A great weekend for online justice

In addition to the woman killed and others injured at Charlottesville, two innocent people had their lives turned upside down by the online mob. First, "alt-right" supporters (and even some mainstream conservatives) fingered the wrong guy as the owner/driver who mowed down demonstrators with his car: Prominent alt-right media personalities and websites framed a Michigan … Continue reading A great weekend for online justice

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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 major American TV networks.  "Subscribers" might be the key word here. I get the impression … Continue reading “The Rise and Fall of Aereo”

Mark Steyn’s self-destructive streak

As a longtime fan of Steyn's writing, I'm disappointed to see him doing pretty much everything you should never do when you're the defendant in a defamation suit: In 2012—after writers for National Review and a prominent conservative think tank accused him of fraud and compared him to serial child molester Jerry Sandusky—climate scientist Michael Mann took the … Continue reading Mark Steyn’s self-destructive streak

“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

Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] “My children did a lot of cruelty toward me.” - Mohammad Shafia, testifying at his trial for murdering his first wife and three daughters His daughters’ “cruelty” manifested itself in several ways: wearing revealing and immodest clothing, dating boys, and refusing to follow his strict orders. And for that, they had … Continue reading Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

A Separation

[This review originally appeared at CanadianLawyerMag.com.] I went into the Iranian film A Separation expecting a film about, well, a separation. And on its surface, the movie is about the breakdown of a marriage between two upper-middle-class professionals in Tehran, and the effect upon their preteen daughter. The very first scene gives us a glimpse of proceedings … Continue reading A Separation