Nunatsiaq Online
COMMENTARY August 28, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 28

Pleading Guilty

JAMES MORTON

Suppose you have been charged with an offence.

You have some options. You can argue that the prosecution cannot prove you are guilty or that you didn’t do anything wrong — which means you probably will have a trial — or you can agree you did commit the offence — which means you plead guilty.

If...

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COMMENTARY August 21, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 21

You’re Fired!

JAMES MORTON

You come to work one day and your boss says “sorry, you don’t have a job anymore.” Are you entitled to anything?

It depends on why you were fired.

If you were fired because you did something really bad at work – stealing money, sexually harassing people or something like that – you are not...

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COMMENTARY August 17, 2015 - 9:35 am

Cecil, Nanuq and Inuk

"The Canadian polar bear sport hunt exemplifies the exercise of indigenous rights and indigenous decision-making under conditions of free, prior and informed consent"

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANTHONY SPECA
(First published Aug. 11, 2015 in The Arctic Journal.)

Amidst the whirlwind of outrage surrounding the death of Cecil the lion last month, it’s easy to lose sight of the facts.

Here’s a fact that might surprise Canadians. Walter Palmer, the infamous American bow-hunter who killed...

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COMMENTARY August 14, 2015 - 10:43 am

Legal Ease, Aug. 14

Self Defence

JAMES MORTON

Imagine you are camping on the land. Suddenly you hear a shot and realize someone is firing at you.

You also realize the person shooting is an enemy and that person is trying to kill you. What do you do? It’s obvious, you try to defend yourself any way you can. 

The concept of self defence is...

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COMMENTARY August 07, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 7

The risks of being a surety

JAMES MORTON

Your best friend has been arrested. You know she has a drinking problem, but you also know she’s a good person and so when she calls and says “come to court and bail me out,” you agree.

In Canada everyone charged with a crime is entitled to reasonable bail unless there is a good reason to keep...

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