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Cancer decision a shock to lawyers

Yamri Taddese - Monday, November 24, 2014

An Ontario Court judge’s recent decision to allow an aboriginal girl with cancer to withdraw from chemotherapy and pursue traditional treatment is a throwback to a “prescientific era,” says a Toronto health lawyer.
The judge allowed the 11-year-old aboriginal girl, who has lymphoblastic leukemia, to seek alternative treatment at a Florida clinic in accordance with the wishes of her mother, D.H., after she invoked the constitutional rights of aboriginal people to make their own treatment decisions.

But Toronto lawyer Alan Belaiche says the decision was a huge leap backwards and “should definitely be appealed.”

“What is glaringly absent from the decision is any meaningful consideration of t...

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Monday November 24, 2014

Two Toronto lawyers were among the honourees of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners founder’s awards for outstanding achievement this month.

Paul LeBreux, president of Globacor Tax Advisors, and Margaret O’Sullivan of O’Sullivan Estate Lawyers PC were among six winners recognized for their contributions at the organization’s global congress in Miami. The organization recognized LeBreux for his service since its inception in 1998, including his role as chairman from 2004-07. It honoured O’Sullivan for her service as a leader and mentor to other members.

“Paul and Margaret represent two outstanding members not only of STEP, but of the industry in Canada today,” said society chief executive David Harvey.

“Paul is regarded as one of Canada’s pre-eminent international tax practitioners and his experience and acumen has made him a highly sought after adviser by high-net worth clients domestically and overseas.”

Of O’Sullivan, he said: “Margaret has written extensively in the area of trust and...

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