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A blog about history and public policy with a focus on power relationships in Western polities.

The Blog

The Judicious Sasquatch reconciles states’ monopoly on legal power with local preoccupations. Most of our lives are spent in a local context, but the policies that can come from local, community-based sources often clash with national concerns that, in many situations, result in national concerns dominating the narrative.

National news and creeping consolidation of social media have mimicked state control over legal authority, which again creates problems for local expression. The new national and international monopolies on power can, or so the Sasquatch thinks, be balanced with attention to local, particular power structures.

The Goal

The Judicious Sasquatch aims to stimulate and inspire your thinking about local policy issues. It aims to illicit strong reactions followed by reasoned debate. It pushes policy ideas in new, unexpected directions.

One a more personal note, my objective is to delve into nooks and crannies that don’t often see the light of day. There are myriad curiosities that have been forgotten or dismissed by policy wonks, lawyers, and academics. My posts cut against the grain in this sense. I hope that they inform you and let you take a different perspective on the issues confronting our societies.

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N.B. Some posts also appear on CanLII.

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Criminal contempt of court: Carpagate?
This note gives practitioners (and interested members of the public) a sense of the law surrounding criminal contempt of court. It describes some of the cases and then applies the cases to the facts described by Chief …
A sliding scale between creed and religion
This commentary proposes a sliding scale between religion as a word denoting spiritual belief and practise in community and creed, a word that captures a broader swath of collective and individual conduct.
Patron v. Client: the modern lawyer’s relationships
download pdf Lawyers often refer to those who pay for services as 'clients', yet in the same breath frame their efforts in their service recipient's interest. Use of the word 'client', though widespread in English, is inexact–and …
Stressing the bar: an open letter to the Attorney General of Ontario
I have the privilege to request your intervention in the Law Society of Ontario’s current conduct of its licensing examinations. Your intervention is requested pursuant to sub-section 5(c) of the Ministry of the General Act and sub-section …
Subtle discrimination: Canada’s Civil Aviation Medicine
Transport Canada's Civil Aviation Medicine program has continued a discriminatory policy against subjects with mental health conditions.
A broader honour for our Crown?
This piece is released as part of a broader book project currently soliciting funds via Kickstarter. Aequitas sequitur legem: equity follows the law, which concept expresses the victory of common law over its equitable counterpart. There is …
Articling students: unionize against the LSO
This post is cross-posted to CanLII. The Law Society of Ontario occupies a special place in most lawyers’ hearts, and much talk has sprung up in recent years about how that special place first forms, then concatenates. …
The confused Canadian approach to conscience
The Canadian approach to conscience is, as the title suggests, confused. Conscience is often only paid scanting attention in judge-made law because its legal and social meaning is obscured by its most common manifestation. Courts adjudicating on …
A prolegomenon on freedom of conscience
One’s conscience is received by legal institutions and ethicists alike as the centre for moral decisions, yet the freedom to have a conscience is often interpreted in terms of religious belief. This interpretation is, of course, borne …
People are looking to fly, but aviation medicine falls short
This post is cross-posted on CanLii. A significant danger when governing safety-sensitive occupations is lapsing into anecdotal evidentiary practises to justify rigid rules. The danger inherent in anecdotes is their subjectivity, which is often clothed in the …
The arbitrator’s conscience and revivified legal pluralism
This post is cross-posted on CanLII. International and domestic arbitration is becoming an attractive dispute resolution service, and it is one that allows parties to chose the law under which their rights are established. As this form …
Time for full-time: give doctoral candidates a salary
Canadian doctoral candidates, who study in relative obscurity to advance the state of knowledge, are poorly remunerated (if they are remunerated at all). More doctoral candidates are receiving their degrees at the present time than ever before: …

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