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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 @ 4:06 PM

Ontario Securities Commission issues warning against unregistered dealers and advisers

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has warned Ontario investors that eight companies are not registered to deal or advise in securities in Ontario. A news release identified the companies as:  ... [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]

Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 4:19 PM

Competition Bureau reaches settlement agreement with environmental company GFL

The Competition Bureau has reached an agreement with GFL Environmental Inc. to resolve litigation related to GFL’s purchase of Terrapure Environmental Ltd. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 11:21 AM

LSO says continuing with online examinations ‘not possible’ due to cheating investigation Law Society of Ontario CEO Diana Miles

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is standing by its decision to shift the dates of its upcoming lawyer licensing examinations due to an ongoing investigation into whether exam content had been improperly accessed. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 5:03 PM

Ontario court dismisses plaintiff's request to set aside arbitral award in mining dispute

A mining company has lost its application for leave to appeal an arbitration award after it failed to object to the tribunal’s jurisdiction over disputed claims in a timely manner. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 10:40 AM

Lead generation best practices for lawyers Hand holding magnet attracts people

The phrase “lead generation” may sound intimidating. Isn’t that a sales term? How does it apply to my law firm or legal practice? ... [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]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

LSO licensing exam date change ‘undermines’ candidates’ mental health, competitiveness, student says Ryan Shah, University of Toronto

An open letter signed by over 500 law students has been sent to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requesting the regulator “provide lawyer licensing candidates the option to write the barrister and solicitor examinations according to the original schedule the LSO provided at the outset of the licensing process.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

B.C. Court of Appeal overturns securities commission’s preservation order over lack of evidence

The British Columbia Securities Commission's decision to make a preservation order freezing the assets of an appellant failed to meet the low evidentiary standard to support its allegations against the appellant, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. ... [read more]