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Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Out-of-court dispute resolution focus of latest Divorce Act overhaul | Lorne Wolfson

In the most significant overhaul of the Divorce Act since its enactment in 1985, the federal government has proposed significant changes to the way family law disputes are resolved in Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

A look inside drug treatment courts, by those who know | Lorne Sabsay

Friesen Press has recently published a book, People, Places and Things: Inspirational Voices from Canada's Drug Treatment Courts, edited by Justice Kofi Barnes. The book is a series of writings from various participants in drug treatment courts (DTCs) including the judges, the treatment providers and the defendant participants. It gives us tremendous insight into what goes on in DTCs and what they are really all about. The insight comes not from studies; not from statistics; not from numbers; the insight comes from real people talking about their real experience in Canada’s DTCs. ... [read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Extreme focus the key for personal injury lawyers | Sandra Bekhor

Personal injury marketing is a high-stakes business. Everything about it is oversized, relative to other areas of law. The cost. The vision. The competition. So, how can small to mid-sized firms compete? And is that even possible, if your firm's resources don’t allow you to be the headline sponsor of a hospital wing, injury affiliated conference or charity? There’s another way. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Dunsmuir revisited: If at first you don’t succeed… | Heather MacIvor

On May 10, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would hear three appeals from the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA). Most unusually, we were told why the Court granted leave: “The Court is of the view that these appeals provide an opportunity to consider the nature and scope of judicial review of administrative action, as addressed in Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, [2008] 1 S.C.R. 190, 2008 SCC 9, and subsequent cases.” This is big news. ... [read more]

Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Choice to be a sex worker driven by poverty, overregulation of trades | Ryan Handlarski

Ever since the Supreme Court decision in Bedford v. Canada [2013] 3 SCR 1101, 2013 SCC 72, where the bizarre half-measure laws in the Criminal Code around sex work were struck down, sex work has been some kind of a legal grey area: not exactly legal, but with the police mostly turning a blind eye to it. ... [read more]

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Wellness: Three tips addiction taught me for a happier practice | Darryl Singer

Several weeks ago, I spoke to more than 800 lawyers at the Law Society of Ontario’s Annual Family Law Summit. I was invited to speak about my descent into narcotic addiction and concomitant depression and how I successfully recovered and rebuilt my life and career. I quipped to the audience that as a former family lawyer who now practises civil and commercial litigation, while my addiction was not as a result of family law, family law sure as heck didn’t help. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Hi-Tech: Doing the business math of GDPR compliance | Luigi Benetton

Privacy legislation isn’t new. But thanks to headlines outing corporations that leak customer information and, more recently, the usage of Facebook data to sway political events, interest in privacy has spiked. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Get over your fear of giving references | Stuart Rudner

I admit, it has become a pet peeve of mine: employers want references to help them select the best candidates, but many of them refuse to provide references. And they do so out of a fear of liability that is completely irrational and unfounded. If I have said it once, I have said it 100 times: there is no good reason to have an absolute policy against providing references. To the contrary, it will usually be in an organization’s best interests to help a former employee find a job. ... [read more]

Monday, May 07, 2018 @ 8:29 AM

Courts taking consumers out of consumer protection | Julius Melnitzer

Two recent decisions from B.C. and Ontario have seen consumers getting the wrong end of the stick from the courts. ... [read more]

Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 8:30 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Removing law society’s ‘good character’ requirement a step too far | Sam Goldstein

Inclusion is the latest rage in politics today and the Benchers who run the Law Society of Ontario are not immune to its fetishism. The Society has been on a tear removing what it perceives as barriers to the profession to include more 'racialized' members of society, such as its controversial decision to change its 321-year-old name by dropping Upper Canada and replacing it with Ontario. In that spirit of inclusion, a group of lawyers are circulating a petition asking the Society to remove yet another perceived barrier they say is preventing Aboriginal Canadians from becoming lawyers. ... [read more]