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     My wife and I visited Venice not long ago. It was a fine summer evening, and we decided to do what comes naturally in this charming city, namely, take a gondola ride. I asked the gondolier how much. The Venetian air was charged with romance and passion, and price, of...

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    Where are the manatees? I don’t see them.

    I like animals and so when I travel I jump at the opportunity to visit animals indigenous to the area. However for some reason I never get to see them.

    For example, while in Florida recently I heard there were manatees, those...

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There was a bad pass made at the World Cup…by insurer Allianz SE.

Before this iconic event some retailers offered large prizes as promos if the German team won the cup. They wanted Allianz to cover these potential payouts. Allianz however was so sure Germany would win that they declined...

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     The greatest job in the world is to be a police officer. Specifically I am referring to the cops who serve at sporting events and enjoy the game while getting paid for this strenuous effort.

     I’m an avid baseball fan and I can’t help but notice the handful of...

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     This is a July 1st Canada Day weekend. And July 4 follows in the U.S. This means fireworks events, drawing crowds by the thousands.

     I have thought about the subject at length and I have culled the common characteristics of all fireworks displays. These are my observations.

     Firstly...

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     You need not be a beekeeper to read this.

     The other day I was checking out a travel book on Amazon when a large notice hit me in the face. It read something like, “You may also be interested in Beekeeping for Dummies.

     What gave Amazon that...

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     The Miss America Organization announced that its participants will no longer be required to appear in the swimsuit event, nor will the ladies be required to wear evening gowns. In short the judges will not be adjudicating on physical appearance.

     This certainly is a move in the right...

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     We just saw the U.S. Starbucks close down its outlets for several hours to allow for sensitivity training of staff following an event at a Philadelphia branch where an associate racially discriminated against two black men, refusing to let them use the washroom without making a purchase, and then...

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    A story surfaced recently about jurors in some cases consulting the Internet to study information about the case, which info never formed part of the evidence. Some of these incidents resulted in mistrials or near mistrials.

    Aside from admonishing jurors not to do these things, in my view judges...

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     I'm happy today. The reason for this joy is that I was not invited to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. .

     Before I celebrated my non invitation, I checked my emails again today to ensure there was no last minute message from the...

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Spent some time in Fort Myers only to be disappointed once again by the lack of promised wild animal sitings. 

Please see video below for the whole story. 

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     I recently watched a commercial about an insurance company that offers guaranteed life insurance if you are between the ages of 50 to 75. To boot, you need not even answer a medical questionnaire.

    The ad shows a clip of an elderly couple with their grandchild and grandpa saying...

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     The end is near. Robots are taking over. Even Elon Musk noted, “

I’m close to the cutting edge in Al and it scares the hell out of me.

It’s capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows and the rate of

Improvement is exponential.”

     The human touch...

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            What is happiness?

            The head gurus believe they have the answers.  They conduct studies asking brilliant questions such as:

“Are you happy: 1) most of the time; b) some of the time or; c) leave me alone, you should only have my problems.”

            They conclude something like...

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These pearls of wisdom originally appeared in Last Word-Supreme Advocacy ( http://supremeadvocacy.ca/top-ten-thoughts-criminal-civil-lawyer-43-years-profession/ )

Top Ten Thoughts from a Criminal and Civil Lawyer After 43 Years in the Profession

After almost 43 years of practice doing criminal and civil litigation, I’ve been around the block a few times. What have I...

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    As Gilbert and Sullivan said in Pinafore,  "Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream."

    A while back I received a phone call purportedly from the Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA)  saying that if I simply request a quote for house insurance, I can win...

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For years now I have been kicking in thousands of dollars a year into a self-directed Registered Retirement Savings Plan. And for years now (the same number actually), I have been trying to think of ingenious ways of getting the money back out without promptly paying tax.

     A few...

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This is a good a time as any to talk about brooms. Actually I want to discuss dollars or rather those dollar stores.

We recently were on the market for a new broom. My wife suggested a trip to her favourite retail shrine: Costco. I had no problem with that other...

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I happened to be at a Starbucks in Florida recently and I decided to access their free WIFI.  Not surprisingly you have to click on and accept their terms and conditions.  I opened the link and I believe I am probably the only person who ever read this stuff, other...

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I notice occasionally insurance companies deny claims.  For some inexplicable reason or other, they refuse to pay.  I have a solution.  

How about the establishment of an insurance company that would insure against denial of claims by other insurance companies.  So if say your house gets ransacked and your...

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  I had a couple of people ask me recently if I knew any collaborative family lawyers.  They insisted on one.  I for one have mixed feelings about the process. It got me thinking. If it is as effective as its proponents say, why don't they crank up the approach...

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      I frequently get unsolicited calls from financial advisors telling me they can offer me a free portfolio review and if I retain their services, they virtually guarantee me riches rivalling those of Warren Buffett.  I am sure this ultimate wizard of wealth exists but I for one would...

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Many offices are considering switching their systems to Apple Macs. I have a vast knowledge on the subject given that I can match anyone on the planet on the frustration meter. Here are my thoughts.

Actually I have both at home. While still in practice I seriously considered switching from...

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Are the thought police coming?

Fast forward a bit.  Government legislation says all our thoughts are to be monitored. To ensure compliance residents must wear a thought transponder (“TT”) on their heads. 

You zoom along the highway when suddenly you hear a siren and see a gray vehicle with flashers...

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     The youth seem to have a language of their own, as I guess they always have had. It is not quite a whole language. It just involves a number of distinct phrases.

     The other night one of my daughter's friends left a voice mail message: "Hi Natalie.  Like...

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One of the best lessons lawyers can learn is, know your judge.

I fondly recall a case I had where a client pled guilty to impaired driving. She operated a car after having consumed a glass of wine too many. Maybe two glasses. OK, so her blood alcohol level was...

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A mouse recently moved into my house.

I had not seen a real live mouse since my formative years in Montreal. In the 1950s, a mouse in a downtown Montreal tenement was about as commonplace as a smoked meat sandwich. You wouldn't think of complaining to...

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A seemingly not too notorious criminal case made its way into the news. Twenty four year old Lavinia Woodward, a student at Oxford University, stabbed her boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife. She was apparently angry at him for telling her mom she had been drinking.She pled guilty...

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It looks like the Ontario government will be in charge of selling legalized marijuana. Legal weed will be sold just like liquor in special LCBO shops . The result will now be that just like gambling and booze, the government will have a monopoly and consequent golden goose...

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The Judicial Council has come out with the ruling suspending Justice Zabel for 30 days for briefly wearing a Trump “Make America Great” hat in court the day after the U.S. election.

The council convened as a result of 81 complaints being filed about the incident. The judge...

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