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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

NAFTA 2.0: Time to get it right or kill it | Pamela Palmater

There is a long list of items that U.S. President Donald Trump has put on his “to kill” list, including Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, the Department of Education, immigration and most recently, NAFTA. Trump called the North American Free Trade Agreement the “worst trade deal ever made” in U.S. history and indicated he may have to kill the deal. ... [read more]

Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

A snapshot of contemporary family law practice in Canada | John-Paul Boyd

A wide-ranging study by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, based on a survey of lawyers, touched on a number of important issues — from self-represented litigants and family violence to Unified Family Courts and limited-scope legal services — and made some interesting findings. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Supreme Court has identified a cause of crime: Judicial decisions | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

The Supreme Court, this past spring, issued a decision (R. v. Antic) that, in effect, told judges and justices that if they would only follow the law, crime would decrease. Before you dismiss this statement as a bit of false news, consider a few facts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Hi-Tech: Outdated technology bad for your client, firm and the law | Luigi Benetton

BlackBerries still serve their owners well. But other outdated technologies still being uses by Canadian lawyers can cause consequences worse than teasing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

The legal challenges of chronic pain | Bernard Gluckstein and Jan Marin

Sufferers, many of whom turn to opioids for relief after an accident, face hurdles persuading the courts, including juries, that their invisible injuries are real and thus worthy of compensation. Personal injury lawyers need to anticipate these obstacles and take a proactive approach in such cases. ... [read more]

Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Canada should withdraw from the Safe Third Country Agreement | Matthew Jeffery

The discriminatory policy of the Trump administration means the U.S. can no longer be considered a "safe third country" for refugee claimants. It also means Canada can expect to see more claimants cross the border illegally in search of protection, making withdrawal from the agreement necessary if this country is to uphold its promises to the displaced. ... [read more]

Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Wellness: How our profession is killing us | Darryl Singer

I have written and spoken extensively about my struggles with addiction to narcotics and the concomitant anxiety and depression. I have talked about how, between 2005 and 2008, my addiction practically destroyed the practice, finances, and hard earned reputation built since my call to bar in ’93; how it ruined personal relationships and could have (but thankfully didn’t) cost me my kids; how lawyer friends of mine died by overdose or suicide. ... [read more]

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

Parents who are opioid addicts need help, not society's judgment | Melani Carefoot

Children can be the biggest losers when those who care for them don't seek treatment out of fear of punishment. While kids' safety is a priority, families and professionals should try to ensure they can maintain a relationship with a drug-dependent parent during periods of separation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

How Jordan decision will impact disciplinary law | Nathalie Dubé

In July 2016, in the Jordan case, the Supreme Court of Canada established the procedural delays beyond which the accused is presumed to have been deprived of the right to a fair trial in a reasonable time. What is the basis for this decision, and will it have an effect on the justice system applicable to professionals? ... [read more]

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

Toronto’s Arbitration Place offers alternative to Trump’s America | Julius Melnitzer

“Bold” describes the legal profession to about the same extent that “discreet” describes The Donald. But there are exceptions. And there’s a lot to be learned from them. For those eager to escape lawyers’ unique brand of quicksand, from which they innately view opportunity as risk, Arbitration Place (AP) in Toronto may be a good place to start. ... [read more]