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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Civil juries, the high-tech world and the presumption of impartiality | Patrick Brown

The right to a jury is a substantial right but not an absolute one. Many jurisdictions have abolished the civil jury trials altogether. Part of the difficulty is that it is far too costly to ensure jurors are impartial and not accessing information outside the courtroom. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

Timing, body language, eye contact key to acing your interview | Warren Bongard

I am often asked what the appropriate protocols are after you've interviewed for a new position. While my career focuses on the lawyer market, one would be hard-pressed to argue that these tips don't apply across the board. Believe it or not, the post interview begins around minute five of the first interview. Why? Judgments are made in the first five minutes of most interviews, so before discussing minute six, it makes sense to address the first five minutes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

Endangered species have nothing to celebrate in Ontario | Sarah McDonald

The world is losing species at an astounding rate, and Ontario's Endangered Species Act, 2007 was designed to address that. But a decade later, it's evident that the province has failed to implement the legislation in a way that will ensure the protection and recovery of the most vulnerable species. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

Ontario minimum wage hike: Good idea, bad execution | Stuart Rudner

Is a 20 per cent increase in the minimum wage good for the economy, or a devastating blow to some businesses that will lead to the elimination of large numbers of jobs? On one hand, individuals should be paid a living wage. On the other, an increase in your hourly wage is meaningless if your hours are cut, or your job is eliminated altogether. As is usually the case, there is no simple answer. The problem may not be the fact that the minimum wage was increased, but the manner in which the increase was introduced. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 6:02 PM

CBC doc on forced resignation of Justice Le Dain a scathing look at legal profession | Julius Melnitzer

One Judge Down, CBC Radio’s revealing documentary about the shocking circumstances surrounding former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gerald Le Dain’s abrupt resignation from the court in 1988, is both a sorrowful reflection about how even the most enlightened among us treat mental illness and an eye-opener about misplaced values that still infuse the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

The voice of the child in the justice processes: New research| John-Paul Boyd

In September 2017, the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family and the Alberta Office of the Child and Youth Advocate held a conference in Calgary on children’s participation in justice processes, intended to share information about how the views of children and youth are heard, how their interests are protected and how their evidence is received. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

The Headhunter: How to say goodbye to your law firm | David Namkung

In 2010, Steven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant, made the news for his outrageous resignation. As his plane was taxiing, he reportedly had an altercation with a passenger, which was the final straw for an already disgruntled Slater. This incident prompted him to spew a string of profanities into the plane’s PA system, declare “... And that’s it, I’m done,” before grabbing two beers and triumphantly exiting by way of the plane’s emergency inflatable slide. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

#MeToo: The importance of increased non-pecuniary damages for sexual abuse | Sandra Kovacs

Most personal injury lawyers’ practices consist of actions seeking damages for injury arising from a fortuitous event, such as a motor vehicle accident. Fewer personal injury lawyers, myself included, are advocates for injury victims of an even more vulnerable kind: those who have suffered harm from an intentional act of sexual violence or exploitation. This area of practice is an important one, particularly since society at large is (finally) acknowledging the harm that sexual violence, harassment and exploitation causes to vulnerable persons, especially women, evidenced by the recent trend of the “#MeToo” movement following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 8:22 AM

Tax Views: Complex, uncertain split income rules not a good start to 2018 | Vern Krishna

We start the new year enthusiastic about our achievements in Canada. We are also mindful of the chaos that the minister of Finance caused last year with his tax reform proposals to promote so-called “fairness” for the middle class. The new taxes on split income (TOSI) target income shifting among shareholders of private corporations, such as professional corporations. ... [read more]

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Review of class action law must consider environmental claims | Richard Lindgren

Few environmental claims have obtained certification in the courts under current Ontario legislation, a situation that needs to be examined in the review by the Law Commission of Ontario in order to address legal barriers and economic hurdles. ... [read more]