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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Wellness: Sometimes losing is winning | Darryl Singer

I recently ran in the Law Society of Ontario bencher election as one of 73 candidates vying for 20 Toronto seats. I was unsuccessful in my campaign. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through business development | Gary Mitchell

In this fourth and final installment of the Building a Successful Law Firm series, we take a look at what you and your firm can and should do to grow in this area. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

What’s at stake at June 27 Convocation | Michael Menear

The June 27, 2019, Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Convocation will be the first business meeting of the five newly elected paralegal benchers, eight recently appointed lay benchers, and 40 lawyer benchers (including the incumbents and the StopSOP slate). As such, this Convocation will be no “business as usual” meeting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

Indigenizing justice | Kurt Sandstrom

As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21) and their culture, achievements and contributions, this is also an opportunity to consider how the justice system can better meet the needs of Indigenous people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Law firms falling down on physical data security | Julius Melnitzer

Forget cybersecurity — because law firms, it appears, can’t even keep their desks clean. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Dutil trial highlights shortcomings of military justice | Michel Drapeau

Col. Mario Dutil was appointed as the chief military judge in 2006. In 2018, he was charged with seven military offences and one Criminal Code offence — of which four charges were withdrawn by the prosecution June 10, on the first day of Chief Military Judge Dutil’s court martial (the fraud charge in relation to an alleged improper expense claim was not withdrawn). ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Controversial Bill 21 demands irreligious uniformity, opposite of neutrality | Derek Ross and Robert Reynolds

Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 is expected to be voted on this week. If passed, the bill would prohibit many public workers, including certain public sector lawyers, from wearing “religious symbols in the exercise of their functions.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Independent paralegals signal major invasions of lawyers’ markets | Ken Chasse

Some of Canada’s law societies are creating new types of paralegal workers, being persons of lesser qualifications, licensed to provide certain types of legal services. The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is in the process of creating family law specialist paralegals, and the Law Society of British Columbia has a Licensed Paralegal Working Group considering what services, and training, would non-lawyers need to be able to provide legal services in family law matters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Meaningful reconciliation to support leadership of Indigenous women | Angelique EagleWoman

Due to colonialism, Indigenous women have been the targets of violence and oppression for centuries. Many Indigenous scholars draw parallels between the treatment of the earth and the treatment of Indigenous women by colonizing forces. The actions of strip mining, polluting and reckless disregard to the consequences impacting the earth are analogized to the crisis known as the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). ... [read more]