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COMMENTARY September 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Legal Ease, Sept. 26

Am I free to go? Your rights on the street

JAMES MORTON

You are out for a walk or on the land and an RCMP officer asks to speak to you.

Almost always, the officer has a legitimate good reason to speak to you and most of the time it’s a good civic action to answer questions and help the RCMP with their inquiries.

There may be a missing elder or...

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COMMENTARY September 12, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Legal Ease, Sept. 12

Speedy Trials?

JAMES MORTON

When I tell people there is a constitutional right to a speedy trial in criminal cases in Canada, sometimes they laugh at me. Certainly it sometimes seems that criminal cases (and civil and family matters) just never end.

There are good reasons why cases take a lot of time.

Often the issues are...

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COMMENTARY September 07, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Legal Ease, Sept. 7

Certainty in Contract

JAMES MORTON

Let’s suppose you and I want to make a deal for me to rent your cottage down South for a few months. We talk about it for a few weeks and then make some sort of a deal. We agree I’ll rent the cottage for a while and I’ll pay you what seems reasonable later this year.

Is the deal enforceable? ...

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COMMENTARY August 31, 2017 - 1:20 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 31

Living with debt

JAMES MORTON

One of the least pleasant jobs I have as a lawyer is collecting debts; and mostly the debts I collect are credit card debts.

It is very easy to get underwater with credit cards.

You see something you want or a trip you want to take (and who doesn’t want to go south in February?) and it feels...

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COMMENTARY August 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Aug. 17

Adultery is rarely relevant to who gets what, when couples split

JAMES MORTON

Canada has a no-fault family law system.

What that means is, with one significant exception, misconduct during marriage—basically adultery—is not relevant to determining who gets what and where the child lives.

Sometimes people say that’s not fair—why should adultery be ignored? Well there are...

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