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Fallout From the Khawaja Anti-Terrorism Law Ruling

As many people already know, Justice Douglas Rutherford of Ontario Superior Court has ruled that a section of Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation that seeks to define “terrorism” violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The ruling was in the case of Mohammad Momin Khawaja, who was arrested in 2004 in connection with an alleged terrorist plot in the United Kingdom.

The part of the law that was struck down deals with the motivational dimension of the definition of terrorism under the legislation. The part that was declared unconstitutional stated that a terrorist act was one carried out or planned out . . . [more]

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Same-Sex Rights Win in New Jersey

From the “syllabus” (headnote) of Lewis et. al. v. Harris, an opinion of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, decided today:

Denying committed same-sex couples the financial and social benefits and privileges given to their married heterosexual counterparts bears no substantial relationship to a legitimate governmental purpose. The Court holds that under the equal protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, committed same-sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given to the statutory scheme that provides

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Firefox 2.0

Simon F. quite likely has it up and running, but I just saw that Mozilla yesterday released Firefox 2. I have yet to download and explore, but I hope to do so later this week. (A 3 year old child’s halloween costume takes priority at the moment, I’m afraid – and I should be, as it is to be “very, very scary”.) I do look forward to checking it out soon; Mozilla’s press release of yesterday reviews several features of the “major release”. . . . [more]

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Two From Flash

When Adobe bought Macromedia it acquired Flash technology, which seems to have been the point, giving Adobe a badly needed toehold in the world of sophisticated web production.See Dave Shea’s mezzoblue. Tim Bray thinks it was more about DreamWeaver. Certainly it allows Adobe to reach most of the computers in the world, because of the widespread adoption of Flash. Herewith two Flash-based applications that might be of interest, and that should, if Adobe has played its cards right, run on your computer right now.

First is a Macromedia legacy piece, FlashPaper. This has been around for a while . . . [more]

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I Would Have Been a Judge

but I didn’t have the Latin.

Now I see that the Finnish Presidency (Finland holding the rotating presidency of the EU) is issuing press releases in Suomi (Obviously), English (understandably) and Latin. Seriously, here is last week’s community news.

There is a strong pro-Latin movement in Finland:

The news in Latin on national radio gets 75,000 listeners, which may not sound like much, but on a per capita basis is more than some BBC Radio 4 programmes get.

“In Latin we have more listeners in the world than for Finnish broadcasts,” explains Professor Tuomo Pekannen, who . . . [more]

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Google Coop!

I just finished playing with Google Coop which features a new Custom Search Engine (CSE) — it’s similar to Rollyo, with a couple of new additions. Here’s the TechCrunch post where I found it, and also check out the Google Documentation & FAQ.

From my initial tour, the two big differences that I could see were:

  1. The removal of the 25 site Rollyo limit. Looks like Google Coop will let you include “as many sites as you want”.
  2. No limit on the addition of advertising code such as Adsense, which will put some more pennies in the
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Vie Privée, Internet Et Peur du Loup!

Comme une trainée de poudre, la semaine passée, s’est propagée l’idée qu’Internet est un monde dangereux où il ne fait pas bon mettre une souris dehors. Partout, une information, assez nébuleuse, s’est dissiminée faisant état d’études décrivant l’horreur du décor: La Presse, La Gazette, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV, juste pour identifier les coupures que j’ai eu l’occasion de lire.

Michel Leblanc, un de mes anciens étudiants, mais je pense qu’il est plus juste de l’identifier comme un des gourous de la blogosphère québécoise, a eut un coup de sang pour ce qu’il considère . . . [more]

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The Law of Wine

Largely as a result of the Canadian penchant for vesting the sales of wine in government monopolies, our law of wine is singularly underdeveloped. I had occasion to reflect on this while attending a book and wine evening at the UofT Faculty Club profiling the marvellous Natalie McLeanThis is an intelligently designed and thoroughly accessible website too., whose new book Red and White and Drunk All Over would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone who enjoys books or wineFor those of more frugal instincts, she has an amazing free email newsletter about wine, written in an accessible and . . . [more]

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A Classic of Tax Correspondence

Since we haven’t discussed tax research for a while, I thought I’d direct you to a small classic ostensibly from the Inland Revenue, whose bona fides – such as they might be – are attested to by its publication in The Guardian, a paper of impeccable probity and accuracy.

Dear Mr Addison, I am writing to you to express our thanks for your more-than-prompt reply to our latest communication, and also to answer some of the points you raise.

I will address them, as ever, in order.

Firstly, I must take issue with your description of our last

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Legislation Act, 2006

On October 19, Ontario’s Access to Justice Act, Bill 14, had Royal Assent, becoming S.O. 2006 c. 21.

This Act includes as Schedule F the Legislation Act, 2006. This is a comprehensive statute on the publication, citation and proof of statutes and regulations (including making e-Laws a presumptively accurate statement of law – no more disclaimers), changes of law (in the absence of decennial revisions), and a revised Interpretation Act. The Legislation Act, 2006, will come into force one year from Royal Assent, unless proclaimed in force earlier (which I am hoping will happen.)

Bill 14 in final form will . . . [more]

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