Gabrielle Giroday

Gabrielle Giroday

Column: Editorial Obiter

Gabrielle Giroday is the editor of Law Times. She is a journalist and former government spokeswoman who has won awards for her work in both media and public service. She has experience writing and communicating about legal and justice issues, foreign affairs, gender issues and economic analysis for publications across Canada. Gabrielle can be reached by email here

Latest Commentary


  • Language rights

    When one is not a French speaker or living or practising inside Quebec or other areas of French-speaking Canada, it might be easy to lose sight of the importance of French-speaking judges and French legal services.
  • Floodgates open?

    The Court of Appeal has determined in Winmill v. Woodstock (Police Services Board) that the limitation period for an excessive force claim against the police started running at the end of the underlying criminal proceeding.
  • Rest up for 2018

    No one would say it was a dull year. While 2016 might have brought external developments that few could have anticipated, the most interesting facets of the legal profession in 2017 were the discussions that took place internally.
  • Public space precedent

    The finding in a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court case, Vanderveen v. Waterbridge Media Inc., is worthy of note.
  • Debate most useful

    Any lawyer looking for debate is sure to find it with their peers. The amount of discussion set off over requiring lawyers to sign a statement of principles has been a heady surprise.
  • Correcting Corrections

    Law Times reports that Correctional Service Canada has been found to be negligent in the severe beating of an inmate. The ruling in Fontenelle v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONSC 6604, comes after the attack on the inmate at Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security facility in Ontario.
  • Words versus actions

    In any working relationship, broken trust is hard to repair. Law Times reports that lawyers who work with indigenous groups say provisions in federal Bill C-58 would force access requesters to have specifics in terms of subject matter, time frames and types of records and will have a detrimental impact on these groups’ ability to do needed research for land claims.
  • Expert testimony

    Law Times has two stories this week that relate to expert testimony or expert witnesses. In one, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the dismissal of a lawyer’s claim against a handwriting expert for defamation. In Deverett Law Offices v. Pitney, lawyer Michael Deverett’s firm brought a claim against a handwriting analyst who had done work for a former client.
  • All that glitters

    Among the lawyers I know in my peer group, there was an incredibly steep drop-off rate when it came to high-paced jobs.
  • Petty position

    There’s an old adage: If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them. I was reminded of this phrase recently as controversy trickled up about a statement of principles lawyers will be required to sign. The issue is, admittedly, complex.
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