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Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 1:21 PM

Michael Bryant new CEO of Legal Aid BC

On Jan. 17, Michael Bryant started in his new role as the chief executive officer of Legal Aid BC (LABC). The organization’s board of directors made the appointment following a competitive national search. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 10:04 AM

Lesson from appeal decision: Don’t play games with financial disclosure Man with financial documents in clear fishbowl

In an era where many families engage in legitimate complicated tax and estate planning, the Ontario Court of Appeal has once again highlighted that a separating spouse’s obligation to provide complete and understandable financial disclosure is not a game of hide and seek. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 01, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Ontario judicial appointments: Francophones not welcome | Agnès Whitfield

For francophone litigants in Ontario, one of the major obstacles to an equitable access to justice in French has been for decades and remains the shortage of bilingual judges. One recent example: in March 2021, the Ontario Court of Justice replaced a francophone judge in Algoma, a district with a significant francophone population, by a unilingual anglophone judge, depriving francophone litigants of their right to be heard rapidly in French. ... [read more]

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 12:44 PM

Phone call by Alberta justice minister attempt to interfere with administration of justice: inquiry Kaycee Madu

Kaycee Madu is out as Alberta’s justice minister after an investigation by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice concluded that he attempted to interfere with the administration of justice by making a phone call to Edmonton’s police chief after receiving a ticket for distracted driving. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 11:48 AM

Ottawa provides more detail on sanctions against Russia, immigration assistance for Ukraine

Ottawa has unveiled the names of 62 individuals and entities that are now subject to dealings prohibitions or other restrictions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as providing more detail on the special immigration measures it is implementing to assist people affected by the Russian attack. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 9:06 AM

Best lawyers, best writers: How to be both, part two Darts in bullseye on books and laptop

As we pointed out in the first article in this series, a lawyer can have all the legal knowledge in the world, but if they can’t marshal the words to convey that knowledge, they and their work are the lesser for it. Here are more tips on how good writing makes for good lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 2:44 PM

Criminal law giant Moldaver to retire Sept. 1, 2022 from Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michael Moldaver

Ontario’s Michael Moldaver — recently described by Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner as “one the best justices” the top court has had in its 147-year history — will step down effective Sept. 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada announced Feb. 24, 2022. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 8:30 AM

How practising martial arts makes me a better trial lawyer | Lorne Sabsay

I have been practising both martial arts and law (criminal and litigation) for a very long time: 35 years. I train karate at Northern Karate Schools and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) at Toronto BJJ and BJJ Battalion. I hold a fifth-degree black belt in karate and a blue belt in BJJ, and recently won a silver medal at the Master Worlds IBJJF Championship in Las Vegas. I also have a Shihan-level teaching title in karate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 1:57 PM

Best lawyers, best writers: How to be both, part one Dartboard with darts in bullseyes by laptop and books

“The lawyer’s business is with words: They are the raw material of his craft.”  ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 9:22 AM

Quebec man ‘returned’ from his legal death in rare ruling

In an exceptionally rare turnabout, a Canadian insurer successfully persuaded a Quebec Superior Court to annul a judicial declaration of death of a Montreal man who disappeared in 2008 after reliable signs of life were uncovered, freeing it of its obligation to pay $500,000 in life insurance. ... [read more]