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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

In Callidus Capital, SCC looks at litigation funding | Julius Melnitzer

With the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to hear the appeal in 9354-9186 Québec inc., et al. v. Callidus Capital Corporation 2018 QCCA 632, litigation funding will for the first time be front and centre at the high court. ... [read more]

Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 3:34 PM

Things I’ve learned since law school | Kurt Sandstrom

As we enter the “back to school” season, it has given me pause to ruminate on my own journey through the practice of law, especially having just celebrated my 30-year anniversary in the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

It’s election time: Why we run | Peggy Nash

Heading into this fall’s federal election, hundreds of Canadians will once again offer themselves as candidates. Most run with political parties, but a few such as Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, will be independent candidates. While most of us complain from the sidelines, this group of Canadians is standing behind their words, speaking out in public and taking the blowback that inevitably comes with sticking your head above the parapet. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

Predicting just cause for dismissal a mug’s game | Stuart Rudner

When it comes to just cause for dismissal, the only absolute rule is that there are no absolute rules. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

First, let’s love all the lawyers | Marcel Strigberger

Our profession is a noble one. But unfortunately, lay people often view us negatively, as sharks, shysters and ambulance chasers.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

SNC-Lavalin affair: Jobs over democracy | Julius Melnitzer

The “public interest,” it turns out, can be a real threat to democracy. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

Terror in the courts | Lawrence David

The concept of “terror” is not one commonly associated with civil litigation. “Terror” and “terrorism” instead overwhelmingly arise in the context of national security prosecutions, refugee status determinations and the listing of terrorist entities under Part II.1 of the Criminal Code. Still, many civil litigators are or may quickly become familiar with another form of “terror in the courts” — namely, the in terrorem doctrine. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 1:13 PM

Do law firms need big digital marketing programs? | Kim McLaughlin

If I had a dollar for every lawyer who said, “Kim, I don’t need a big digital marketing program,” I would own an island. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Why I’m calling for complete repeal of statement of principles | Sam Goldstein

People have asked me why I did not support the compromise motion at the June 27 meeting of Convocation that would have made the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial requirement that all licensees adopt a statement of principles (SOP) endorsing the society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives voluntary. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Legal aid ping pong harms vulnerable refugee claimants | Stephen Kaduuli

In its spring budget, the Ontario government cut Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding by $133 million and said it will no longer provide provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. LAO is mandated to promote access to justice for refugee claimants among other vulnerable Ontarians. ... [read more]