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Karen Selick

Lawyer and commentator

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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Do Unions Trump Your Right To Privacy?

One Ontario government employee complained that her home was picketed by co-workers after she chose to work during a strike. Her name was placed on a "scab list" and circulated to her neighbours. She was followed from her home to her son's school. Messages were left on her machine by people calling themselves "the Oshawa mob."
05/30/2013 06:16 EDT

Let the Teens Tan

The actual risk of young people getting melanoma is tiny compared with the risks of everyday activities that we don't think twice about allowing kids to engage in. We could prevent far more teen deaths and injuries by outlawing teenaged skating, swimming and driving than by outlawing teenaged tanning.
02/23/2013 11:29 EST

The Canadian Man Charged for Defending Himself

One morning in August, 2010 Ian Thomson awoke to find intruders firebombing his house. As an experienced firearms instructor, Thomson knew what he had to do. He got his gun out of the safe where it was stored and scared the men off his property by firing over their heads. Then he was charged with four offences.
01/04/2013 05:24 EST

"Conflicting Rights" Implies a Phony Right

A spokesman for the Ontario Human Rights Commission has finally admitted what was obvious to any thinking person from the very inception of the Human Rights Code: namely, that the code would eventually start generating numerous problems over so-called "conflicting rights." The admission can be found in this Toronto Star article: "Woman denied haircut goes to Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario."
11/22/2012 05:29 EST

Higher Courtroom Security Won't Protect Against Injustice

Many more people are compelled to interact with "the law" these days, simply because there is so much more of it. Regulation over citizens' lives has exploded, and much of what happens in court cannot be described as having anything to do with justice.
02/18/2012 11:43 EST