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Guest editorial: Anti-spam law resolves little

Guest editorial: Anti-spam law resolves little

Jul 29 2014

Canada’s anti-spam legislation, which took effect July 1, is a big solution to a small problem. It creates headaches for charities and innocent people within the country, while doing nothing to stem the flow of scurrilous emails from abroad. The intent of the law is reasonable: To stem the flow

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Joe Fontana avoids jail while Canadians who commit victimless crimes are stuck behind bars

Joe Fontana avoids jail while Canadians who commit victimless crimes are stuck behind bars

Jul 28 2014

There is something profoundly unsettling about this outcome. For abusing his role as a public official to make himself financially better off at others’ unwilling expense, Mr. Fontana will spend no time behind bars. Yet many Canadians who commit victimless crimes, many of which provide them little or no material

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Just follow the constitution… PLEASE!

Just follow the constitution… PLEASE!

Jul 28 2014

But despite their publicly stated good intentions, I remain sceptical. What precisely are they proposing? You see, Canada’s constitution already guarantees free-trade between the provinces yet each successive batch of leaders has “conveniently” forgotten it. And even though so-called “incrementalism” has been a highly successful policy of Canada’s political right

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Call Off CRA’s Attack Dogs

Call Off CRA’s Attack Dogs

Jul 23 2014

An Open Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada Dear Stephen, Please cast your mind back to the summer of 2001. You were the president of the National Citizens’ Coalition. I was a lawyer in private practice. The two of us, together with the head of a Canadian think

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The Tyranny of Petty Bylaws

The Tyranny of Petty Bylaws

Jul 16 2014

It’s funny because it’s patently absurd that anyone, let alone an entire city council, would think clotheslines should be the provenance of government. How does this happen? The simplest, and not inaccurate, answer is: neighbour disputes. You can often find the origins of ludicrous city bylaws in long-running feuds between

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Beating the Taxi Bureaucrats

Beating the Taxi Bureaucrats

Jul 10 2014

I’m the opposite of an early adopter. Change makes me uncomfortable; and the more people tell me how fantastic a new product or service is, the more skeptical I tend to become. But when a creative and different offering is just overwhelmingly useful, it eventually breaks through my resistance; and

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The Upside of Judicial Activism

The Upside of Judicial Activism

Jul 04 2014

The past year hasn’t done anything to change these attitudes. With Stephen Harper’s Conservative government coming out on the losing end of Supreme Court decisions on prostitution; Justice Marc Nadon’s appointment to the high court; and the Senate reference (to name just a few), “judicial activism” has re-emerged as one

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Man who fought the CRA and won needs your help

Man who fought the CRA and won needs your help

Jul 03 2014

Irvin Leroux, a 70-year-old former businessman living in Prince George, BC, recently became a hero to the taxpayers of Canada — although few of them know it yet. But among the inner circle of tax practitioners — the lawyers and accountants who fight Canada Revenue Agency every day — his

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Punishes Charities

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Punishes Charities

Jul 02 2014

Proponents have touted CASL as a giant leap for economic efficiency in e-commerce by making spam illegal. And CASL does list the promotion of “efficiency” as its purpose. But contrary to the good results this efficiency may bring, CASL could have a decimating effect on charities. Here’s how. Of all

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