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Clemency for Robert Latimer would serve both law and justice (January 22, 2001)
To judge from letters to the editor, on-line discussion groups and opinion polls, the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to uphold a 10-year minimum sentence for Robert Latimer was either a miscarriage of justice or a just punishment. ... read more

Canadians can repent hasty Charter at their leisure
Vancouver Courier (October 3, 1999)
It’s too bad Chief Justice Antonio Lamer had to wait till he retired to tell us how he really felt. This staunch defender of Charter rights told the National Post that in 1982 he was very concerned about the Charter and the powers it conferred upon the judiciary. more

Justice gets squeezed in full-court press
Vancouver Courier (March 7, 1999)
In war, the middle ground between opposing forces is often called no-man’s land, and for good reason. Anyone who ventures into it doesn’t survive for long. ... read more

Supreme Court shows that less is more
Vancouver Courier (August 30, 1998)
Now that the editorial votes are in, it’s safe to say that the Supreme Court’s reference decision on Quebec separation was a resounding success. By defending the integrity of Canada while setting out broad—very broad—parameters for any future secession, the court has been praised for allowing both federalists and separatists to claim victory. Indeed, each has. ... read more

Supreme Court presumes too much
Vancouver Courier (April 19, 1998)
The Supreme Court ruling in the Delwin Vriend case proves one thing: your mother was wrong—two wrongs do make a right. First, some background. ... read more.

Monarchy stirred, but not shaken
Vancouver Courier (September 14, 1997)
The danger with jumping to a conclusion is underestimating the distance involved. Sometimes the gap between cause and effect appears shorter and straighter than it really is, and the jumper who assumes too much ends up like the coyote in the roadrunner cartoons—stuck in mid-air after trying to bridge two unbridgeable cliffs.... read more.