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Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

Manitoba’s law society getting new president Grant Driedger, Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP

Law Society of Manitoba incoming president Grant Driedger plans to use his time in the role to help bring greater access to justice to the province and guide the profession through challenges caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. Driedger, a civil, administrative and estate lawyer with Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP, will officially become president at the law society’s next bencher meeting, on May 20. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 9:24 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds Law Society Tribunal decision involving Toronto lawyer

A prominent Toronto personal injury lawyer engaged in a “cat and mouse game” with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) that was the “antithesis of good faith dealings,” the Ontario Court of Appeal has found in upholding a Law Society Tribunal ruling. ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Recalling employees back to office from remote work? Think constructive dismissal Woman at screen

In a long-awaited employment law ruling, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 27, 2021, held that employees temporarily laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic can bring civil action for constructive dismissal. ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Legal aid services and estates law Drowning hand reaching for legal aid help

The Legal Aid Services Act (LASA) received royal assent in July 2020 as part of the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act. The LASA is a step forward to modernize the legal aid framework for low-income Ontarians through a shift from a regulatory regime to giving Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) more flexibility to develop and adapt its own rules, policies and services that better serve low-income Ontarians. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

COVID, parties, manslaughter | Kyla Lee

 A recent case in British Columbia has attracted a lot of attention as a result of comments made by the sentencing judge. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

The art of the 15-minute coffee break | Joseph Hamon

I am a relaxation failure. I jump up between deals of euchre with my kids and vacuum. And when I vacuum, I use the hosel rather than any large economical attachment on my little golf putting strip. OK, I am a little fanatical and an amateur perfectionist. In short, I am a family law practitioner and a failure of the 15-minute coffee break. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

B.C. law society in good financial shape after first three months of 2021

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is in the black after the first three months of 2021, according to numbers revealed at its April 23 bencher meeting. Revenue in the law society’s general fund for the quarter ending March 31 was $7.8 million, $1.1 million ahead of what had been previously budgeted, with operating expenses at $6.5 million. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

‘Gloves are off’ in Ontario paralegals’ fight over immigration practice restrictions Antonio (Tony) Caruso

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has been hit with a lawsuit saying it is unfairly narrowing the scope of practice for paralegals who work in immigration law. The lawsuit, which was launched by paralegals Kashif Ali and Antonio (Tony) Caruso, is arguing an LSO bylaw which restricts their practice to proceedings before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and excludes them from filling out immigration applications on behalf of their clients directly contravenes s. 91(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: A year later: What does COVID-19 mean for you? Gary Mitchell

It is now just a little over one year since the world, including the legal world, got kicked in the briefs. And yes, that pun was intended. From lockdown to opening up, then back and forth between different levels of restrictions, it’s certainly been a challenging year. This column serves as a recap of what we have gone through, and some of what we can expect moving forward. ... [read more]