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Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Systemic changes, not tougher laws needed to curb gun violence | Clayton Ruby

Okay. We’re feeling, as many of you must be as well, that guns are everywhere and that illegal handguns are out of control. We can’t accept that our future is one of plastic printed guns — with no metal parts — that could not be detected even going on an airplane. But why is this occurring and what can we do? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Articling interview ‘rules’ for women law graduates | Jasmine Daya

There were unspoken rules for females when I was in law school about what to say or more accurately what not to say during articling interviews. I graduated from law school 13 years ago, so I cannot say with certainty that these “rules” still exist, but I would be surprised if they had suddenly disappeared given the glacial pace of change in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Scorching open letter calls for culture shift at Immigration Division | Rebecca Lockwood

Along with 49 other immigration-refugee lawyers, I signed an open letter in support of the recent audit of the Immigration Division that called for change in the culture and practice of this branch of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). The letter, like the audit, was straightforward in its conclusions: the ID does not uphold the standards of fairness and transparency expected in a decision-making body in charge of people’s life, liberty and security of person. And this needs to change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Ambiguity in Bill C-78 signals child-centred focus | John-Paul Boyd

Two phrases from the recently tabled Bill C-78, the bill proposing sweeping and much-needed revisions to the Divorce Act, caught my eye the first time I read it: “substantially equal” and “vast majority.” Both terms arise in connection with the relocation provisions of the bill, and the burden of proof that shifts depending on the distribution of children’s time between their parents. The terms raise a number of interesting questions about certainty and ambiguity and what it means to live in a civil society governed by the rule of law. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

Make sure you can justify those restrictive covenants in employment agreements | Stuart Rudner

Is it fair to use a non-competition clause to shut someone out of an industry? What about a non-solicitation clause? Will courts even enforce such restrictions? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Province flexes its muscle by slashing Toronto City Council seats | John Mascarin and Monica Ciriello

A bombshell was dropped on the eve of municipal nomination day: Toronto City Council would be slashed from 47 members to 25 — not for future elections but for the upcoming election in 2018. Then on nomination day newly elected Premier Doug Ford called Toronto’s council “the most dysfunctional political arena in the country” and announced that his government would introduce a series of reforms to alter the structure of local government in Toronto. ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Stop commoditizing real estate law | Sandra Bekhor

“Lowest cost guaranteed.” “Call now to get $100 off.” “Competitive legal fees.” “Affordable legal services.” That's what you get when you search for a real estate lawyer in Toronto. What’s more, these aren’t just organic search results. These are Google Adwords. That means lawyers are paying (quite the hefty fee) to get these advertisements out there. That’s not to say that they don’t work. They may indeed drive inquiries. But is that a sustainable way to market your practice? ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Access to Justice: Diana Lowe on support for families as they restructure | Thomas Cromwell

Alberta has been engaged for several years in an ambitious family law reform effort. I spoke to Diana Lowe, co-lead of the Reforming the Family Justice System (RFJS) initiative, about what they have been doing and what’s ahead. Here is the second part of my interview with her. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

How Global Talent Stream targets world’s best tech workers | Colin Singer

Rewind to 2016 and Canada’s technology industry was struggling to hire the best skilled workers to help startup businesses grow. Then along came the Global Talent Stream (GTS). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

We can do more about discrimination than name-blind hiring | Kimia Fleming

When the news broke that a Toronto law firm would be participating in name-blind hiring, I should have been more thrilled than I was. ... [read more]