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Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 2:32 PM

‘You’re not alone’: Donnelly reflects on pandemic, outreach as LSO treasurer term ends Teresa Donnelly, LSO treasurer

As Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer, Teresa Donnelly, approaches her final days as leader of the regulator, she’s expanding her outreach and visiting First Nations communities in Northern Ontario with Chief Justice George Strathy and Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz. Although the treasurer’s second term ends on June 28, she’s not slowing down. ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 8:45 AM

Civil trials: It’s good to be back in court | Rohan Haté

Anyone who has ever stood up in court knows there is a certain magic about the hours leading up to the start of a trial. ... [read more]

Monday, May 30, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Shareholder activism during COVID-19: Bump in the road People building a better world

Shareholder activism (SHA) saw a general decrease in the 2020 proxy season compared to 2019 — but SHA efforts were still active during COVID-19. The pandemic’s initial market impact resulted in a notable decline but efforts still, somewhat surprisingly perhaps, persisted in March 2020. Large institutional investors, index funds especially, continued to promote sustainability expectations even at COVID-19’s initial outset. ... [read more]

Monday, May 30, 2022 @ 8:57 AM

July resumption of all-program Express Entry draws | Colin Singer

Canada is to resume Express Entry draws for Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades candidates in early July as it ramps up efforts to combat a chronic labour shortage. ... [read more]

Friday, May 27, 2022 @ 1:13 PM

Court sides with McMaster University in vaccine mandate dispute desk with school books, purse, mask and hypo

Michalski v. McMaster University, 2022 ONSC 2625, is the first Ontario court decision to address a challenge to the merits of a public sector COVID-19 vaccination policy. This case helps clarify the procedures that public entities must follow when assessing exemption requests and continues the trend of courts deferring to COVID-19 measures. ... [read more]

Friday, May 27, 2022 @ 9:23 AM

Mediation in age of Zoom: Is there any going back? | Richard Worsfold

A recent practice direction from the Superior Court of Ontario provides that mediations and discoveries in civil actions are to be held in person, unless the parties agree to a virtual attendance or the court orders otherwise. The thinking from the court seems to be that in-person mediations are more effective and that we should be returning to them as the dangers of in-person contact have receded. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 12:18 PM

Shareholder activism during COVID-19: Setting the stage Sharholders making corporation better

COVID-19 instantly impacted world economies, governments and global citizens alike. In the corporate world of business, shareholder activists were hit with a major bump in the road in March 2020. In such an unprecedented time, these activists sought to balance the competing forces of business stability with progressive corporate social responsibility ideals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 2:47 PM

Artificial intelligence used properly in law Robot at work

Artificial intelligence (AI) and technology can be a boon to the legal profession, but care must be taken to ensure it is being used correctly and in the right circumstances. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 9:31 AM

‘Employee rights have not changed,’ says counsel of court overturning decision on ESA amendments Lluc Cerda, a senior associate at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

The “entire employment bar was waiting for this decision with bated breath” said counsel for the appellant in a case regarding COVID-19 amendments to the Employment Standards Act 2000 (ESA) and related regulation. Although the lower court decision was overturned on a procedural issue instead of a substantive one, counsel said the Court of Appeal was “ultimately correct” in its decision not to “throw aside the rules of evidence and the rules of procedure.” ... [read more]

Monday, May 16, 2022 @ 1:46 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal declines to answer COVID-19 vs. constructive dismissal question Woman fired amid COVID

May 12 was a much-anticipated date in the Ontario employment law calendar as interested parties impatiently awaited the release of the Court of Appeal for Ontario’s decision in Taylor v. Hanley Hospitality Inc. 2022 ONCA 376. ... [read more]