Category: Miscellany

Gen. Lawson, RCAF

Gen. Tom Lawson (RCAF, ret.), former Chief of Defence Staff, gave an engaging talk to a Canadian Club crowd including many high-schoolers. I thank Gen. Lawson for making time for me at the end to discuss the F-35 and educate me a bit on it.

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Unjust Enrichment

Unjust enrichment is a doctrine for the compensation of one who has unjustly received a benefit from another in a manner that the law will correct. It is a principle of “equity”. Thomson-Carswell’s Dictionary of Canadian Law (3d ed) neatly summarizes the doctrine: “ An action for unjust enrichment arises when three elements are satisfied: […]

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On the proposed LSUC name change from “Upper Canada” to “Ontario”

LSUC Bencher Michael Lerner has asked our opinion on Convocation’s decision to change the Law Society’s name away from “Upper Canada”. Here is my letter in reply. Good morning, Mr. Lerner. Thank you for seeking our opinions. That said, and with respect, I really don’t think it should have been a benchers’ decision at all. […]

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A welcome win against excessive technicalities

Biancaniello v. DMCT LLP 2017 ONCA 386 Ontario’s Court of Appeal has struck a welcome blow for wide-ranging general language and against requiring excessive length and specificity in contracts.  The Court decided that clarified that “exceptionally comprehensive” language wasn’t necessarily required to release claims that were unknown at the time the release was signed. “[T]he language […]

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“Sometimes Legal Aid Is the Problem, Not the Solution”. Superb article.

Sometimes Legal Aid Is the Problem, Not the Solution

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“Looking for a sweet peacekeeping spot in Africa? Don’t do it.”

“Looking for a sweet peacekeeping spot in Africa? Don’t do it.”  by Lew MacKenzie (MGen. ret.). Sitrep, RCMI, January-February, 2017. Looking for a Sweet Peacekeeping Spot in Africa – 2017-02 Sitrep Reprinted here with the kind permission of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

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“Are They Soldiers? Or Are They Children?” Part 2

“Are They Soldiers?  Or Are They Children?  Preparing the Canadian Military for the Contemporary Security Environment.”  by Lindsay Coombs.  Part 2. Are they Soldiers or Children – Part 2 – 2017-02 Sitrep Reprinted here with the kind permission of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

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“Are They Soldiers? Or Are They Children?” Part 1

“Are They Soldiers?  Or Are They Children?  Preparing the Canadian Military for the Contemporary Security Environment.”  by Lindsay Coombs.  Part 1.  Sitrep, RCMI, November-December, 2016. Are they Soldiers or Children – Part 1 – 2016-12 Sitrep Reprinted here with the kind permission of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

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Why Is Domestic Violence Now Becoming a Workplace Responsibility?

Yosie Saint-Cyr at SLAW has an excellent short piece on this question here.   An excerpt: “Domestic violence may prevent a victim from getting to work, prevent a victim from concentrating on work, and interfere with co-workers’ performance as well. Other employees may be impacted due to fear, stress, concern for the victim’s well-being, increased workload […]

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“Three Questions that will drive your business”

“Three Questions that will drive your business” David Schefter of Raymond James gives us this excellent and short synopsis of a process by which we can heighten our businesses’ focus and improve client recruitment and retention by answering three questions: 1.What do you do? 2.Why does it matter? 3.Who cares? Very much worth reading in […]

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