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Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Ontario’s anti-human trafficking initiative | Elene Lam, Anne Margaret Deck, Sandra Ka Hon Chu blue_ribbon_sm

On March 6, the Ontario government announced an investment of $307 million over five years in an alleged strategy to “combat human trafficking and end sexual exploitation across the country.” The unprecedented scale of the financial investment in the strategy, which includes funding for community-based services and the bolstering of misguided law enforcement efforts, coincides with some of the most comprehensive budget cuts and privatization of services in Ontario. This strategy will do profound harm to sex workers, while failing to meaningfully address human trafficking. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

Some chicken, some neck: Why humour’s beneficial in trying times | Marcel Strigberger

To what extent is humour beneficial or rather perhaps necessary in these times of COVID-19 adversity? Some will drop platitudes such as, “Humour? You’re not taking this seriously,” or “This is no time for humour.”   ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Making sense of shifting COVID-19 immigration laws | Ravi Jain

Immigration lawyers have been grappling with a flurry of new rules relating to COVID-19. There have been Transport Canada announcements as per the Aeronautics Act, Program Delivery Instructions and “Special Instructions” by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), pronouncements by the minister of public safety, the deputy prime minister and even the prime minister. There has been a travel ban and then exceptions to the travel ban. There have been orders-in-council amending earlier versions of the same and also amendments to the Regulations to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 2:54 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Where your pets fit into COVID-19 crisis | Victoria Shroff

Health and well-being of humans is interrelated with our family pets and should be addressed. It’s a troubling time for humans, but animals are also impacted by COVID-19’s world rampage. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

Indigenous needs during pandemic demand culturally competent response | Naomi Sayers

In May 2019, the final report of the national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people was leaked to the media. The final report contained 231 calls for justice, which are described as “legal imperatives”. Some of those calls for justice highlight health and wellness, and Indigenous rights, to name a few. The calls for justice are more important now than ever especially as the current novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, spreads to Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

What B.C.’s gender equity plan means for diversity, access to justice | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2018, British Columbia committed to advancing gender equality by ensuring that gender equity is reflected in all budget, policy and program decisions. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA-Plus) is now a required component of all cabinet, budget and Treasury Board submissions. The benefits of this analysis are exciting and sometimes unexpected. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]