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Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

We need more lawyers in public office | Laurelly Dale

True, appointing astronauts and morning show hosts adds a unique voice. Everyone has a perspective to add as a cabinet member. The role of the cabinet is to set the policies, laws and priorities for Canada. Becoming a lawyer is a massive undertaking. The government needs to draw on our expertise to weigh in on the legality of their laws. More lawyers are needed in office — either as ministers or consultants. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Provincial programs strategic part of Canada’s immigration landscape | Colin Singer

Canada’s Provincial Nomination Programs are fulfilling their objectives by bringing in immigrants with the right skills for local labour markets. PNP immigrants generally find jobs quickly in their chosen fields. They also stay in their province of arrival and earn more than Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program candidates. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Accountability erosion in tort system and special status to the car | Patrick Brown

The purpose of tort law is to compensate one person for the losses caused by another. You punch someone in the nose, you pay. It is a foundational principle of tort law that the plaintiff is to be restored to the position they were in, prior to the negligent actions of the defendant. As quoted, it cast a wide net of protection. Despite this however, over the years we have decided to abandon our basic principles of accountability and afford special status to those torts committed behind the wheel of the car. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Doug Ford vs. Ontario Hydro brass | Caroline Jageman

On June 7, Doug Ford received a strong mandate from Ontario voters to implement his vision for the province. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Using social media like LinkedIn to grow your practice | Kim McLaughlin

Law firms are traditionally skeptical of social media. Well-intentioned but inconsistent forays into the land of Facebook and Instagram may yield few results and reflect badly on the firm. It’s no surprise then that many lawyers leave social media alone. But ignoring something like LinkedIn is akin to throwing out the baby with the bathwater. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

At divorce and separation time, the children want to be heard | John-Paul Boyd

Recent research from Rachel Birnbaum and Michael Saini provides fascinating insight into children’s experience of their parents’ separation and their participation in family law disputes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Groia: Civility important but doesn’t trump full criminal defence | Richard Pound

In the recent decision: Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 27, it was very clear that securities litigator Joe Groia got poor marks and almost universal criticism on the “style” points in the successful defence of charges laid against his client by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

The First Nations’ agenda in the Ontario election | Pamela Palmater

In Ontario, many First Nations have their focus on Election 2018 and what it might mean for their relationship with the Crown in right of the Province of Ontario. In theory, it shouldn’t matter which party gets elected in Ontario assuming they follow the rule of law which includes respecting Indigenous laws, the right to be self-determining, inherent rights, Aboriginal rights and title, treaty rights and the right to free, prior and informed consent. However, we know from practice that federal and provincial governments breach Aboriginal rights more than they honour them – so in that respect, it really does matter which party is elected – at least to some degree. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

The Ontario election: possible impact on energy projects | Caroline Jageman

As was the case in the last two Ontario provincial elections, energy policy is again a central issue in 2018. The incumbent Liberals pledge to stay the course on a green, low carbon economy. The PC Party has indicated it intends to make sweeping changes. The NDP promises to continue with a renewables policy and a carbon pricing program. Andrea Horwath has also indicated that, if elected, the NDP would buy back Hydro One. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

New Canada passport changes aim to protect children | Colin Singer

The federal government has made important changes to Canada passport rules with the aim of protecting children under age 16 and preventing the document from being misused. ... [read more]