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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.

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Legal Ease: Suing for material, moral, and punitive damages

A person who is hurt by the wrongful conduct of someone else and suffers physical, emotional or financial harm may want to sue for damages.

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Legal Ease: Learning about “made-in-Quebec” wills

It is important for everyone, no matter how young or old, to make a will. If you fail to do so, you will die “intestate” and the consequences for your loved ones may not be what you had hoped for. If you do not have a will, the law of […]

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Legal Ease: Travel insurance strips away complications

Getting sick on vacation without private insurance can lead to all kinds of trouble. Understandably, Quebec doesn’t want to subsidize health care obtained outside the province. Getting reimbursement for such care is exceptional and subject to specific conditions found in the Health Insurance Act. To benefit from coverage you must […]

Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is
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Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is

Why do I expect a phone call from my children on Mother’s Day? Why did I always feel a duty to call my own mother? Where’s the law creating this obligation? Well, there isn’t one, at least not here in Canada. The early Romans worshipped the goddess Cybèle as the […]

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Legal Ease: 52 years of practicing law in an ever-changing landscape

Spring is the season of hope and optimism. Some look for the first crocus leaf, some fall in love or start looking for a new home, others decide to retire. I’m in the last category. April 1, instead of being a practicing attorney I became a member of the bar […]

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Legal Ease: The values in this charter protect the vulnerable

As spring approaches, so do thoughts of moving. Many seniors choose to move into a private residence that offers various services. It is important to remember that such a residence is operated as a business. If it stops earning money, it may close. How do we balance the rights of […]