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Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Black history month: Going beyond statements of support | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s Black History Month campaign, #StandingOnTheShouldersOfGiants, celebrated the Black lawyers who paved pathways — those tireless champions who have for decades fought the never-ending and often lonely fight for equality and inclusion in the profession. It is on their shoulders I stand as the first Black president of the OBA. I thank them and I am proud to say that their legacy is reflected in the work and the diversity of our members.    ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Born free and equal: More on conversion therapy | Marvin Zuker

Ontario Human Rights Commission maintains that using the right pronouns can affirm gender identities and challenge discriminatory beliefs. Using the wrong pronouns can “disempower, demean and reinforce exclusion.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

B.C. split decision exposes divergent legal interpretation of provincial motor regulations Dan Griffith, a partner with ATAC Law Corp.

Widely divergent views of what a motor assisted vehicle is under the law factored heavily into a recent split decision by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in R. v. Ghadban 2021 BCCA 69 to uphold the conviction of a motorist for driving a scooter without a licence or insurance. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

OFFENCES AND ENFORCEMENT - Contravention of legislation - Prosecution of offences

Appeal by the accused from convictions for providing advice or representation for consideration, contrary to s. 91(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, (IRPA) and knowingly counselling a person to make a misrepresentation in relation to matters relevant to the administration of the IRPA, contrary to s. 126. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for large firms, part one | Gary Mitchell

The past two months I have written about succession planning for smaller firms. This two-part series is about succession planning for larger firms. ... [read more]

Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 2:13 PM

Perceptions of racism in Ontario’s court system rising, says new report

Perceptions of racial discrimination in Ontario’s courts have actually increased over the past 25 years, despite programs geared to stamping out systemic racism in the judicial system, says the co-author of a new report from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. ... [read more]

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 @ 1:58 PM

Corrections Canada building goat farm for the prisoners it’s torturing | Jeffrey Hartman

It was 3 a.m. I was awake. Sometimes I get up in the night, sometimes I don’t. But this night, at 3 a.m., I read an article. I must have fallen back asleep because I woke up in the morning and went about my day of fighting with the Department of Justice. At some point I recalled a dream. Like many people I occasionally dream about my work. This dream, though, there was something different about it. Well it turns out it wasn’t a dream: The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is building a goat farm at Joyceville. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 12:48 PM - Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 9:01 AM

Amended medical assistance in dying bill discriminates against people with disabilities: critics

The federal government has another month to comply with the Quebec Superior Court’s ruling, Truchon c. Procureur général du Canada 2019 QCCS 3792, after the court granted the Attorney General of Canada an extension until March 26 from its previous Feb. 26 deadline — the fourth such request from Ottawa for more time to have Parliament pass Bill C-7. ... [read more]