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Legal Humour Blog

October 2017

Oct, 3 2017 9:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     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...

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September 2017


Sep, 25 2017 11:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

             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...

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Sep, 18 2017 11:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

             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. ...

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Sep, 14 2017 8:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    George Beckwith of Goodman Missouri, got a surprising phone call recently from a lawyer, informing him that he soon would be an owner of a 19th-century courthouse in Connecticut.

    Seems back in the early 1800s his family owned the property and the deal was that if the structure...

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Sep, 3 2017 10:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

            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...

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August 2017


Aug, 9 2017 9:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    As the Borg said in Star Trek to some aliens it was taking over, “You will be assimilated” and “Resistance is futile”.

    Nicholas Troller, a Manitoba resident applied for and obtained a personalized license plate reading , “ASIMIL8",  a couple of years ago no problem. Now the Manitoba...

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July 2017


Jul, 30 2017 9:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     We are starting to see paperless trials. I don’t like it at all. I am rather old school. In my view, the greatest invention of the century is the stickie note.

     Be that as it may, as for a paperless trial, I see this as just...

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June 2017


Jun, 22 2017 10:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     There is reason to celebrate. At last, there is going to be a massive awaited change in legislation.  But, it’s not what you think. I am not talking about amendments to the Draconian provisions of the Insurance Act or the like.  This stuff is huge.

    Parliament this week...

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Jun, 4 2017 11:00 AM
Marcel Strigberger

     Kathy Griffin, is a comedian. She gets paid big bucks to make people laugh.  Her career is now in hot water after posting a photo of her holding a mock bloodied severed head of President Trump.  CNN immediately disavowed, her cancelling her New Years Eve Time Square gig. Others...

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May 2017


May, 18 2017 11:00 AM
Marcel Strigberger

It is becoming increasingly difficult in dealing with large corporations to speak to live people or more so, live people who actually listen and help.

    I bought a case of Alexander Keith’s Ale a while back. I left it somewhere in the house and about a year later came...

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April 2017


Apr, 24 2017 7:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     I come to bury United Airlines, not praise them. Actually United has done a great job of burying itself in a morass of PR and financial quagmires.  The forceful and brutal removal by United Air, or perhaps by thugs at the friendly airline’s request, evokes several areas of the...

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March 2017


Mar, 19 2017 11:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

I just returned from a trip in Florida.  What caught my eye most is not the great weather, nor the kilometres of super beaches, nor the cultural scenes.  What really hit me was lawyer advertising.  You cannot open your television or walk around the block without getting slapped by yet...

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January 2017


Jan, 8 2017 12:35 PM
Marcel Strigberger

A jury in Toronto recently found nobody liable for an accident where an allegedly drunk driver ran a red light and smashed into the plaintf’‘s vehicle, making a left turn.  The jury should have rendered a liability split of sorts but failed to do so, saying the split was zero/zero....

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December 2016


Dec, 23 2016 12:39 PM
Marcel Strigberger

The politically correct fanatics, university division, are at it again.  This time the target was Sandor Dosman, the operator for 4 years of a cafe for graduate students at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.  His war crime was posting a humourous ad for help. The ad started out seeking,...

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November 2016


Nov, 20 2016 8:33 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    All hell is breaking loose following Ontario Court of Justice Judge Zabel entering his Hamilton courtroom after the U.S. election, wearing a Donald Trump red campaign baseball hat reading, “Make America Great Again”.  

    Naturally there has been  an uproar from the usual suspects claiming that the judge’s...

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October 2016


Oct, 30 2016 8:06 PM
Marcel Strigberger

As Halloween is approaching, Brock University’s student union has put out a hit list of costumes that are prohibited as they are not, perish the thought, politically correct. These costumes include bonnets with feathers, robes worn by Arab men, Japanese Geisha outfits etc.   They are all Verboten!

    Anyone entering...

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Oct, 23 2016 10:58 AM
Marcel Strigberger

The big legal event this week has to be the motion to the Ontario Superior Court , before Justice McEwen, by activist Douglas Cardinal to restrain Rogers , the owners of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre  et. al. from  allowing game 3 of the championship series to...

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September 2016


Sep, 11 2016 7:35 PM
Marcel Strigberger

             The past week saw my litigation law practice fielding one continuous exciting situation to another extinguishing a host of fires day from the get go to the end of the day. I took a breather at one point, going for a leisurely walk along the peaceful tree-lined streets near...

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August 2016


Aug, 17 2016 9:26 PM
Marcel Strigberger

       There ought to be a law against August ads for school supplies. Come August you cannot visit a store without running a gauntlet of “back to school” stuff. This phenomenon creates kiddy school supply junkies.

      After all, just weeks earlier in June, the kids finished school with all...

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July 2016


Jul, 24 2016 8:19 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    Two Air Transat pilots, a Jean Francois Perrault and an Imram Zafar Syed, were about to fly their Airbus from Glasgow Scotland,  back to Toronto when they were yanked out of the cockpit by police and arrested for being under the influence of alcohol.  This is scary.

    I...

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June 2016


Jun, 26 2016 9:28 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     It takes all types. A lady in St John’s Nfld.  ordered a pizza but was not happy as she found the pizza skimpy in cheese. What did she do? She called 911.  The call went through to the local police.

    The news story does not elaborate on the...

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May 2016


May, 1 2016 9:02 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    I recently penned  comments about how the law offices located at some Walmart outlets market their services.  Lawyers nooks are starting to spring up at a fair number of Walmart branches.

    I went to Costco the other day and the thought crossed my mind as to how Costco...

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April 2016


Apr, 17 2016 6:51 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     A judge in Michigan just hammered 27 year old Windsor resident Kai Xu with a sentence of 5 years in jail. His crime? He was caught smuggling 51 turtles which were in his pants, taped to his legs.  He was going to sell them to sources in China.  Five...

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March 2016


Mar, 20 2016 6:19 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     Anders Breivik, the right wing extremist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011 is spending 21 years in a high security prison, Skien, in Southern Norway, His windowed cell is 32 square meters, and it includes a television, a Sony Play Station and a treadmill. He also has...

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February 2016


Feb, 21 2016 7:12 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     I just returned from a cruise.  What caught my attention the most was the Draconian cruise contract. It looks something like this:

     1. Though we are an American company, we fly the flag of Malta.  This means that you can sue us if you speak Maltese.  At our...

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January 2016


Jan, 10 2016 9:57 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    I read just read a story about a law firm called Axess, which operates out of Walmart stores. They offer cut rate fees for legal services. They have a sandwich board in front of the store and they target unsuspecting shoppers coming to Walmart to buy commodities such as...

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December 2015


Dec, 13 2015 11:21 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     American Airlines screwed last week big time by flying  Bethany, the corgi, from Seattle, instead of to Jackson, Mississippi, to Honolulu, Hawaii.

     The airline is looking into the incident. I can see how that gaffe can readily happen. For one, you have to have hawkeyes to be...

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November 2015


Nov, 15 2015 6:32 PM
Marcel Strigberger

The big story this week has to be about Justice Robin Camp, the Provincial Court judge, who is being investigated now for deriding a rape victim and acquitting her accused.  He made comments such as “Why couldn't you just keep your knees together", and "Sex and pain sometimes go together....

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Nov, 1 2015 9:02 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    The world never runs out of weird news.

    Harvard recently handed out their annual Ig Noble Prizes, some by Nobel laureates no less, to people who had conducted the wackiest research.

    The prize for literature went to a group of linguists who concluded that the word "huh"...

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October 2015


Oct, 20 2015 8:10 PM
Marcel Strigberger

         Fellow lawyers.  Want a career change?  I believe 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 remember...

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September 2015


Sep, 27 2015 6:32 PM
Marcel Strigberger

The big story these days is the Volkswagen scandal that saw the automaker rigging its emission test device on its diesel cars to show they were clean when in fact the vehicles polluted big time.

I see VW's president, Martin Winterkorn announced his resignation.  This is about as much of...

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Sep, 7 2015 10:31 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     I dislike aggressive and inconsiderate cyclists.  I live and practice in Thornhill, the suburb above Toronto. Too often I have had cyclists zoom by behind me on the sidewalk on Yonge Street, or the nearby park.  Not only did they miss mowing me down by millimeters, but they did...

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August 2015


Aug, 30 2015 6:09 PM
Marcel Strigberger

As the stock market continues to rollercoaster, I think about the calls I frequently get from financial advisors telling offering a free portfolio review and touting that if...

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Aug, 9 2015 10:13 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    Here’s an improbable news story. In Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the president of the P.E.I.  MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) chapter has resigned his position, reason being, he was just charged with impaired driving.  To boot this gentleman was a police office for 40 years, rising to the rank...

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July 2015


Jul, 2 2015 8:59 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     There is an island in Scotland called Canna.  Its population numbers 26.  It has one store. The other day this store was robbed.  This event actually was Canna's first crime in 50years.

     Let's play Sherlock Holmes.  Whodunit?  Of the 26 inhabitants, let us assume half are children. That...

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June 2015


Jun, 23 2015 8:15 PM
Marcel Strigberger

            The hockey playoffs are over.  What caught my eye right after the Blackhawks victory last week was that within seconds all the players skated out wearing baseball caps reading something like, “Chicago Blackhawks-2015 Stanley Cup Winners”.

            Now these hats were obviously pre-ordered.  My question is what if the...

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Jun, 14 2015 1:43 PM
Marcel Strigberger

             America Pharoah is the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. This colt, along with his jockey and team, gets all the glory and media attention.

            My question is what do we know about the horse that finished last, in eighth place?  That horse is called Materiality.  As...

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Jun, 9 2015 11:15 PM
Marcel Strigberger

             A terrible crime has been perpetrated against me. I have been
victimized... by a rabbit.


            One of my greatest springtime highs is to admire my colourful tulip
garden. This year it did not happen, thanks to that brown rabbit that
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May 2015


May, 31 2015 12:25 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     The big story shaping up is the FIFA scandal.  Police in Zurich have arrested 14 big shot organizers of the soccer World Cup, connected to FIFA, on fraud and corruption matters. 

     The ramifications are huge.  For example, Coca Cola has been sponsoring the World Cup for decades. Will...

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May, 25 2015 10:08 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     At council meetings In the Town of Richmond Hill, a suburb a few kilometers north of Toronto, the singing of Oh Canada is verboten.  Council voted not to start its meetings by singing our national anthem as doing so might be unconstitutional. You see it contains the words, "Gd...

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May, 10 2015 6:24 PM
Marcel Strigberger

            I read with interest the story about U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. recently showing up for jury duty in the Rockville, Maryland courthouse. He took his place in the body of the court like the other dozens of prospective jurors on the jury panel, but was not...

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May, 3 2015 6:24 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    I have a great idea to enhance the practice of law.  This idea puts to use centuries of human knowledge and experience.  It was used by the Chinese thousands of years ago.  I am talking about having a "paper office".

    Why go paper? Simple. Say a letter comes...

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April 2015


Apr, 24 2015 6:04 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    A judge in Manhattan has granted two chimpanzees a petition – through human attorneys – to defend their rights against unlawful imprisonment, allowing a hearing on the status of “legal persons” for the primates.

    Supreme court justice, Barbara Jaffe granted a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of...

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March 2015


Mar, 29 2015 11:50 AM
Marcel Strigberger

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

     The ad shows a...

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Mar, 15 2015 1:43 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     I had a case 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 about 3 times the legal limit.

     Unfortunately she had a similar offence conviction...

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Mar, 1 2015 6:04 PM
Marcel Strigberger

            Justice was done the other day.  The principal of Toronto's Northern Secondary demanded that students attending the prom this year would have to undergo a Breathalyser test in order to gain admittance at the big event. He cited previous problems where injuries actually happened consequent to student drinking.

           ...

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February 2015


Feb, 8 2015 7:49 PM
Marcel Strigberger

   

     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.

    ...

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January 2015


Jan, 25 2015 10:51 AM
Marcel Strigberger

             A paper published in the Annals of International Medicine has concluded that sitting for the most part of the day boosts your risk of death by 20%. Even exercising does not counteract this ominous risk.  What does this mean? Easy.  Chairs are dangerous.

             I can see the...

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Jan, 18 2015 6:55 PM
Marcel Strigberger

I can watch "The Wizard of Oz" umpteen times.

I saw it again recently and this time I focused on a scene of great legal significance.

That mean old Myra Gulch comes to auntie Emm and uncle Henry's house and she declares that she has come to take their vicious...

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December 2014


Dec, 14 2014 8:22 PM
Marcel Strigberger

    This is a good a time to talk about fast food places.  In Saskatoon, two young men entered a Tim Hortons and ordered sandwiches that included onions. One of them wanted the onions diced. The worker refused the request. This did not sit well with the customer.  He responded...

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