10 Things You’ll Learn as a Court Reporter that You Probably Won’t Learn in Law School

There isn’t a class titled “How to Keep a Straight Face When Someone Lies to You” There are a lot of things you likely won’t learn in law school. This is not a dig at any of our professors, their pedagogy, or even the Canadian legal education system as a whole. The issue is that education can’t replace real world experience. …

Goodbye to Toronto’s Most Troubled Politician

In the End, He was Only Human On 22 March 2016, Rob Ford – former mayor of Toronto and city councillor for Etobicoke North – died of cancer.  My condolences to his family, particularly his children. Rob Ford was a surprisingly complicated man, considering he was actually something of a simpleton with no capacity for …

Grim Lessons from the Trial of Jian Ghomeshi

Yes means yes and ask again anyway As awkward a subject as it may be, I want to discuss the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Since I’m about as subtle as a cinder block thrown through a plate glass window, I guess I’ll start with something that’s been particularly contentious: Marie Henein’s impassioned defence of Mr. Ghomeshi, …

Marijuana Legalization, It’s About Time

Awkward Confessions from a Mostly-Reformed Dope Fiend Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize marijuana possession has created quite the stir in the last year or so, and frankly, it’s about time we unscheduled the stuff. I don’t actually have much of a dog in this particular fight. I’m not going to be a blatant liar and …

Right into the Jaws of Madness

A Make or Break Moment for Sanity in Politics 2016 looks like it’s going to be a pretty weird year for politics; if current trends continue, it’s only going to get weirder. Canada’s mostly avoided the worst of the lunacy that seems to be taking hold of the United States, but between Kevin O’Leary thinking …

Shaming All the Wrong People

Your Life Can and May be Used Against You Just in time for the first week of our Ethical Lawyering classes, Lori Douglas recently spoke out about the humiliating experiences that led to her premature retirement. For those of you who don’t recall, Lori Douglas is the Manitoba judge whose career was ruined after nude …

You’re Not Alone

To say law school is a stressful environment would be both an understatement and a statement so ridiculously, blatantly obvious that you’d probably dislocate your jaw trying to say “duhhhhh” emphatically enough. I overheard someone say, “everyone in law school has an anxiety disorder: it’s called law school.”  We end up balancing about 500 pages …