Articles written by: Joyce Blond Frank

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Legal Ease: While travelling, make consumer law work for you

There is an abundance of advertisements in the newspaper containing alluring promises of attractive vacation deals.

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Legal Ease: Canada’s Remembrance protects against terror

Terrorism is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the systematic use of violence and intimidation to coerce a government or community into acceding to specific political demands.”

Legal Ease: Canadian citizens need to vote
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Legal Ease: Canadian citizens need to vote

Who has the right to vote and how many of us will exercise that right?

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Legal Ease: Take stock of your wishes, revise your will/mandate

Now is the time to reassess and revise wills, mandates, powers of attorney, medical care directives, and any other instructions we want heeded.

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Legal Ease: Legal status would safeguard family caregivers

There are those among us with chronic illnesses, special health needs, reduced functionality, dependence and lack of autonomy.

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Legal Ease: Relatively speaking, be certain you have a clear mandate

A mandate is a contract by which a person, the mandator, gives power to another person, the mandatary, to represent him. This contract is called a power of attorney.

Legal Ease: Taking stock of end-of-life care
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Legal Ease: Taking stock of end-of-life care

Until recently, it was a crime in Canada to assist others in ending their lives. Those grievously and irremediably ill and in pain could not seek a physician’s assistance in dying. A person facing this prospect had two options: take his own life prematurely, often by violent or dangerous means, or suffer until death occurred from natural causes.

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Legal Ease: Did the city deny freedom of speech?

We live in a democracy, a system by which a society governs itself through its elected representatives. This is how citizens participate, albeit indirectly, in making decisions that affect them and which become law.

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Legal Ease: Resolutions for peace of mind in the new year

As the year nears its end, I am in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions and I have been thinking of a few I would like to share.

Legal Ease: Give animals the rights sentient beings deserve
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Legal Ease: Give animals the rights sentient beings deserve

It has been scientifically shown that many animals are cognitively and emotionally advanced, self-aware, experience pleasure and pain, and can remember and choose.