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Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

‘Facing Resistance’ event highlights access to justice barriers | Kimia Fleming

When people think about past injustices, they tend to reflect upon laws that were challenged, resistance to altering the status quo and those who stood up to make changes happen. However, perhaps a more pertinent question is what more can be done? ... [read more]

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

Tax Views: Taxation of cryptocurrency transactions | Vern Krishna

As with cannabis and cigarettes, trading in cryptocurrencies tends to be in the shadows, which has its own reporting temptations for taxpayers. However, as we approach the tax filing deadlines for 2018, taxpayers need to assemble their records in respect of their investments in cryptocurrencies. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Don’t get too excited about the latest Canadian law firm rankings | Julius Melnitzer

With a passing glance at Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Brand Index 2018, many Canadian firms who have resisted the impulse to merge with global giants might just be patting themselves on the back. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Reducing police shootings and the lessons of Const. Ken Lam | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Police shootings are perhaps more associated with the United States than with Canada. But on April 23, the police shooting story was about the Toronto police officer who did not shoot the suspect charged with multiple murders and attempted murders on Yonge Street in Toronto. ... [read more]

Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:59 AM

Stay calm and carry on the message in R. v. Comeau | Richard Pound

Okay, everyone, take a Valium. For the Chicken Littles among us — relax. The sky is not falling on the regulation of interprovincial trade. Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 is not dead. Its important role has simply been brought into slightly sharper focus. By the same token, the provinces have not been turned loose to completely frustrate the free movement of goods in the context of interprovincial trade. ... [read more]

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]