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Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:44 PM

How court mediators are helping litigants (and courts) during COVID-19 Couple signs divorce papers with wedding rings in foreground

One year into this pandemic, family court litigants are feeling increased anxiety and distress. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: International mobility | Colin Singer

Economic growth and a renewed need for temporary foreign workers is being seen all over Canada as companies gear back up to almost-normal business practices and the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) slowly winds down with the arrival of vaccines. There are two main programs through which employers can have access to this pool of international talent and labour — the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and the International Mobility Program (IMP). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 6:07 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Equalization or division - Insolvency of party

Appeal by the trustee in bankruptcy from the dismissal of its application for a declaration that the right to commence an equalization claim under the Family Law Act vested in it as the husband’s trustee in bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 4:04 PM

Ontario Superior Court urges deferral of proceedings due to stay-at-home order

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has announced that, effective immediately, it will defer as many matters as possible due to the current, provincewide stay-at-home order. The deferral decision includes virtual hearings and is intended to reduce the number of court staff, counsel or parties required to leave their homes to participate in court proceedings, the court said in an April 20 notice to the profession and public. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

B.C. budget focuses on COVID-19, future economic growth CBABC president Jennifer Brun

British Columbia has outlined its fiscal plan for the next three years, and like their federal cousins B.C. lawmakers are focusing on the short-term need to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term focus on job growth and economic recovery. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:09 PM

Ontario appellate court acquits second person wrongly convicted by Motherisk evidence 

Veteran Toronto criminal defence lawyer Clayton Ruby is disappointed that the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent exoneration of a woman convicted of giving cocaine to her son nearly a quarter-century ago was “too narrow” and “uninterested” in exploring how the since-discredited and former Motherisk lab at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was allowed to generate flawed evidence that put Joyce Hayman behind bars, and in not recommending some sanction against the lab’s founding director, Dr. Gideon Koren. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Google brings you 100,000 answers; librarians bring you the right one | Ciara Ward

I would hope that most people realize by now that libraries are more than books. As author Neil Gaiman observes, “If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated … that is to miss the point fundamentally. I think it has to do with nature of information. Information has value, and the right information has enormous value.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

The demise of oral advocacy? | Gary Joseph

This week I had the privilege of arguing two difficult appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal. I am a perfectionist and my own biggest critic, so later while reflecting on my advocacy this week, I had time to pause and think about how I got to this point in my career. More specifically how whatever skills I do possess as an advocate, came to be. Two immediate thoughts came to mind, watching and doing. Having a great interest in the development of young advocates, I then reflected on what opportunities I had that perhaps they do not and will not have to develop their skills. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

Bullying doesn’t start with the bully | Andrew Rogerson

Over the past several years, we have seen an influx of young people and their parents reaching out for help against bullying. It is distressing to meet parents who feel powerless in protecting their children against bullying and who are turning to legal action as a last resort. There is a common link amongst many of these families — private and independent schools. ... [read more]