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Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Lawyer hopes Ontario further expands list of occupational illnesses Michael Smitiuch, Smitiuch Injury Law.

A Toronto personal injury lawyer is lauding the Ontario government’s plan to review its handling of occupational illness and says further expanding the list of covered diseases will benefit workers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 1:26 PM

Attention library science deniers Librarian

In conversation with a library patron, I was told: “I hope perception [of your job] is changing, but I also think it’s that you’re a woman sitting behind a desk, so you’re obviously a secretary.” This was in response to a concern I shared that as a solo librarian running a “small” library I have many duties that go beyond a “regular” library job. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Canadian flag pinned to a map of Canada

On April 4, the government of Canada announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in order to ensure Canada’s economy continues to meet the labour market needs of today. Five key policy changes will be implemented in the coming weeks as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Workforce Solutions Road Map to respond to the current labour and skills shortages in Canada.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

LSO licensing exam date change ‘undermines’ candidates’ mental health, competitiveness, student says Ryan Shah, University of Toronto

An open letter signed by over 500 law students has been sent to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requesting the regulator “provide lawyer licensing candidates the option to write the barrister and solicitor examinations according to the original schedule the LSO provided at the outset of the licensing process.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:19 AM

Doug Ford and Steve Clark’s Ontario anti-housing policies | David Israelson

These days it seems that people across Canada of all political persuasions are looking for ways to make housing more affordable — except perhaps Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the people in his government. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

Lack of transparency shrouds lawyer compensation in secrecy, says CBA pay equity report Carly Romanow

Pay inequity and a gender pay gap for women lawyers continues to be a major issue in the Canadian legal workplace, affirms a recent report by the Canadian Bar Association even though it is difficult to quantify due to a lack of transparency shrouding lawyer compensation. The report found that firms’ and employers’ lack of transparency and explicit confidentiality policies, coupled with a reluctance by individual lawyers to discuss compensation issues, form formidable barriers towards identifying pay disparities in the practice of law. ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 12:51 PM

Lunch and ‘recess’ are not for wimps | Rob De Toni

“Lunch is for wimps.” If you are into 1980s movies, you might recognize this line spoken by Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Do you feel the same? How many days out of the year do you skip lunch or just eat at your desk while working? ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 11:38 AM

U of T report examines legal issues of gamified apps, implications of ‘coauthored choices’ Doug Sarro, U of T

A report recently released by the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Faculty of Law examines the legal implications of gamification and highlights the “overarching challenge gamification poses to law,” which is its potential to “exert a significant degree of effective control over people’s choices, but not necessarily through the kinds of mechanisms law traditionally recognizes as taking away users’ freedom of choice (i.e., coercion or deception).” ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 1:32 PM

Express Entry first quarter: Dramatic fall as IRCC tackles backlog | Colin Singer

Canada saw an Express Entry first quarter like none seen before in 2022, issuing the lowest number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) ever seen with not a single one going to a federal program candidate. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 8:45 AM

Law students: Not a minimum wage unless it’s mandatory | Ocean Enbar and Jenny Zhou

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers are expected to vote on a mandatory minimum wage for April 28, 2022. This, however, is not the first time the issue is brought before Convocation for a vote. In 2018, Convocation approved a set of articling enhancements that included a mandatory minimum wage, following the Law Society of Ontario’s own thorough research and broad consultation within the profession. These enhancements were approved and set to be implemented by May 2021. Since 2018, students and employers have been anticipating and planning for the minimum wage to take effect. Now, despite Convocation’s prior approval, the enhancement’s implementation is uncertain. ... [read more]