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Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 8:43 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2020 part two: From termination and tax to good-faith contracts Top Ten award

This is the second of a two-part series listing the Top 10 Business Decisions in Canada for 2020. The first part dealt with cases ranked 6-10. This article ranks the top five in ascending order. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 4:25 PM

Sudbury moved to Grey-Lockdown as phase 2 vaccination starts at some pharmacies

Spurred by a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases, Ontario is using its so-called emergency brake to move the Sudbury area back to the Grey-Lockdown level of public health restrictions. According to a March 11 government news release, the Public Health Sudbury and Districts region will move into Grey-Lockdown effective March 12, at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

Duplicity, deception, dishonesty: When employees renege on contracts Two stickmen ripping up a contract

When an employment relationship turns sour, it’s typically employers who are on the receiving end of lawsuits. Think of former employees suing for wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, reasonable notice, damages and bonuses. Of course, there are employers who misbehave. However, there are also employees who don’t play nice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 2:39 PM

Major law firms commit $1.75 million over 10 years to Black Future Lawyers program Josh Lokko, associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, co-founder, Black Future Lawyers program

Dave Leonard, the Toronto-based partner and CEO for McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said it only took a 20-minute conversation with Torys LLP managing partner Matthew Cockburn to convince him to sign on to one of the Canadian legal community’s largest ever recruiting drives. Now, 14 of Canada’s largest law firms are committing $1.75 million over the next 10 years to encourage Black students to pursue legal careers and, they hope, to join their firms. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The duty of courts to give adequate reasons Letters coming out of a pencil

Written reasons are the voice of a decision. They are the means by which a decision maker communicates the rationale for its decision. Their presence explains how and why a decision was made. Their absence creates the perception of arbitrariness in the exercise of judicial power. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Lessons from the pandemic | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. The pandemic drastically altered many individuals’ lives. People could no longer do many day-to-day activities like meet up with friends. The world went virtual. New terminology entered the lexicon like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”  ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

Ontario anti-human trafficking legislation could victimize sex workers, say critics Sandra Ka Hon Chu, a lawyer and director of research and advocacy for the Toronto-based HIV Legal Network

Advocates for sex workers are expressing concern that recently announced legislation in Ontario geared to fighting human trafficking will victimize consensual sex workers. Bill 251, the Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021, is currently being debated in the legislature and is expected to be passed by the provincial government later this month, building on a five-year, $307-million anti-human trafficking strategy it announced in March 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 6:10 AM

EVIDENCE - Witnesses

Appeal by the employer from a decision allowing the respondent’s application for judicial review of an adjudicator’s decision that the adjudicator had no jurisdiction over the respondent’s unjust dismissal complaint. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 3:21 PM

Lawyer/mom working from home in Quebec: What’s best next step? Smiling kids with masks on

More than 10 months ago, I wrote my first article for The Lawyer’s Daily. I recently reread the article and it made me smile. Time goes by so fast, everything changes so fast, especially in times of pandemic. For those of you who read it, I was concerned about the personal contact that educators would have with the children after the reopening of daycares, all the restrictions imposed and of course associated with the pandemic. ... [read more]