“Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

This province's new Cyber Safety Act, drafted after the horrible Rehteah Parsons case came to light, officially took effect yesterday. The law firm of Stewart McKelvey published this brief summary of the new law: Cyberbullying is defined in the Act as: any electronic communication through the use of technology including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, … Continue reading “Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

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It’s dirty work (and lawyers get to do it)

Canadian Lawyer's Gail Cohen praises the late Doug Christie for representing people many lawyers wouldn't touch: Christie, often called The Battling Barrister or Counsel for the Damned, became notorious for his defence of some of the most reviled hatemongers in the country. His clients included holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, former Nazi guard Michael Seifert, fascist … Continue reading It’s dirty work (and lawyers get to do it)

Book review: A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy by Craig Jones

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] When s. 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada was referred to the British Columbia Supreme Court, I wrote that I believed the law was clearly unconstitutional in its current form: If this case was about legal recognition of polygamy — with massive implications for family law and even immigration policy — it … Continue reading Book review: A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy by Craig Jones

Book review: “From the Closet to the Altar”

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] In 1957, a prominent American group denounced homosexuality as “socially heretical or deviant,” and determined that laws against it posed no constitutional problems. That organization: the American Civil Liberties Union. For years thereafter, “sodomy” was a criminal offence in every state. In 2012, the president of the United States spoke out … Continue reading Book review: “From the Closet to the Altar”

“How About Defending Speech Because It’s Speech, Not Because You Agree With It?”

I want to print this post from Popehat, frame it and mount it on my wall. ...Say that someone sues, or threatens, or abuses someone whose ideas you despise, someone whose good faith you doubt, someone working for political or social ends you are struggling against. If that censor is successful in any measure, are you harmed? Yes. You are … Continue reading “How About Defending Speech Because It’s Speech, Not Because You Agree With It?”

The other “Jesus shirt” case

Nova Scotians who followed the "Life is Wasted Without Jesus" controversy may be interested in this markedly similar case from Ohio, where a student's T-shirt was banned because of a controversial religious message. The difference? In the Ohio case, the shirt read, "Jesus is Not a Homophobe."

Andrew Coyne, not surprisingly, has the best take I've read on the anniversary of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and what the rule of law truly means: That we have become a noticeably freer and fairer country in the 30 years since the Charter became law I do not dispute. But the changes it has … Continue reading

Review: “You Can’t Read This Book” by Nick Cohen

(Originally posted, in slightly different form, at Canadian Lawyer) Britain's plaintiff-friendly libel laws are so infamous, they've even inspired a gag on South Park.  In the notorious "Trapped in the Closet" episode, young Stan Marsh - thought to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard - announces that the "religion" is a giant scam.  Scientologist … Continue reading Review: “You Can’t Read This Book” by Nick Cohen