Nunatsiaq Online
COMMENTARY June 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Psychiatrist pleads for Nunavik’s anguished youth

"The suffering of Nunavimmiut youth is sometimes so intense, it questions our collective humanity"

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LUCIE NADEAU

I’ve just returned from Nunavik, where I travel regularly to work as a child psychiatrist consultant in communities along the Hudson coast. The number of suicides the region has seen in recent months feels catastrophic.

Over the years, I’ve met many families, befriended Inuit...

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COMMENTARY June 24, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Legal Ease, June 24

Crown Discretion

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The last time I was on circuit court, the Crown withdrew a number of criminal charges against various people. Someone who was to be a witness asked me what the Crown was doing and why.

My short answer was the Crown realized the various charges were not likely to succeed or the accused deserved a...

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COMMENTARY June 21, 2016 - 10:29 am

Legal Ease, June 21

The Adversary System

JAMES MORTON

In Canada our justice system is mainly based on the adversary system.

Each side does their level best to put their best foot forward and to trip up the other side (of course always within ethical limits – falsifying evidence for example is never allowed).

The idea behind the adversary system is...

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COMMENTARY June 16, 2016 - 1:14 pm

Legal Ease, June 16

What can a bouncer legally do?

JAMES MORTON

A reader asked about the powers of security staff in bars and taverns.

Specifically, the readers asked are security staff entitled to beat up an intoxicated patron?

No.

First, no one is entitled to beat up someone else – that is an assault and a crime regardless of who commits the assault....

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COMMENTARY June 10, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, June 10

Marijuana

JAMES MORTON

Is marijuana legal in Canada?

No.

It is and remains a criminal offence to possess or distribute marijuana. 

The law in Canada has not changed – marijuana is illegal (except that marijuana produced under licence for prescribed medical reasons is legal).

The illegality of marijuana does not...

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