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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 1:42 PM

Vaccine passports: Judge-proof by design | Heather MacIvor

As these words are written, public life in Ontario is slowly reviving. Indoor spaces that were dark and deserted for months on end are filling up. Schools have reopened. White-collar workers are trickling back to the office. This gradual return to pre-pandemic society is made possible by vaccines that prime the human immune system against the COVID-19 virus. And because the vaccinated look just like the unvaccinated, governments are creating mechanisms for fully immunized people to identify themselves before entering places with a heightened risk of transmission. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:54 AM

Canada’s A2J Week events promote truth, reconciliation, affordable justice for all | Julie Sobowale

The second annual National Access to Justice Week is taking place Oct. 25 to 29, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This year’s theme is inclusivity with a focus on truth and reconciliation. Each province will host free, virtual events highlighting community justice work in Canada and the importance of inclusivity in providing legal services. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Build it and they will come | John L. Hill

U.S. President Joe Biden has his “Build Back Better” campaign to upgrade infrastructure. Not to be outdone, the Ontario government is providing up to $2 million in additional funding for its own Build Back Better pilot project. The idea that building shows progress and prosperity is now well-imbedded in our collective psyche. We often hear the phrase, “Build it and they will come,” (a misquote of the 1989 movie Field of Dreams where it was said “he will come”) or even a reference to Genesis 6 where God supposedly told Noah to build it and they (the animals) would come. ... [read more]

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 5:10 PM

Updated with corrections: Law school tuition increases part of a larger issue | Saranjit Dhindsa

This column and headline have been re-written to correct inaccuracies that appeared in the previous version. It originally appeared on October 20. ... [read more]

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Chelsea Manning: Example or exception? | Kelly Goldthorpe

Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. intelligence analyst who leaked documents to WikiLeaks that exposed the extent of U.S. involvement in the “war on terror” in Afghanistan and Iraq, recently had a virtual hearing with the Immigration Division to determine her admissibility to Canada. The minister of public safety and emergency preparedness contends that Manning is inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality due to her convictions in the U.S. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Why go back to the courthouse? | Gary Joseph

Let me begin by saying that I very much miss in-person court. I miss the interactions with my colleagues at the bar. I miss the formality of the courtroom. I miss the vibe of the courthouse. I even miss “robing up.” Further, I believe that the courthouse is a symbol of our democracy, the rule of law which we all should cherish, and I love to be a participant in the role it plays in our society, but … as we move closer to in-person attendances, I ask why go back? ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 1:34 PM

The LSO’s advertising and referral myth | Darryl Singer

In 2017, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) amended the rules on advertising and referral fees. Despite this, in the last several years the LSO has seen fit to target the many personal injury firms across the province who generate the bulk of their work from advertising. This includes going after firms for infractions which predated the changes, when the rules were in more of a grey zone. (Full disclosure: this includes my current firm Diamond & Diamond Lawyers LLP and its senior partner Jeremy Diamond, who are presently in the middle of defending an ongoing prosecution). ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Dropping bro on his head? Reasonably foreseeable, your Honour | Marcel Strigberger

Mistakes. Also known as errors, blunders or in my best legalese, boo-boos. Do lawyers make any? ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

In mediation, don’t always try to meet in the middle | Stuart Rudner

“There’s an old saying that tells us that the person who offers to meet you in the middle is a poor judge of distance.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

Radical simple solution to B.C. Supreme Court backlog | Kyla Lee

I wrote a few months ago about the absolutely broken scheduling system in B.C. Supreme Court’s Vancouver civil chambers. Since that time, our office has still been unable to book a lengthy chambers hearing for even a single matter. ... [read more]