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Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 12:04 PM

Prescription for public safety nightmare | Murray Fallis

Picture it. You’re a federal prisoner. After five years of incarceration in a maximum security institution you‘ve reached your Warrant Expiry Date, the day on which you are released. With a criminal record and a severe diagnosed mental health ailment you are handed two weeks of prescription medication and put on your way. ... [read more]

Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Great strides in year of upheaval | Charlene Theodore

As I look back on my year as president of the Ontario Bar Association, I can’t believe how quickly the time went by. But I’m amazed at what we’ve been able to accomplish as a profession and as a community. ... [read more]

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

Free Wi-Fi, other invasions of privacy: Better latte than never | Marcel Strigberger

“To protect your privacy …?” Right! As a boomer, I wonder how much our privacy has eroded over time ... [read more]

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 8:44 AM

Why teaming up with a mentor at law school really works | David Yun Back to Law School

Over the past few months, through my involvement with the 2021 Western Law Orientation Committee, I have been planning the 1L/3L Mentorship Program under our People Portfolio. This program matches incoming first-year students with third-year students based on mutual interests and common backgrounds. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

Best of both worlds: The virtual door to opportunity | Bo Kruk Back To Law School

The second week of March 2020 forced a dramatic change on a profession steeped in tradition. In a matter of days, classes that had remained much the same since the days of slates and chalkboard were teleported to the 21st century. As COVID-19 swept around the globe, five words became a common refrain: “Hold on, you’re on mute.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

How to enrage the public | John L. Hill

It would be shocking if it were true. On Aug. 13, 2021, the National Post ran a story headlined as follows: “Feds win battle for privacy of serial killer Paul Bernardo and cop killer Craig Munro over victims’ families’ requests.” Immediately below the headline was a provocative summary: “The families went to court for evidence prior to the killers’ parole hearings. Instead, they got a bill from the government for $19,000.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @ 8:33 AM

Can landlords demand tenants be vaccinated, unvaccinated? | Caryma Sa'd

The vaccine “debate” has become heavily politicized and can be seen creeping into virtually every public and private sphere — personal relationships, at work, and even in the rental housing sector. ... [read more]

Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Sure cure for Monday morning blues | Marcel Strigberger

Lawyers retire and then what? Does retirement take the lawyer out of the lawyer? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 1:54 PM

Self-regulatory organization will reform investment funds | Rowan Weaver and Jesse Beatson Magnifying glass looking at financial spread sheet

Greater efficiencies for investment fund consumers and financial industry professionals are expected thanks to the phasing in of a single self-regulatory organization (SRO). This new SRO will replace a regime that has been in place since 2008 — investment dealers being regulated by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and mutual fund dealers being regulated by the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA). ... [read more]

Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Employee misconduct: To investigate or not | Stuart Rudner

For years, the prevailing wisdom has been that employers should investigate suspicions of misconduct before firing an employee. We certainly advise our clients to. But what happens if you don’t? Can an employer be liable simply for failing to investigate? Is the answer different if a court finds that there was just cause for dismissal? ... [read more]