Karen Selick
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Karen Selick got her law degree at the University of Toronto in 1976, and was in private practice as a lawyer until 2009. She then served as Litigation Director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation until December, 2015. She has written widely about legal issues from a libertarian perspective. She has been a columnist for The Lawyers Weekly and Canadian Lawyer magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Readers’ Digest, The Freeman, and many other newspapers and magazines. Originally from Toronto, she now resides in rural eastern Ontario.

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Why Did The David And Collet Stephan Jurors Cry After The Trial?

(37) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 4:06 PM

It must be a huge relief for the members of a jury when an eight-week trial ends, but even so, it's not often that half-a-dozen jurors dissolve into tears and sobs in the courtroom immediately after announcing their verdict.

That's what happened on April 26 after the Lethbridge, Alberta...

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I Am Fed Up With Air Canada's Ridiculous Fees

(214) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 2:31 PM

In the fall of 2015, I planned to travel from Toronto to Vancouver and back. I booked my outbound flight with WestJet, and the return flight with Air Canada, because the timing of those flights was most convenient for me. Then an unforeseen problem arose, and I had to cancel...

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This Doctor Is Wrong About Pharmaceuticals And Natural Remedies

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 4:37 PM

The National Post has published several articles and letters lately that have been harshly critical of naturopathic doctors and alternative medicine. The latest one to catch my eye was the letter on this page by Dr. Susan Piccinin, a medical doctor from Ancaster, Ontario. (Scroll down about two-thirds of...

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Don't Rush To Blame Parents In Baby Ezekiel Stephan's Death

(307) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 6:10 PM

If you read something in the newspaper, it must be true -- right? No, this is how moral panics get started: by writers who don't get their facts straight but nevertheless publish shocking stories that get further disseminated by outraged readers.

Exhibit A: Alheli Picazo's National Post article published...

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Governments Hate To Admit The Advantages Of Vaping

(79) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 2:42 PM

Just mention the phrase "electronic cigarettes" and politicians at every level seem to go berserk. "Holy non-smokes!" they cry. "We can't allow something new and unregulated to exist in the marketplace! People might just solve their own problems without us!"

From its infancy in 2003, the market for e-cigarettes...

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Toronto Cops Still Hate Being Recorded

(12) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Which do you think is worse: police officers who don't know the law, or officers who know the law but deliberately ignore it or even mock it?

That question has been on my mind since I saw the video made by Mike Miller, who observed two police...

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Leap Manifesto's Energy Policy Leaves Rural Dwellers Out

(18) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Naomi Klein, the bestselling Canadian author whose books trash free markets and advocate socialism, released a short statement called the "Leap Manifesto" on September 15, perhaps to stir up a rather dull federal election campaign. The Manifesto is nonsensical in many ways, but one blunder that -- sorry, I must...

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This New Brunswick Law Makes Quasi-Criminals Out of the Unwitting

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Canadians have seemed obsessed with the Mike Duffy story over the past few months, deeming it a scandalous cover-up of inappropriate behaviour.

But this week, an even more scandalous cover-up -- one that has gone virtually unnoticed by the public for approximately 94 years -- has hit the headlines in...

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Landlords Are Supposed to Enforce Laws That Cops Can't

(16) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 7:56 AM

Over the past 14 years, eight of Canada's ten provinces (the exceptions are PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador) have quietly deputized landlords -- figuratively speaking -- to assist them with law enforcement.

This dubious honour doesn't come with a shiny deputy's badge as in days of yore; nor do...

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The Problem Isn't Trinity Western Law School. It's the Legal Guild System

(16) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Trinity Western University is currently involved in litigation in three provinces (Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia) to determine whether or not graduates from its proposed law school will be permitted to practice law.

The issue has been highly controversial. Some lawyers oppose TWU for allegedly discriminating against...

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Don't Make Taxpayers Responsible For Supporting All of Canada

(44) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Jennifer Tanudjaja has made choices in her life that many other women would not have made.

For starters, at the age of 15, she became pregnant. Although she was impoverished, uneducated and on welfare, she chose to keep her baby, instead of allowing him to be adopted by one...

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One Man's Fight to Free Up Canada's Beer and Liquor Laws

(15) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Beer, wine and liquor consumers, mark your calendars: May 12, 2015 is when new purchasing options may start opening up for you. That's the date that was set last week for the trial of New Brunswick resident Gerard Comeau to commence.

The retired steel worker had the temerity --...

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How Refusing to Fill Out Paperwork Landed This Canadian in Jail

(101) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 11:22 AM

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Most Canadians probably expect the government to treat them fairly even if they don't do all the paperwork the law demands. Who would ever imagine that failing to fill out some forms could result in a jail sentence of 18 months, an order...

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This Marijuana Activist Is a Hero to Me, and I Don't Smoke the Stuff

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:11 PM

It's not often that I disagree with Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, but her recent column on Marc Emery ("Pot still fails the sniff test") triggered one of those rare occasions.

Unlike the "Prince of Pot," I don't use marijuana. I never have, and probably never will,...

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Mr. Harper, Call Off CRA's Attack Dogs and Start Treating Taxpayers With Care

(10) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:39 PM

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...

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Canada's Labour Laws Have No Place In a Free Society

(120) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 8:08 AM

Canada's labour laws have been upside-down for decades. For the sake of "labour peace", parliament and the provincial legislatures have granted to unions a battery of privileges that should have no place in a free society. Among other things, unions have the state-granted power to interpose themselves between individual workers...

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Stop the CRA Bullies From Ruining Canadian Lives

(14) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:23 PM

In a recent interview with Legal Feeds, an online legal magazine, Justice Minister and Attorney General Peter MacKay said that he would like to "reduce the number of civil cases in which the government is in conflict with the people of Canada."

"There's a lot of value added...

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You Don't Fight Nazis by Becoming a Nazi Yourself

(26) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Why is it so difficult for people to understand that you don't fight Nazism by becoming a Nazi yourself?

One of the crimes that the Nazis committed against European Jews in the 1930s and '40s was to legalize, or at least facilitate, the theft of Jewish property, merely because it...

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Do Unions Trump Your Right To Privacy?

(66) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:05 PM

As someone who regularly deals with contentious issues, I prefer to keep my address and telephone number unlisted. I don't want to pick up my home phone, or answer a knock at my door, and find one of the people who send me nasty e-mails ranting at me in person....

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Let the Teens Tan

(53) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 6:10 AM

Should tanning salons be legally permitted to provide services to children and teenagers? Many people think they shouldn't -- but I say those people need to think twice.

Oakville, Ont., for instance, recently enacted a municipal by-law prohibiting the commercial tanning of anyone under age 18. Nova Scotia and...

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