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Friday, November 05, 2021 @ 12:10 PM

Too early to pronounce vaccine passports judge-proof | Sayeh Hassan and Henna Parmar

The role of a lawyer is to advocate for and advance the position of their client in the best and most efficient way possible. Lawyers are not decision-makers. It is presumptuous for any lawyer to prematurely assume the court’s decision without being privy to the evidence that will be presented in court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 2:38 PM

Solitary: The next wave | John L. Hill

We now know and accept that our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in second, third and even fourth waves as outbreaks of the disease reoccur when we let our defences down. Perhaps our attempt to battle the COVID-19 outbreak can serve as an analogy for the way our government has responded to a crisis in corrections known as solitary confinement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Re-elected Liberal government’s plans for immigration | Colin Singer

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government got the vote of confidence it needed from Canadians to form another minority government, paving the way for an even greater push for more immigration to the country. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Sharing the wealth of the lands | Stephen O’Neill

“The prime minister … cares about the people way up north, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there. And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been, so it’s not on the improve. (But) we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help. Thank you everybody. Thanks for listening to that.” (Gord Downie, Tragically Hip Concert, Kingston, Ont., Aug. 21, 2016). ... [read more]

Monday, November 01, 2021 @ 1:44 PM

The Coach: Where to start with practice management, part two | Gary Mitchell

For 16 years now I have been coaching lawyers in business. I would guess, (this is not scientific), that well over 85 per cent of my clients either struggled with or could benefit from vast improvements to their practice management. And that is lawyers at all stages of their careers, even veterans. I know this from working with equity partners at national firms. ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 1:04 PM

Canada’s new immigration minister: What we can expect | Ravi Jain

Nova Scotia MP Sean Fraser has been appointed Canada’s new immigration minister. Fraser is 37 years old and a former lawyer. He was elected as a member of Parliament in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019 and again in 2021. ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice: #A2J Week in Canada is reason to celebrate | Beverley McLachlin

It is Access to Justice Week in Canada. Every year across the country we take the last week of October to gather — in small groups, large events, between justice service providers, with the public — to talk about the access to justice issues. In other words, we focus on people-centred justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

French-language rights: Law societies’ duty to francophone litigants | Agnès Whitfield

Given the pushback in some Canadian English-language media about Quebec and federal government initiatives to defend and promote French language rights, it is salutary to remember the grave systematic inequities francophone litigants face outside Quebec. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 1:42 PM

Vaccine passports: Judge-proof by design | Heather MacIvor

As these words are written, public life in Ontario is slowly reviving. Indoor spaces that were dark and deserted for months on end are filling up. Schools have reopened. White-collar workers are trickling back to the office. This gradual return to pre-pandemic society is made possible by vaccines that prime the human immune system against the COVID-19 virus. And because the vaccinated look just like the unvaccinated, governments are creating mechanisms for fully immunized people to identify themselves before entering places with a heightened risk of transmission. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:54 AM

Canada’s A2J Week events promote truth, reconciliation, affordable justice for all | Julie Sobowale

The second annual National Access to Justice Week is taking place Oct. 25 to 29, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This year’s theme is inclusivity with a focus on truth and reconciliation. Each province will host free, virtual events highlighting community justice work in Canada and the importance of inclusivity in providing legal services. ... [read more]