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No, it is hardly the most glamorous topic.  Indeed, not many lawyers would actually recognize the challenges involved in the accurate, intensive, scrutiny of preexisting and newly-drafted agreements.  I did not begin reviewing such documents — normally, in a commercial or Internet-based context — until 2005.  Before then, I was exclusively a litigator.  I remain, […]

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 Last evening, I had an opportunity to attend a program co-sponsored by both the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.  The program centered around a presentation and follow-up discussion regarding the best practices for addressing victims of sexual assault.  As you might imagine, lawyers — including this one — have been […]

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For some background on the case, please reference the following CBC News article:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/robert-dziekanski-questioning-the-public-interest-in-prosecuting-mounties-for-perjury-1.2813288. This is a tough case.  For those who have not reviewed the above link, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the case, there remain ongoing perjury prosecutions against Mounties involved in the TASER-induced death of a suspect, Robert Dziekanski, back in 2007.  The case […]

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The question frequently arises in my tax litigation practice whether or not the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) will negotiate with taxpayers over owed tax debt. In other words, is there some method whereby CRA will accept a reduced amount in lieu of full payment?Can the taxes owed be negotiated with CRA?

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First, a quick comment about yesterday’s incident on Parliament Hill.  Obviously, it cannot be ignored.  At this point, we know little, aside from the released name of the shooter; the name and background of the tragically, mortally wounded reserve officer; and the heroics of the House of Commons’ Sergeant-at-Arms.  Obviously, better security protocols are in […]

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A Comment on Elections NS and Its Recommendation to Prevent Ballot Photos

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/elections-nova-scotia-recommends-law-preventing-ballot-pictures-1.2807107 Over the past 24 hours, CBC News reported that Elections Nova Scotia is attempting to push recommendations for the penalization of a voter taking a photograph of his/her own ballot.  I find the justification for any such penalties to be — to say the least — unconvincing. Voters should be able to take photos […]

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Portraying Supreme Court oral arguments with dog actors as the justices.  Frickin’ genius …. Enjoy the clip from Oliver’s show, “This Week, Tonight.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9prhPV2PI  

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A Nova Scotia Barrister — in Georgia

I thought that this might interest the masses. This weekend, I was down in Georgia for my baby brother’s wedding.  I decided to bring a peace of Nova Scotia with me — please see the image, below.  

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Interesting article from Huffington Post recounted Dollarama’s policy, in one of its Ontario-based stores of limiting access by high school students to ‘one-at-a-time.’  I view this policy as extremely problematic, and am not convinced by Dollarama’s justifications.  First, if Ontario’s Human Rights Code is akin to Nova Scotia’s, I simply do not see how the […]

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Onward & Upward ….

Published on October 17, 2014 by in Halifax Law Articles

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Derek Brett officially as a Barrister-Solicitor in Nova Scotia.

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