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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]

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

The Coach: Managing growth: When and who to hire | Gary Mitchell

Of all of the challenges you will face in business for yourself or leading a law firm, managing your growth is the best one to have. It means you have and are enjoying some level of success and you are moving forward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Access, equality: Equity within law society governance structures| Derek Anderson

In 2016, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) adopted a Statement of Principles (SOP), wherein members were required to acknowledge that, “in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct,” they have a “special responsibility to respect the requirements of the human rights laws in force in Ontario.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 12:29 PM

How Al-Qaeda ruined air travel | Sam Goldstein

How long will we let Osama Bin Laden ruin air travel? It’s been 19 years since 9/11, 18 since Richard Reid was sent to prison for life because he couldn’t figure out how to detonate the plastic explosives in his sneakers; and, 11 years since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the underwear bomber, failed to ignite the explosives concealed in his jockey shorts on a flight to Detroit. ... [read more]

Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

The Russian dog theory of litigation: A fable | Barry Landy

Gentle readers, I propose to regale you with a fable. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

The open court concept and family law | Gary Joseph

Century old common law principles describe the importance of an open and accessible court system. Democracy flourishes when you have a court that is open to public discussion, participation and critical comment. The open court principle has found a home in s. 2 and s. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. An open court is a core element of fundamental justice and a constitutionally protected right in Canada, although this right is often balanced against other rights. Open courts permit the public to know and understand what occurs in these important institutions of our democracy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

Reflections on Family Day | Kurt Sandstrom

Family Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the changing context for families and the ongoing need for family justice systems to grow and develop. We are fortunate to live in a time of greater acceptance and diversity in what families look like and how they are formed.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 12:05 PM

MAiD changes step in right direction | Nathan Baker

The federal government with its amendments to the Criminal Code to expand the availability of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) through Bill C-7 is beginning to take the right steps in expanding this important ability to choose one’s own end. The current system has been under scrutiny since the decision in Truchon v. Procureur général du Canada, [2019] Q.J. No. 7750. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Church membership matter of contract? No, it must not be | Barry W. Bussey

Exactly why would a court want to put its toes into the murky waters of internal church politics? It baffles me when they do. Take, for example, the recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Aga v. Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada 2020 ONCA 10. ... [read more]