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Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

Wellness: Five ways to cope with emotions of difficult clients | Darryl Singer

As I write this, I have just completed an examination for discovery. My client was examined for several hours about a traumatic event which gave rise to the lawsuit. Several times during her Zoom testimony, I had to turn off my camera as I was tearing up. I routinely represent victims of institutional sexual assault in civil lawsuits, and in every one of these cases each interaction with the client left me feeling sad. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 11:57 AM

Drugs, housing, dry cells | Jeffrey Hartman

 “All I want is the truth, just give us some truth”  ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 10:41 AM

We are all here to stay | Joan Jack

Now that the Pope has apologized, maybe things will be different for us. I doubt it. The change must come from within the hearts of every Canadian and, with all due respect, I don’t think the Pope has that kind of influence over the average Canadian. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 9:19 AM

Treatment of animals by Canadian legal system slowly evolving, legal experts say V. Victoria Shroff, Shroff & Associates

How the law treats animals is slowly evolving in Canada, away from a concept which considers them merely property towards one which gives them more and more legal rights. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 8:52 AM

Tenant-lawyer connection portal and access to justice | Karen Perron

The past two years have demonstrated how quickly and capably the Ontario Bar Association can respond to the evolving needs of lawyers across Ontario. Whether it was enabling our courts to stay up and running through the use of virtual courtrooms or combining innovation with decades of experience and expertise to help members and the entire legal profession navigate through some very choppy waters, the OBA has showed how valuable it is. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 9:19 AM

The continued elusiveness of prison justice | Lea Keren

Individuals facing incarceration in federal prisons are offered one means to address the human rights abuses they experience — the Inmate Grievance system. It is for this reason that the present failings in the Inmate Grievance system are a blatant obstruction to justice and a monumental failure of our justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 1:26 PM

Attention library science deniers Librarian

In conversation with a library patron, I was told: “I hope perception [of your job] is changing, but I also think it’s that you’re a woman sitting behind a desk, so you’re obviously a secretary.” This was in response to a concern I shared that as a solo librarian running a “small” library I have many duties that go beyond a “regular” library job. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 10:47 AM

Canada’s game-changing Jane Goodall Act: Global rise of sentience Animals Partying

There’s positive change in the air for animals this spring. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 10:28 AM

Consecutive or concurrent? | John L. Hill

The 2006 to 2011 years of the Harper Conservative government introduced Canada to social and economic conservatism. A major target for right-wing idealogues was the “get tough on crime” principles that became the brand for the new orthodoxy. One piece of legislation stands out as the hallmark for this agenda: consecutive sentences for multiple killings. That change came about in 2011. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 @ 8:23 AM

Phone calls in prison | David Dorson

Editor’s note: David Dorson is the pen name of someone who went through arrest, case disposition, imprisonment and parole in Ontario a few years ago. The Lawyer’s Daily has granted anonymity because he offers a unique perspective on a subject that matters deeply to many readers, and revealing the author’s identity would make re-establishment in the community after serving his sentence much more difficult than it already is. ... [read more]