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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]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 6:19 AM


Appeal by Pelletier from a preliminary ruling finding she lacked standing to apply for judicial review. The appellant was dismissed from her employment with the province in 2018 for cause. ... [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]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

Tips for successful virtual discoveries Woman sitting in front of computer, videoconferencing with a group of people on the screen.

Like nearly every aspect of life, the way litigation is conducted has been drastically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As recent case law and practice directions have indicated, the court is not willing to accept there should be indefinite delays in order to conduct steps in the litigation in a pre-COVID manner. For example, while examinations for discovery would normally be conducted in a boardroom or at a reporting centre, the court is now actively encouraging them to be done over a video application, such as Zoom. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 8:32 AM

Helping your mediator help you | Stuart Rudner

“Convince me.” When I am your mediator, that is your job. The easier you make it for me to understand your case, the easier it will be for me to put your case forward in the other room. As I often say, at mediation, you want to “help your mediator to help you.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

Outsourcing immigration services: Economical or cause for concern? Canadian Visa application form

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Visa Application Centres (VACs) are a cost-effective way to provide immigration services around the world. These local centres deliver visa application intake services and collect fees abroad. The network of VACs around the world helps people submit their applications and provide biometrics to come to Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:54 AM

Gowling names Toronto partner new leader of national labour and employment group

Gowling WLG announced Andrew Bratt as leader of the firm’s employment, labour and equalities (ELE) group in Canada. The Toronto partner assumes the role from outgoing leader Bettina Burgess. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

A time to think about justice system — and to act | Brad Regehr and Vivene Salmon

Innovation, collaboration and studied but determined steps forward will be key to the evolving modernization of the justice system kick-started by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [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]