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James Morton is a lawyer in Nunavut and Ontario. Past President of the Ontario Bar Association, he has taught law school in Canada and the United States for nearly twenty years. James is a past Liberal candidate for Parliament.

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Justices of the Peace Deserve Better

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 2:37 PM

The busiest judges in Ontario are the least appreciated.

About 54 per cent of cases in Ontario -- around 300,000 in the last year for which figures are available -- are criminal cases heard by the Ontario Court of Justice. All of them are dealt with, at least in...

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Could An Online Classified Service Be Liable for the Wrongful Death of Tim Bosma?

(12) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Clarification: The original blog post did not explicitly explain that it was addressing a hypothetical question of liability and was not making any conclusions about how Tim Bosma's killer(s) connected with him. This has been clarified below. We regret any confusion that may possibly have been caused.

Could a company...

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If the Stories Are True, Can Rob Ford Be Removed From Office?

(14) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 9:57 PM

The most recent scandal to touch Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford, involves allegations he smoked crack cocaine. Now, the allegations come second hand in the Toronto Star, and while the Star is a very legitimate newspaper it is also famously feuding with Mayor Ford. Some Toronto Star reporters saw a video...

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New Anti-Terrorist Laws Would Put Canadians' Liberties at Risk

(79) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 7:33 AM

Monday's announcement that the RCMP broke an apparent terrorist ring set to derail a VIA passenger train is good news. It shows that Canada's existing terrorism laws work.

What the announcement does not show is the need for draconian new laws.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says Canada needs...

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Why People Charged With Crimes Deserve Bail

(6) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 10:41 AM

A dreadful murder in Toronto where the suspect was on bail has, once again, led to media outrage. Calls to restrict or even prohibit bail have been made. Even the Justice of the Peace who heard the bail hearing has been pilloried for implementing a publication ban required...

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Nunavut's New Jail Is No Club Fed

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Another jail opened in Nunavut last week. It is long overdue -- the existing facility in Iqaluit, Baffin Correctional Centre is, as Justice Mahar of the Nunavut Court of Justice recently said, "notoriously over crowded and under resourced."

BCC, as Baffin Correctional Centre is usually called, is far from the...

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What is the Strategy Behind Idle No More?

(6) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:39 PM

There are two possibilities -- Idle No More means not a whole lot, or is the beginning of a national awakening of a slumbering giant.

It is possible that the Idle No More protests are nothing more that the spontaneous outbursts of a few frustrated at the failure of aboriginals...

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Why Rob Ford's Appeal Will Fail

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 4:04 PM

"Is that the demeanour of someone who is trying to hide something or is it the demeanour of an honest man?" Lawyer Alan Lenczner thundered upon hearing last February's speech by Toronto mayor Rob Ford. In it, the mayor defended a charity he runs for high school football teams, under...

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