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Canada's Wonderlands: Can a Convicted Sex Offender Subject to a Section 161(1)(a) Order Legally Enter an Amusement Park?


Statutory interpretation of the term “public park” in the context of Section 161(1)(a) of the Criminal Code, and whether an amusement park or public exhibition can be classified as a “public park” within the meaning of that section.

Oct 21, 2021

Zoom trials are here to stay, and that is a good thing

Canadian Lawyer

If I say the words “Zoom court,” it is bound to evoke controversy among many of my colleagues. Both Crown and defence are not ready to let go of the old way of doing things. 

Oct 01, 2021

A mindset of scarcity

Canadian Lawyer

Providing newly minted lawyers with a universal basic income would help their entrepreneurial spirits flourish, argues Ryan Handlarski

Dec 17, 2019

Young lawyers are exploited, not mentally ill

Canadian Lawyer

There is a lot of talk in the legal profession about a mental health crisis. Many people are trying to raise awareness about this issue and address it by getting people to talk openly about it.

May 13, 2019

Law is not a tournament

Law Times

My favourite metaphor that I have ever heard to describe the law student experience from before law school to landing a job at a firm is from Peter Thiel, founder of eBay and one of the first investors in Facebook, famous for giving Mark Zuckerberg a cheque for US$500,000 and, according to legend, saying (in somewhat different words), “Don’t mess it up.”

Apr 29, 2019

The presumption of innocence is a civilizational construct

Canadian Lawyer

It is my contention that the presumption of innocence is not merely a legal construct, as Michael Spratt argues in his article The presumption of innocence is for the court of law, not for protecting the reputations of the powerful, but a way of thinking about the competing values when an allegation of wrongdoing is made. What should we do as a society about this most human of problems?

Feb 11, 2019

Staying out of debt is more important than the school you attend

Canadian Lawyer

Should Canadians, with limited means, be willing to hand over huge sums of money to attend certain law schools in Canada?

Dec 18, 2018

Licence to kill: Why addiction treatment system doesn’t work

The Lawyer's Daily

I remember the first time I took my Class G road driving test. At that point, I had been driving without incident for approximately three years with my G2 licence.

Oct 26, 2018

Law is a marathon, not a sprint

Law Times

Law students often hear the same piece of advice: Article at a Bay Street firm and work there for a year or two or three.

Oct 01, 2018

Why I support Ryerson's Law School

Canadian Lawyer

A law school at Ryerson will not add to the competitiveness of the process and, therefore, the only reasonable position is to support its creation.

Oct 01, 2018

Choice to be a sex worker driven by poverty, overregulation of trades

The Lawyer's Daily

Ever since the Supreme Court decision in Bedford v. Canada [2013] 3 SCR 1101, 2013 SCC 72, where the bizarre half-measure laws in the Criminal Code around sex work were struck down

May 14, 2018

Shorten timelines and improve perverse system

Law Times

On a recent occasion, I listened to a family lawyer colleague talk about the circumstances of a case where the parties seemed to be really intransigent.

Mar 26, 2018