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Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 8:31 AM

Wellness: The good, the bad and the ugly of Zoom | Darryl Singer

I absolutely love our profession’s adaptation to Zoom in the last 10 months. While I remain, after all these years, passionate about being a litigator and enjoy nothing more than a day in court, discovery or mediation, the travel was really starting to get to me. I live in Thornhill, Ont., which for those outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is a suburb just north of Toronto proper, but about 30 kilometres from downtown, which in Toronto traffic is anywhere from one to two hours in rush hour. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 4:18 PM

Feds introduce legislation to bring more technology to criminal justice system David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

In a bid for a more modernized criminal justice system through lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis, Ottawa is proposing changes that would increase remote appearances by accused people and offenders, allow videoconferencing in jury selections and widen law enforcement’s use of the telewarrants process. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 12:17 PM

Osgoode Hall announces COVID-19 student relief plan

In a gesture of support for its juris doctor (J.D.) students who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University has announced that it will commit $1 million to $1.5 million to assist those students over the next 18 months. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 11:31 AM

How far can parent go to protect children from impact of COVID-19? Woman holding hands and walking with children' all are wearing masks

In I.L. v. C.R. 2021 ONSC 590, Justice Pazaratz was faced with a case where a mother and her children travelled to their vacation property in Newfoundland. The children told their father that they wanted to stay in Newfoundland where there were few COVID-19 cases. Their father asked Justice Pazaratz to order his ex-wife and all three children to return to Ontario so he could resume his shared parenting schedule. ... [read more]

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]