The Future of Canada

So episode 53 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

A very Special episode this week.

The awesome Emilie Taman is running for the NDP in the soon-to-be announced federal by-election in Ottawa-Vanier. Emilie will be a fantastic member of parliament. Lets start with the obvious: she is super smart, hard working, principled, and deeply committed to justice and fairness.  But I think most importantly she is a consensus builder who makes instant connections with everyone she meets - she always makes the right decision for the right reason.

In a climate of political cynicism and broken promises Emilie is exactly with our parliament needs.

Last week Emilie and Louise Arbour (yes - former Supreme Court judge, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and friend of the podcast) sat down with a roomful of students from Ottawa University to talk about some really important issues: electoral reform, the vibrancy of our democracy, feminism, the environment, immigration, and the refugee crisis.

It was fantastic. And I was there to recorded it. 

If you want to follow Emilie's campaign you can keep up to date here:

Web: www.emilietaman.ndp.ca

Twitter: @emilietaman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilieTamanNDP

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Live From OttawaU: Plea Bargains - A deal with the Devil?

So episode 52 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

A busy month at podcast headquarters here.  Emilie won her case at the Federal Court of Appeal! 

Last year Emilie ran in the general election for NDP in Ottawa-Vanier.  Emilie was a federal prosecutor (and a really good one) - but the Public Service Commission (her bosses) would not let her run in the election.  So Emilie quit her job and ran in the election anyway. Then she sued the government (Taman v. Canada) so other public servants would not have to chose between their jobs and their constitutional rights - and she won!

Emilie is running again as the NDP's candidate in Ottawa-Vanier in this years bi-election.  You can check out her Facebook page for more info.

Our little podcast also crossed the 200,000 download mark - yikes and thanks - and we won a coveted Clawbie award for best Canadian legal podcast.

To open 2017 we recorded our first episode in front of a live studio audience at the University of Ottawa. 

Plea bargains have turned into a bit of a dirty word. The public is often concerned about what can be perceived as a deal with the devil.  But in reality plea bargains are often more unfair to an accused than to the state.  The power imbalance between the machinery of the justice system and a single accused can be overwhelming. Often guilty pleas are far from voluntary - an innocent accused may be tempted to take a plea deal to avoid minimum sentence, to get out of hellish jail conditions, or to be reunited with their families.

Plea bargaining is an ethical quagmire for both prosecutors and defence lawyers.

So lets shine some light into a dark corner of the justice system and talk about it.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Renu Mandhane: Ontario's chief human rights commissioner

So episode 51 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

This week we sat down with Renu Mandhane - the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission to talk about... well.... human rights.

Renu Mundane and the Human Rights Commission have been a leading voice against the deeply troubling practices of solitary confinement and racial profiling.

Mandhane and the Commission exposed the horrific case of Adam Capay - a young native man who spend over 4 years in solitary confinement. They were also instrumental in the Ottawa Police Services' Traffic Stop Race Data Project - which showed that the Ottawa police were stopping visible minorities at a disproportional rate (and for no reason).  

Mandhane is articulate, passionate, intelegent, and a fierce advocate - in other words our kind of people. 

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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The Government in your Bedroom

So episode 50 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Today we talk about the CSIS data spying and lying to the court, the RCMP's power grab, and anal intercourse... yep the government in your bedroom.

The Federal Court slammed CSIS for retaining massive amount of information secretly obtained from people who are not suspected of committing any crime.  Big bother is watching - read the courts decision here.

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The RCMP wants even more power and is using the media to scare Canadian's into handing over that power.  I wrote about it for iPolitics.

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Anal intercourse.  It is illegal in Canada - well not really - but it is still in the Criminal Code.  The Liberals plan to repeal the unconstitutional law - but it is the lowest hanging fruit. We wonder why the Liberal government is lacking leadership when it comes to Criminal Code reforms.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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A New Judge, Racist Police, and Solitary Confinement

So episode 49 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Canada has a new Supreme Court judge - his name is Malcolm Rowe and he seems pretty adorable. He is also an old white guy and his appointment was not without some controversy. The Liberal government has talked about a new era of transparency in the appointment process but all seemed more like a dog and pony show. Emilie was there to watch it all go down.

In less awesome - but totally not surprising news - the Ottawa police are racist.  Well they might just be systemically racist - but that is still pretty bad. Worse was the official response to a new study showing that visible minorities are pulled over more than their white counterparts - usually for no reason. We check out the study and throw some shade.

In even less awesome news it turns out that Canadian jails are torturing inmates. They call it 'segregation' - 1,500 days alone, in a small jail cell, with the lights on a 24 hours a day - so ya - its torture.  We check in on the troubling and heartbreaking case of Adam Capay. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Oh and as promised - happy Halloween!!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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New Houses, Strange Cases, and Victim Fines

So episode 48 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

It has been a long time.  Let's catch up: a new house, a new job, a day at Parliament Hill - oh and we put together too much IKEA furnature.

No better time to discuss two strange local cases: an accused who seems to literally shit gold and the micro penis defence.

We also break down the new Liberal legislation that will roll back the prior Conservative government's changes to the victim fine surcharge.  The Conservatives made the surcharge mandatory.  The Liberals' bill restores the judge's discretion to impose a fair surcharge - no more bad breaking fines for the homeless. 

A simple legislative change..... that took a year.

Links and junk:

My iPolitics piece on private members' bills: The Liberals say they have big plans for criminal law. So where are they?

And the response: Because it's the right thing to do: MP Fragiskatos fires back over torture bill

And my testimony on torture and impaired driving:

BILL C-242, an act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture) (House 2016)

Bill C-226, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences in relation to conveyances) and the Criminal Records Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Impaired Driving) (House 2016).

And my op-ed: Criminal defence lawyers oil the machinery of justice, and we pay for that privilege.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Vader Verdict, Cameras in Court, and Zombie Laws

So episode 47 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

On September 15, 2016 an Alberta judge found Travis Vader guilty of the second degree murder of retired couple Lyle and Marie MaCann.  Then the internet blew up - at least the legal corner that I live in.  The verdict was televised - a controversial rarity in Canadian courts - and on live TV the judge made a massive mistake.  

Vader was found guilty based on a criminal law that has been unconstitutional and of no force or effect for a quarter century.

This week we discuss the Vader verdict and the glaring judicial error.  We also dive into the issue of cameras in court and throw some shade at the government for leaving zombie laws on the books.

Law, Politics, and Murder - oh my!

Check out the decision here: R. Vader. Ironically the copy made available by some media outlets is missing page 126.  The page where the judge makes his mistake! So much for educating the public. Here is the missing page: 

Read this: Peter Sankoff on the Travis Vader verdict and Canada’s zombie laws, "Surely, Parliament can do more to repair our most important criminal law statute, and killing off dead clauses would be an obvious place to start."

And watch Steven Penny's full Interview with Global and Sankoff's full inter view with CBC - and yes Peter does look like a kick ass super villain.  

Be sure to read Ian Hanomansing's piece on the legal profession's irrational resistance to recording court proceedings.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Desmond Cole: Police Accountability and Abdirahman Abdi

So episode 46 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Desmond Cole! 

The man needs no introduction - journalist, social activist, and civil rights crusader.  

Desmond Cole, author of the Toronto Life cover story “The Skin I’m In” about police discrimination against black men won the National Magazine Award's Gold medal for Best New Magazine Writer. Desmond has a bi-weekly column in the Toronto Star and a weekly radio show on News Talk 1010. And he was also the inaugural co-host CanadaLand Commons......

So in the wake of yet another high profile death of a black man at the hands of the police - this time in Ottawa - we sat down to talk with Desmond about police accountability and transparency.

In late July Abdirahman Abdi died in police custody.  According to eye witnesses Ottawa police officers beat a hand cuffed Abdi and stood by as he died face down in a pool of his own blood.  The police did not administer CPR - instead they tried to confiscate cell phones from bystanders who were taking video.

Abdi was unaramed.  

He was also black. 

Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson remaned silent for 48 hours (he was on vacation). And since then the mayor has attracted justifiable criticism for backing the police and shouting down those who demand increased police accountability and transparency.

Last week, on twitter, mayor Watson blocked Desmond Cole for this:

Watson said Cole has called him name.  That was a lie.  Strangely I have called Watson names but only after he says stuff like this:

So there was lots to talk about.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Senator Baker Returns

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So episode 45 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Senator Baker returns to talk about the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs' interim report: Delaying Justice is Denying Justice: An urgent need to address lengthy court delays in Canada.

There is a problem with delays in the criminal justice system. Delayed cases harm: the innocent, victims, the community, and the quality of justice - memories fade, the innocent languish in jail, and victims are denied legal closure. So ya - delays are bad.

The Senate's interim report identifies problems and more importantly looks for solutions. Senator Baker walks us through the findings.

Oh - Senator Baker also flatters me and basically volunteers to be a reference for a judicial application. But seriously there is not a more knowledgable, intelligent, passionate, and affable person than Senator Baker.

Emilie and I also talk about some other stuff too - but seriously - it is all about Baker!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Beat the Buzzer: Supreme Court, Terrorism, Police Accountability, and Breaking Making a Murderer News

So episode 44 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

There was so much to talk about we imposed time allocation - 10 minutes per topic.

Breaking Making a Murderer news - a Wisconsin appeal court has just ordered a new trial in the Brendan Dassey case. Check out the full decision here and stay tuned for a full episode on this crazy decision!

This episode we take a quick look at four topics: the new Supreme Court appointment process, two recent terrorism cases, the sentencing of Toronto police officer James Forcilo for the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, and the Ottawa case of Abdirahman Abdi who died while in police custody.

And these are your show notes - there could be links, cases, articles, and much much more..... but it is Friday night... so thats it!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Pokémon Go and Speedy Trials

So episode 43 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Pokémon!

Yes - there is a way to talk about Pokémon Go! on a legal podcast.  Its not just click bate. 

Emilie and I also talk about our West Wing rewatch and minimum minimum jail sentences.  We hate mandatory minimums and it turns out so did the Bartlet administration.

We save real life for last. There was a new Supreme Court of Canada decision released and its all about the constitutional right to a speedy trial. We chat about R. v. Jordan and a brief history of section 11(b) of the Charter.

It is more fun than it sounds - we even disagree a bit for once!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and Ezekiel Stephan

So episode 41 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and sift through the legal and political news of the day and discuss a few topics:  Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and the Ezekiel Stephan sentencing.

The Supreme Court of Canada found that police have the power (without a warrant or any prior authorization) to take penile swabs from suspects - by force if necessary.  In our view it is a problematic decision with far reaching privacy implications.

We also discuss the case of Amanda Todd after a Dutch court ruled that a man suspected of cyberbullying the B.C. teen before she took her own life can be extradited to face trial in Canada. And by discuss I mean we totally steal the topic (and some audio) from Jesse Brown's podcast CanadaLand. 

Then we move on to the Trinity Western case. Can the Law Society of Upper Canada refuse to accredit a law school with discriminatory and homophobic policies - the Ontario Court of Appeal says YES.

Finally we wrap up our look at the Ezekiel Stephan case.  Ezekiel's parents were sentenced and one of them escaped jail - but maybe both should have.  

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Dean Strang

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So episode 41 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I jumped back into Marking A Murderer and gave one of Steven Avery's lawyers Dean Strang a call.

Of course we chat about the Netflix documentary but we also talk about Dean and Jerry Buting's speaking tour, women in the legal profession, gun control, and much much more... 

Hey Ken Kratz - give us a call?

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Kim Pate

So episode 40 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I sat down for a chat about jail and justice with Kim Pate.

Kim Pate is the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. She is was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her work on behalf of women who are marginalized, victimized or incarcerated.

In short - she is awesome.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Making a Murderer Road Trip

So episode 39 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

A bit of a short but special episode this week. I was invited to moderate to Toronto stop of Dean Strang and Jerry Buting's speaking tour - A Conversation on Justice.

Ya - that Stang and Buting - from the super popular Nexflix Documentary Making A Murderer.  

So Emilie and I ditched the kids and hopped a train to Toronto for the weekend.  It was a fantastic weekend: a crazy hotel upgrade, a packed Sony theatre, a good conversation, and a promise from Strang to do what Buting did earlier this year - come on the podcast!

Emilie and I break down the weekend and share a couple audio clips we smuggled out of the Sony theatre.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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The Last Two Weeks and Medical Assistance in Dying

So episode 38 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I catch up on the last two weeks.  She was in China and I kept the kids alive. I also wrote an open letter to Ottawa's Chief of Police about some shocking behaviour by the local cops and then wrote about issues I had with a report on major problems at the Ottawa jail. 

But then we dive into the really important and complex issue of medical assistance in dying, the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Carter, and the government's legislative response - bill C-14.

There are some real problems with the Liberal's new bill.  The Alberta Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court both indirectly questioned the constitutionality of bill C-14.  The legislation is now before the Senate and Emilie and I reflect on the first day of testimony - including some serious questions raised by constitutional scholar Peter Hogg.  

So we sort of nerd out a bit.... Fun.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Animal Justice with Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

So episode 37 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I were joined by Liberal MP for Beaches—East York Nathaniel Erskine-Smith to talk about his private members bill designed to reform some of Canada's animal cruelty laws.

Of course we also could not resist talking about marijuana and a couple other justice issues.   

Erskine-Smith has a law degree and a masters in political philosophy and constitutional law. He has worked at litigation firms and has volunteered for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He has been an outspoken critic of his own party's drug policy and has raised concerns about the Liberal's assisted-dying legislation.  

There has been some misleading criticism of Erskine-Smith's animal justice bill - including by the Liberal parliamentry secretary to the Minister of Justice Bill Blair. So it is great to bring some logic to the discussion.  

Check out Erskine-Smith's bill here: Modernizing Animal Protections Act

And check out this great video blog by friend of the podcast Peter Sankoff that destroys the critic's arguments: Focusing on Bill C-246 - Reforming the Animal Cruelty Provisions of the Code

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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A Miscarriage of Justice, The Necessities of Life, and Peter MacKay

So episode 35 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I dive into two cases and then take aim at former Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

First

After almost two and a half years in jail Connie Oakes is a free woman. Last month the Alberta Court of Appeal over turned Oakes' conviction and the Crown declined to re-prosocute. The case bears some similarities to the convictions documented in Making a Murderer - tunnel vision, questionable confessions, and lives destroyed.  

Second

On April 26th David Stephan and Collet were convicted of failing to provided the necessities of life in the death of their 19-month-old son Ezekiel. How far can the criminal law stretch into parenting and what sentence might the Alberta couple receive.

Last

Peter MacKay defended the Conservative government's tough on crime legacy and wrote some other dumb stuff in a National Post op-ed.  Emilie and I talk about it and throw up a little in our mouths.....

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Duffy Not Guilty!

So episode 35 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

This week Emilie and I almost made it through the whole Duffy decisions - almost.

Spoiler alert - Mike Duffy was found not guilty of all charges last week. The decision was long, and a bit confusing, and really long.

So we dragged back peter Sankoff - star of episode 14 - to talk about the 'ol Duff and help us understand what happened

Peter Sankoff is a Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law.  He concentrates his teaching and research on legal issues surrounding the criminal trial process.

Peter worked as a law clerk for Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1996-97.  He went on to work as Counsel in the Deparment of Justice (Human Rights Law Section) for two years before leaving Canada ....

Instead of shamelessness copying and pasting any more of Peter's extensive bio I will just post some links.

Visit Sankoff's webpage at petersankoff.com and follow the links to check out all of his work and thoughts on the Duffy trial.

Peter's comprehensive paper The Worst $90,000 Ever Spent: 10 Questions About Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, the Criminal Code and the Canadian Criminal Justice System.

And the follow-up: Still The Worst $90,000 Ever Spent: 10 More Questions About Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, the Criminal Code and the Canadian Criminal Justice System

And check out the full Duffy decision: R. v. Duffy, 2016 ONCJ 220

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Louise Arbour on the United Nations Special Assembly Drugs

So episode 34 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

This week Emilie and I phoned it in - we called former Supreme Court Judge and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to talk about last weeks United Nations General Assembly Special session on the drug problem.

Canada will legalize marijuana in 2017 but there may be some problems with our international obligations. What are the road blocks and what went down last week at the UN - i guess you gotta listen to find out.  

Oh - you will also find out one of my top ten fears.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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