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Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 2:30 PM

Law society secrets | Joseph Groia

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) possesses great power, which must be exercised responsibly. Good and responsible governance requires transparency.  This is codified in the LSO’s Governance Practices and Policies, which, among other things, (i) imposes a duty upon the LSO to act in an open manner; (ii) requires Convocation to be committed to transparency of its process; and (iii) personally requires the treasurer to be committed to openness, inclusion and transparency.  The LSO has not been fulfilling these requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 11:41 AM

Capturing value from artificial intelligence for lawyers Scales of justice against a computer code background

The legal field has been undergoing a disruptive period and that disruption has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased importance of artificial intelligence (AI). Recently, I sat down with Rajan Kanwar, an applied artificial intelligence expert who spearheaded innovation and transformation projects at TD Bank, EY and ServiceLink, to discuss the current state of disruption and the trends. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 10:50 AM

Predicting death in your child’s school in 2023, part five | Marvin Zuker

There continues to be increasingly loud alarms about children’s mental health. The effect of the pandemic and other stressors on youth mental health was devastating. All schools and every child should have access to a trained school counsellor. Another area where our government has failed. You are lucky if your school has a nurse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 @ 1:48 PM

Proposed mass approval of visitor visas cause for serious concern | Sergio R. Karas

A recent article in the Globe and Mail based on information obtained from senior officials of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) states that the federal government is prepared to use extraordinary measures to address the 500,000 applications for visitor visas that are currently in their backlog. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 @ 1:34 PM

Indoor smoking laws inhibit full implementation of cannabis consumption spaces, lawyer says Matt Maurer, Torkin Manes LLP

As British Columbia continues to grapple with the issue of whether to allow cannabis consumption spaces in the province, a legal expert is saying a major pitfall which may inhibit the implementation of such spaces in Canada are laws which prohibit smoking indoors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 @ 10:07 AM

Top employment law decisions in Ontario in 2022, part one 2022

Courts in Ontario made a number of significant employment law decisions in 2022. Below is an overview of the top 10 cases to take note of. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 5:39 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ontario court dismisses appeal of class actions in intrusion upon seclusion case

The Ontario Superior Court has dismissed an appeal of the non-certification of two proposed class actions in which hospital employees gave new mothers’ personal information to people selling registered educational savings plans (RESPs).  ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 5:10 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 @ 2:32 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court of Appeal dismisses Competition Bureau’s move to block Rogers-Shaw merger

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed the Competition Bureau’s appeal of the Rogers-Shaw $20-billion merger approval, clearing the path for the deal that was announced nearly two years ago. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 2:11 PM

Afghan lawyers and judges in danger Afghan flag beside the word "justice"

Today, January 24, marks the Day of the Endangered Lawyer. As a Canadian lawyer I want to draw attention to the challenges facing some members of the legal profession in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban government assumed power in the country more than a year ago, the risk of retaliation and danger have only increased for many lawyers and judges, particularly women, advocates say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 1:17 PM

Coalition paralegal bencher candidates Ballot

As you may know, every four years, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) licensees elect 40 lawyers and five paralegals to serve as board members (benchers) to regulate the legal professions in Ontario, in the public interest. ... [read more]