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A little more than a week ago, the Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlan announced that she will be retiring December 15, 2017. According to top Canadian jurists, her unexpected retirement will be a dramatic loss for the Canadian Supreme Court. Since joining the Supreme Court in 1989, she has heard more than 2,000 Supreme Court appeals and written...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

During the 1980s oil boom, I got a call from the mother of a child with cerebral palsy whom I had not seen for years. She said she had good news, she had discovered a new treatment for CP, her child had improved dramatically and she wanted to share the treatment with me.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

I’m probably not an innocent observer of the ongoing high drama in the judiciary cascading from the most recent appointments to the high court bench.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

During the days of the Roman Republic, the most serious crimes were punishable by being flung off a cliff called the Tarpeian Rock.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Last Thursday the Law Association of T&T (LATT) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resignation of the Chief Justice and members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC).

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In response to the legitimate query of a reader of last week’s column as to the “how” “we the people” can engineer the constitutional and societal transformation required, I site Brazilian educator/philosopher Paulo Freire and what he referred to as “conscientisation.”

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Whether the feeling is one of déjà vu, which is defined as “a feeling of having already experienced the present situation/a feeling of tedious familiarity”, or Groundhog day, which is defined as “a situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Grouped around PNM MP Marlene McDonald’s desk in Parliament yesterday, MPs Fitzgerald Hinds, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn and others had a moment of hilarity admiring colleague Lovell Francis’ spiffy tan and taupe footware.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The world learned this week that the US is exiting the Paris Climate Accord. With many of his other promises floundering, Obamacare replacement, the Muslim travel ban and the Great Wall of Mexico, this was an easy win for Trump.

Friday, June 2, 2017

My mailbox was filled to overflowing. Recently leaked documents reveal a top-secret operations control centre, known as the Deep Impact Group or DIG, housed in a non-descript room within WASA’s offices. Peeling paint on the outer walls is mere diversion.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Despite all that has been said and written about Tobago’s current tourism challenges, and the dire warnings of escalating difficulties for the sector, this train wreck seems to be upon us. Still nobody in authority appears to be paying much attention, far less to care.

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