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Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Trudeau’s dance of deception on Indigenous rights | Pamela Palmater

On February 14, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to develop a new legislative framework called the “Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework” intended to recognize Indigenous rights and avoid litigation. This announcement came after the incredulous not guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley murder trial – the farmer who killed Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation – and the subsequent nationwide rallies and protests by Indigenous peoples. There is no doubt that Trudeau was trying to deflect attention from the deep-rooted racism within Canada’s justice system – but also in his own government’s failure to take substantive action on any of the injustices facing Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Access to Justice: How the Rise Women’s Legal Centre helps the most marginalized | Thomas Cromwell

One of the biggest of the access to justice challenges is the gap in availability of legal services. So many people fall in the gap between eligibility for legal aid and the ability to retain private counsel. One innovative initiative to help fill parts of this gap is the Rise Women’s Legal Centre in Vancouver. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Political commentary on Stanley verdict enters dangerous territory | Clayton Ruby and Annamaria Enenajor

The outrage on the part of politicians that followed the acquittal of Gerald Stanley for the 2016 death of Colten Boushie is appropriate, but it should not be directed toward the outcome of this case; rather it should be directed toward the root causes of the injustice that this case represents to so many. We require action on the part of our political leaders, not abstract rhetoric on how we can and must do better. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

The Headhunter: In-house lawyers: Plan for your success | David Namkung

As a recruiter, I encounter too many in-house lawyers without a clear career plan. As a result, they remain in the same position with the same responsibilities year after year, without a clear path forward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Hi-Tech: On-screen document annotation is great, if you know how | Luigi Benetton

When asked the last time he annotated a paper document, Don Cameron paused. “Let me think about that,” he said. “Probably years. I don’t like the permanency of it,” continued the partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP. “I prefer to annotate, then come back and change my annotation once I get the answer to a question in an annotation. The document evolves instead of becoming an ungodly mess.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

Blind selection better than quotas for promoting diversity | Stuart Rudner

According to a recent story on CBC, in an effort to bolster the number of women, Indigenous people and racial minorities sitting on corporate boards, a group of senators is poised to amend government legislation that would force companies to set internal diversity targets. ... [read more]

Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Seeing is believing: Litigation in the age of surveillance | Patrick Brown

With the advent of new technology from dashboard cameras to iPhones, it has become easier to capture a collision unfolding right before our eyes. Gone are the days where we only get carefully crafted statements that are slanted at times to the view of the adjuster, investigator or police officer who is taking them. Things are not always as they seem. But remember, tapes are erased quickly and timely preservation is key. ... [read more]

Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

Why we need Drug Treatment Courts | Lorne Sabsay

The Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP) is comprised of judges, lawyers and treatment providers who either work in Canadian Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) or advocate for them. We share common ground with Professors Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner (‘Taking a hard look at drug courts’, The Lawyer’s Daily, January 18, 2018) inasmuch as they advocate for more studies to evaluate the efficacy of DTCs. We do need more studies, particularly in Canada. However, our experience demonstrates the undoubted value of DTCs as an alternative to traditional criminal prosecution in appropriate cases. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

The ICBC ‘dumpster fire’: How much is really burning? | Sandra Kovacs

British Columbia Attorney General David Eby recently described the current state of the province’s automobile insurer, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), as a “financial dumpster fire.”  It is clear that ICBC has a problem, but it is a problem without a clear definition. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

Wellness: Five ways to stop your smartphone from controlling your day | Darryl Singer

There is no doubt that smart adaptation of technology such as e-mail, cloud-based file servers, law firm specific apps for docketing, file management and document review can improve the efficiency of your practice and your bottom line. Yet, the very same technological advances may be negatively impacting both your employees’ productivity and creating a wellness crisis for you. ... [read more]