Linda Hammerschmid

Are we carrying bans too far?

 Ask the Hammer I’ll be honest. About the only thing I think should be banned are assault rifles – automatic/semi -automatic/non-automatic – all of them. I’ll also confess that many years ago (many) in th...
Linda Hammerschmid

Food for random thoughts

Ask the Hammer I don’t know about you, but I find the juxtaposition of 2 assault cases last October to be troublesome to “the collective” that we call justice. If the pen is mightier than the sword, w...
Linda Hammerschmid

Polygamy only works…

Ask the Hammer  …if you are filing your income tax returns and have both a new spouse and a former spouse (or 2) to whom you pay support. Otherwise, not so much as a recent Court Judgment has determined. ...
Linda Hammerschmid

Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

Ask the Hammer In 2005 the Feds tasked 2 professors to prepare guidelines to determine levels of spousal support that could be payable under certain scenarios. Practical Case/Formula (From the Spousal...
Linda Hammerschmid

Systemic Legal Racism

Ask the Hammer Recently the issue of racism in legal circles was taken up by the Legal Profession’s regulatory body in Ontario.  Moreover, the Law Society of Upper Canada is set to examine measures that wo...
Linda Hammerschmid

My Pendulum Theory

Ask the Hammer Always, for the last column of the year, it is a struggle to pick one topic. On the one hand it is the Holiday Season, so the column should inspire joy, warm thoughts, generosity, family, pl...