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Barrister Dr Crowne: Govt’s Property Tax Act is unconstitutional and will fail in court

Sep. 7th 2015: during the General Elections for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at Baliser House, Port of Spain. Photo: Allan V. Crane

“The Constitution does […] permit laws to infringe constitutionally protected rights. Such laws must be ‘reasonably justifiable’ and passed with a special majority… “The Property Tax Act, however, was passed with a simple majority. It cannot benefit from this Constitutional exception.” The following Letter to the Editor regarding the legality of the …

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Dear Editor: Does T&T practice selective law enforcement? And what are the ramifications?

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“The disproportionate prosecution of working class criminals ultimately serves to maintain ruling-class power and to reinforce ruling class ideology—thus performing ‘ideological functions’ for the ruling class.” Orson Rogers considers potential flaws in the way that Trinidad and Tobago deals with crime: As an armchair crime watcher and based on considerable …

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MATT concerned by Faris’ “worrisome” Cybercrime Bill; potential to criminalise journalists

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“MATT remains deeply troubled that the Cybercrime Bill has retained its potential to criminalise professional journalists working in the public interest. “While MATT follows the argument that the redrafted Clause 8 of the Cybercrime Bill introduces layers of proof—intentionally, without lawful excuse, justification—to be satisfied by a complainant in order …

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Fixin T&T: Anti-corruption legislation before property tax; protect treasury first and foremost!

Sep. 7th 2015: during the General Elections for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at Baliser House, Port of Spain. Photo: Allan V. Crane

Effective implementation of meaningful legislation to govern procurement, campaign financing, party financing and whistle blowing must be made the top priority of the Dr Keith Rowley-led PNM Government. Systems must be put in place to properly protect our patrimony and minimise opportunities for the pilferage of our money before we …

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Dear Editor: What you should know about Asperger’s; and why it matters

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“Whereas autism is often reflected in poor academics and developmental issues, children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome usually possess an average or even above average IQ, which means they are not easily diagnosed since they are not inhibited from succeeding academically. “However they may be mislabeled as ‘difficult’, ‘antisocial’, ‘awkward’ and even …

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