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Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:49 AM

Tax Views: How fair is progressive taxation? | Vern Krishna

The public debate on “fair taxation” has escalated since the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, started his political campaign against professional corporations that pay tax at lower tax rates. The general consensus amongst Canadians is that individuals with higher incomes should pay more tax than individuals who earn less. But how much more is “fair”? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Along with the name change, law society should also look at title insurance | Julius Melnitzer

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) will be changing its name. Let’s hope it doesn’t use the occasion to toss its sticky if not seamy underside into the compost bin. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

Media images influence Canadians' views on refugees at border | Maureen Silcoff

Poll results show that those who have been crossing at irregular borders from the U.S. don't have the same level of support as Syrian refugees, who came to Canada in large numbers in the past two years. But given the immigration situation south of the border, are the irregular crossers less deserving of a chance to prove their cases? ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Access to Justice: Interview with Justice George Czutrin | Thomas Cromwell

Family law is a flash point for access to justice. Some jurisdictions report that as many as 70 per cent of family law litigants appear in court without legal representation. And with or without representation, the stress of legal proceedings adds to the burden of an already emotionally charged situation. The impact on children of conflict and delay in its resolution is hard to overestimate. ... [read more]

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

After Weinstein scandal, sexual harassment can no longer be seen as ‘cost of doing business’ | Stuart Rudner

My social media feed has been filled with stories about Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment and assault that has apparently been allowed to continue for decades, interspersed with mentions of the recent International Day of the Girl. What an interesting dichotomy. At the same time that we celebrate the fact that girls should not be limited in their aspirations or goals, and should not be scared simply because they are girls, we hear about the horrific treatment that aspiring young actresses have endured and are reminded that "being a woman remains the least safe you can be." ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Marshall report would deny natural justice to many claimants | Alexander Voudouris

Stakeholders say the review of Ontario's auto insurance system relied on outdated, inaccurate statistics, and failed to quantify insurers’ profits and assess the role profits play in benefits being fairly delivered. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

NAFTA 2.0: Time to get it right or kill it | Pamela Palmater

There is a long list of items that U.S. President Donald Trump has put on his “to kill” list, including Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, the Department of Education, immigration and most recently, NAFTA. Trump called the North American Free Trade Agreement the “worst trade deal ever made” in U.S. history and indicated he may have to kill the deal. ... [read more]

Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

A snapshot of contemporary family law practice in Canada | John-Paul Boyd

A wide-ranging study by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, based on a survey of lawyers, touched on a number of important issues — from self-represented litigants and family violence to Unified Family Courts and limited-scope legal services — and made some interesting findings. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Supreme Court has identified a cause of crime: Judicial decisions | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

The Supreme Court, this past spring, issued a decision (R. v. Antic) that, in effect, told judges and justices that if they would only follow the law, crime would decrease. Before you dismiss this statement as a bit of false news, consider a few facts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Hi Tech: Outdated technology bad for your client, firm and the law | Luigi Benetton

BlackBerries still serve their owners well. But other outdated technologies still being uses by Canadian lawyers can cause consequences worse than teasing. ... [read more]