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Do you think that everything that happens during a mediation will remain confidential????  Think again. Contrary to what lawyers and their clients have believed about mediation being a “Vegas-styled” environment, i.e., “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” the Supreme Court of Canada recently threw the proverbial sanctity of mediation confidentiality into some doubt — […]

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Svensrud v Saskatoon Boiler MFG. Co. Ltd., 2014 SKQB 263, presented an recent, interesting issue regarding the accuracy of the pricing method defined in a unanimous shareholders agreement (“USA”).  The Court of Queen’s Bench held that such a provision does not constitute shareholder oppression pursuant to the Canadian Business Corporations Act (“CBCA”). Plaintiff, one of four […]

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Over the weekend, I was again struck by thoughts of the past.  I was listening to an Internet-based radio channel, when up pops “The Impossible Dream,” from the Broadway show, The Man of La Mancha.  The show is based upon the classic work by Miguel Cervantes, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.  The musical was […]

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I was actually inspired to write this post by one of my paralegal students at Nova Scotia Community College.  For the past 20+ years, I have been a disciple of the teachings of Professor Lawrence Krieger.  By coincidence, Krieger was my professor at The Florida State University College of Law.  Over the past 20+ years, […]

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An American Lawyer’s Journey to Canadian Barrister-Solicitor I am on a quick break from my dual duties of vigilantly representing my clients, and dutifully grading student papers.  First, to all of my fellow brethren in Canada, I hope everyone is having a contemplative and special Remembrance Day.  Now, onto the purpose of this blog post. […]

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Discussion of the SCC’s Recent Interpretation & Expansion of Aboriginal Title Over the past few months, the Supreme Court of Canada issued landmark decisions impacting Aboriginal title.  These decisions impact the various constitutional obligations of both federal and provincial governments.  Each decision also discusses — to varying degrees — the ability of government entities to override […]

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No Competition Act Violation Found in Oil-Gas Venture Well, it is time to indulge discussion of another area of practice interest:  commercial business transactions.  Let us start with the oil and gas industry, industries which are certainly continuing to hold the public’s attention in an era punctuated by both a drive toward renewable sources of energy, as […]

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I do not believe that Mel Brooks, in his first feature film, Twelve Chairs, originally coined the phrase, “[h]ope for the best, expect the worst.”  As a self-professed political junkie, and as the former co-lead regional elections counsel for the Obama-Biden Campaign (2008, 2012) throughout Central Florida, I feel as if (1) the quote is […]

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Short Note: Saturday Workdays

Published on November 1, 2014 by in Halifax Law Articles

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Well, it appears that I have returned to my old habits.  In Florida, I typically spent at least one weekend day, normally both, working on cases and grading of student papers.    Today, I find myself working.  At least, there is some sense of familiarity to this practice, one that began as far back as […]

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