Nunatsiaq Online
COMMENTARY July 31, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Responsibility to consult Indigenous peoples still rests with Crown: lawyer

"Let’s take the path of reconciliation," writes Nader Hasan

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NADER HASAN

On July 26, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered two landmark rulings on the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples.

Commentators around the country are asking what these decisions mean for government, industry and Indigenous groups. Many have heralded the Clyde...

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COMMENTARY July 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, July 27

Personal Bankruptcy in Canada

JAMES MORTON

Sometimes people get so far into debt that there is no way they can ever pay back all they owe.

The law recognizes this and makes provision for people to start again through a process called “bankruptcy.” Through bankruptcy, a person hopelessly burdened with debt gets a chance to start...

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COMMENTARY July 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, July 19

Can I force them to honour their contract?

JAMES MORTON

Suppose you made a deal to have someone come and paint your house. After you make the deal they just refuse to do the work.

Can you get a judge to order them to fulfill their agreement?

No.

What you are looking for is an order for “specific performance” that is an order forcing someone to...

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COMMENTARY July 12, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Legal Ease, July 12

Fairness

JAMES MORTON

Although it does not always succeed, a major goal of the justice system is to determine disputes between people fairly. 

That means that harsh and oppressive behaviour will not be rewarded by the court. Put otherwise, following the Golden Rule—treat others as you would like to be treated—is...

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COMMENTARY June 26, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, June 26

The Law Society

JAMES MORTON

The practice of law in Nunavut is governed by the Law Society of Nunavut. The Law Society regulates lawyers and makes sure, for example, that only people licensed to practice law actually practice law.

he Law Society also makes sure lawyers stay current on the law and punishes lawyers who somehow...

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