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Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Harsher penalties to stop workplace discrimination, boost accommodation | Stuart Rudner

The message seems clear: in 2018, people should not be prevented from working due to barriers that have no relation to their ability to do their job. And yet our courts and tribunals continue to award nominal compensation when organizations discriminate against candidates or employees in contravention of human rights legislation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Newfoundland: Minority parents and international entrepreneurs | Colin Singer

Visible minorities in Newfoundland and Labrador fear that the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act fails to account for cultural differences in parenting and caregiving. Parents say they are battling a misconception that they are too hard on their children or do not love them as much. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Don’t let spike in gun deaths push quick fix over long-term solutions | Anthony Doob

One advantage of being 75 years old is that I remember earlier panics about Toronto gun homicides. Toronto’s mayor and Ontario’s premier, being younger than me, apparently don’t remember the bad old days when people searched wildly for quick fix solutions to gun homicides. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

SCC’s TWU decision not the last word on religious accommodation | Barry Bussey

After a gruelling period of legal wrangling, Trinity Western University (TWU) has decided to remove the mandatory requirement that students sign its Community Covenant. Until last Thursday, TWU required all campus personnel (students, faculty and staff) to abide by a religious code, including the stipulation that sexual intimacy be reserved for heterosexual marriage. This was deemed discriminatory by the law societies in B.C, Nova Scotia and Ontario who refused accreditation of TWU’s proposed law school, leading to four years of litigation I will label this “TWU 2” (with the 2001 education degree case being “TWU 1”). ... [read more]

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

The anonymous resumé: What’s in a name? | Shara Roy

This year Lenczner Slaght is approaching student recruitment differently. All student applications will be anonymized. When candidates for second year positions submit their applications, their names will be removed and replaced by a number. It may seem impersonal — no one wants to be a number — but it guards against real concerns of bias in the hopes of improving both the process and the result. ... [read more]

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Wellness: End of civil dialogue bad for legal profession and your health | Darryl Singer

Lately, I find it absolutely necessary for my mental health to give myself a “news free” day. No Canadian or American news. No social media. I’m finding the polarization of political and social viewpoints to be energy depleting and soul sucking. Some commentators have even speculated that it may be a hybrid form of PTSD. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

Ruling out stereotypes | Jennifer Taylor and Jessica Piper

We were disappointed to read a recent The Lawyer’s Daily article setting out rules that women law students should follow during their articling interviews. These included, “Wear a skirt” and “Ensure that your skirt is not too short and not too long.” Let’s be clear: In 2018, women don’t need to wear skirts to job interviews (or hide their family status, or talk about sports they’re not interested in — which were two of the other rules in the article). ... [read more]

Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Gathering the facts for class action reform in Ontario | Nye Thomas

It has been 25 years since the enactment of Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act (CPA). In that time, class actions have grown in number, complexity, impact…and controversy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 @ 2:02 PM

Law Reform: Your vulnerability is your strength | Elsa Ascencio

Almost a year ago, I went public with my story. I was living with depression while finishing law school and starting my articles at a prominent, union-side boutique firm in Ottawa. My peers were celebrating 3L as the “easy year” of their law school. But for me, 3L was a nightmare. I felt as if I was the only one suffering. In response, I turned to the most powerful weapon on earth — a pen and paper. ... [read more]

Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Access to Justice: How it’s looking on the ground | Thomas Cromwell

West Coast LEAF is a legal advocacy group whose mandate is to use the law to create an equal and just society for all women and people who experience gender-based discrimination. In other words, it is an organization dedicated to access to justice writ large. I was able to speak to Zahra Jimale, West Coast LEAF’s Director of Law Reform about its work, her conception of access to justice and, most importantly, how successful we’ve been in improving access to justice on the ground. Here is what she told me. ... [read more]