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Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Virtual vs. in-person trials: Benefits, negatives, considerations Female lawyer on video screen

Law has long been criticized as an industry that has been resistant to change. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the legal profession to implement certain changes. The Ontario Court of Justice stated that many court proceedings are now not conducted in person but to be conducted via audioconference or videoconference. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 3:08 PM

Federal inmates facing harsher conditions compared to pre-COVID circumstances: report

Canada’s correctional investigator is calling on the federal government to focus on the early release of elderly and medically compromised inmates who pose no undue risk to society as it continues the fight against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Lawyers and the OBA: Come blow your horn | Gary Joseph

In the midst of this pandemic, public confidence in government and various institutions has been strained (to put it mildly). At every turn it seems that our political leaders are failing us. The federal government’s vaccine response reminds me of the Keystone Cops skits of old. The operation of “Cottage Parliament” by our prime minister strikes many as an affront to democracy. Our provincial government’s shutdown policies are inconsistent and hard to understand. In all of this, certain segments of our society have bucked the trend and performed wonderfully. High on my list is the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Full disclosure: I am a member but have absolutely no involvement in management of the OBA. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 1:24 PM

Newfoundland court closes doors due to COVID-19 spread

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is suspending its normal operations for the rest of February and throughout March in response to rising COVID-19 numbers in the province. According to a recent online notice and accompanying documents, all in-person appearances, including jury trials, will be postponed — save for some “limited exceptions.” Only urgent matters will proceed virtually from Feb. 22-26. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 9:32 AM

New law society boss prepares for post-pandemic future Leah Kosokowsky, CEO of the Law Society of Manitoba

New Law Society of Manitoba chief executive officer Leah Kosokowsky has been handed the baton of leadership during unprecedented times for the regulator. In a recent interview with The Lawyer’s Daily, Kosokowsky talked of the road going forward as the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) continues its efforts to navigate the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, as well the need for the society to keep an eye on a stalled legislative bid to expand the roles of paralegals and other non-lawyer practitioners in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 3:05 PM

Born free and equal: Conversion therapy in Canada | Marvin Zuker

Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), was introduced in the House of Commons on Oct. 1, 2020. It amends the Criminal Code to prohibit anyone from advertising services related to conversion therapy, forcing persons or causing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy, removing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad, and receiving a material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Saskatchewan court shelves upcoming jury trials Martel Popescul, Chief Justice of Saskatchewan's Court of Queen's Bench

Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench is postponing all April jury trials as the prairie province continues to battle the spread of COVID-19. In a Feb. 18 directive, Chief Justice Martel Popescul states that, effective immediately, all jury trials scheduled to start between April 1 and April 30 “will be postponed.” ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Estate COVID problems part two: The importance of a will People fighting over money in giant hand

A common theme executors and loved ones are faced with is when their loved one dies without a will, also called dying intestate. In the first article in this series we wrote regarding the intestate succession process when a person dies without a will. Many issues arise when one dies intestate and family members may find themselves in litigation. ... [read more]

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 4:11 PM

Ontario extends stay-at-home order in Toronto, Peel Region, North Bay

At the urging of local medical officers of health, Ontario is extending its stay-at-home order and other COVID-19 public health restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region and the North Bay-Parry Sound district to at least March 8. ... [read more]

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 3:38 PM

PM announces extension of COVID-19 benefits, lays out appointment process for next SCC justice Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The federal government plans to extend a number of COVID-19 benefits and has also launched a process to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, who will leave Canada’s top court this summer. ... [read more]