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Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 8:37 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis | Darryl Singer

COVID-19 has us all on the edge of our seats. What does it mean for our clients’ interests, the administration of justice, our health, our profession, our income, our families? ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:09 PM

COVID-19: Employer, employee give and take | Stuart Rudner

The World Health Organization has confirmed that we are now in the midst of a pandemic. Many countries have enacted dramatic travel restrictions, some cities and countries have attempted to shut themselves off completely from the outside world. Broadway is dark, all professional sports leagues have been suspended, school breaks have been extended, and people are fighting over toilet paper in the stores. So, what are employers supposed to do, and what can employees expect? ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

What our courts can and should do to address COVID-19 concerns | Kyla Lee

From what I have heard from court staff, sheriffs and other lawyers, our courts are inadequately prepared to address the COVID-19 outbreak. In British Columbia, there are currently no enhanced sanitation procedures in place. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 12:24 PM

O Canada, O LSO: Reflections on Canadian cultural competence, law society | Ian G. Wilkinson

Winter in Canada ... blizzards, ice storms, highway pileups or being stuck in the middle of nowhere are all part of our collective frontier mentality. Canadian cultural memories include people digging themselves out and helping their neighbours do the same, snowball fights, tobogganing and kids playing road hockey.  ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

Assessing Alberta Law Society code of professional conduct | Derek Anderson

The Alberta Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) is, in principle, intended to be a comprehensive guide to identifying and resolving ethical concerns before the need to engage a formal resolution structure becomes apparent.  ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Canada sets record for new immigrants in 2019 | Colin Singer

Canada admitted a modern-era record of more than 341,000 new permanent residents in 2019, new government data shows. The 341,180 immigrants welcomed last year was the second consecutive year Canada has admitted more than 300,000 immigrants. Before 2018, the last time Canada did that was 1912. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

International Women’s Day: Enabling diversity in boardroom | Helle Bank Jorgensen

Once again, March 8 is International Women’s Day, and while each year sees new achievements for women around the world, some areas of gender equality continue to drag behind. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Three leaders who embody International Women’s Day | Naomi Sayers

This International Women’s Day, a day started to celebrate women’s global achievements, is Sunday March 8. Sometimes, success and achievements look different for many. For me, success and achievements mean resisting interlocking systems of oppression to achieve greater equality, not just for women but for those who will come after us. Some of the women at the top of my mind during this day include these three inspiring Indigenous women: ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 10:48 AM

Law needs feminism team proves innovative solutions can come from anyone | Manpreet Dhillon

Every individual’s experiences are compelling. These experiences help mould one’s worldview and how they insert themselves in this construct. During the summer months, the all-female executive of the Calgary Women Studying Law Association (CWSLA) discussed curating an experience for our members which reflected our passion for diversity and inclusivity across law schools, the legal profession and the justice system. ... [read more]