continue reading

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The Carter ruling is correct, though I don’t agree with it

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Criminal Code provisions making assisted suicide illegal: In a charter precedent that will go down in the history books as Carter vs. Canada, the court unanimously struck down the ban on providing a … Continue reading

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The unluckiest man in Quebec

Supreme Court says this poor sod loses a $27-million jackpot because thermal printers are kinda slow. — Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) January 29, 2015 I feel awful for this poor guy, but if the convenience store clerk was telling the … Continue reading

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The 50% divorce myth

Everyone “knows” half of all American marriages end in divorce, and that was indeed the case in the 1970s and 1980s.  But it isn’t true today: Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today … Continue reading

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Blasphemy is a crime in Canada

Not because we’re living under the Stephen Harper Christofascist dictatorship, though. (Sorry, Michael Harris.)  It’s actually a law that hasn’t been enforced successfully since 1935, but remains part of the Criminal Code of Canada: Section 296 of the Criminal Code … Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie

  “If a large enough group of someones is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said, because otherwise the violent have veto power over liberal civilization, and when that scenario … Continue reading

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Apparently 12 people were killed because of this

The question is, will other Western media outlets show solidarity with Charlie Hebdo by lifting their self-imposed ban on showing images (satirical or otherwise) of the Prophet Mohammed? Update: not promising: @Yair_Rosenberg notes that The Telegraph is blurring out Charle … Continue reading

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