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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Putting a price on the harm from sexual assault and harassment | Nicole Simes

In 2012, the Pinto Report recommended higher damage awards from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). The HRTO has recognized that low-value awards for discrimination and harassment create a licence to discriminate. However, the value of general damage awards for breach of the Human Rights Code remains consistently low. The average awards for the past few years range from $10,000 to $15,000 as reported by the Human Right Legal Support Centre. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Access to Justice: Current crop of law students committed, enthusiastic | Thomas Cromwell

It is easy to get discouraged by the slow pace of progress on improving access to justice. But a constant source of encouragement is the enthusiasm and commitment of the current generation of law students. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Hi-Tech: Free online legal resources good news for lawyers | Luigi Benetton

Are you an in-house counsel looking for ways to help control outside legal expenses? There’s good news: certain law firms are making “boilerplate” expertise available online — no obligation, no cost. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

The Coach: What’s in your plan for retirement? | Gary Mitchell

Are you a solo practice lawyer with retirement staring at you in the face? What about a small firm owner in the same situation? Have you thought about your exit strategy? Cashout or retirement? ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

The current mess of class action carriage motions | Julius Melnitzer

So, Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice believes that law firms seeking carriage of a class action should hire independent counsel to argue carriage motions. Why? ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Family law report shows marked contrast in adversarial and non-adversarial processes | John-Paul Boyd

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family has just released a new report comparing the expense, efficiency and efficacy of different resolution processes in family law disputes. The study was undertaken with the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, as a part of the forum’s seven-year Cost of Justice project, and examined the views of 166 lawyers practising in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia on collaborative negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Insurance know-how vital for plaintiff’s lawyer toolkit | Sandra Kovacs

To fully advocate for an injured plaintiff it is essential to have at least a basic understanding of how the insurance world works, first because the availability of insurance proceeds to satisfy any judgment or settlement is usually imperative, but also because there may be a tangled web of insurance responding on behalf of the defendant or defendants that can inform one’s strategy to maximize a client’s recovery. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Wellness: Five ways to reduce stress and boost practice profits | Darryl Singer

Let’s talk workflow (or work-in-process, WIP), money and your stress. Guess what? The three are linked. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Canada’s criminalization of the Indigenous tobacco trade | Pamela Palmater

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that there is no more important relationship than the one with Indigenous peoples and committed to a renewed Nation to Nation relationship based on respect for Indigenous rights. This is a significant commitment from the Liberal government, as Harper passed numerous laws impacting Indigenous rights – without complying with the legal duty to consult, accommodate and obtain the consent of First Nations. One bill which attracted a great deal of resistance was Bill C-10 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco). ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

New rules needed for partisan doctors | Patrick Brown

“First, do no harm”, one of the many promises within the Hippocratic Oath that is taken by medical students prior to beginning their practice. In personal injury cases, doctors are constantly consulted to provide opinions as to the extent of a person’s injuries. So what happens when doctors and medical professionals deviate from their duty to provide opinions that are fair, objective and non-partisan? ... [read more]