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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 @ 12:03 PM

Dunton Rainville adds partner

Dunton Rainville, lawyers and notaries, announced the appointment of Sophie Beaulac as a partner.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 @ 9:02 AM

Bread and circuses | Murray Gottheil

I keep reading about mental health issues in the legal profession. Too many lawyers are terminally unhappy. The problem appears to be impossible to fix. Even the Washington Post just ran an article titled, “Want to be happy? Then don’t be a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 30, 2023 @ 12:59 PM

Chief Justice Tulloch emphasizes importance of ‘public trust’ as ‘bedrock’ of police legitimacy Michael Tulloch

The importance of “public trust” in police and the “symbiotic relationship” between lay citizens and those in uniform was highlighted by Ontario’s newest Chief Justice, Michael Tulloch, in a lecture at the University of Toronto on Jan. 26. ... [read more]

Monday, January 30, 2023 @ 9:17 AM - Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2023 @ 8:18 AM

Dispatches from working mom front | Rachel Goldenberg

It has been almost three years since the world first shut down in abject terror of this new deadly virus, Coronavirus disease 2019. And yet, likely because of intense PTSD, it feels like just yesterday. I remember it all. ... [read more]

Friday, January 27, 2023 @ 10:24 AM

Primary sentencing objectives for attempted murder ‘denunciation and deterrence’: court

Trial judges need to remember that the “primary sentencing objectives” for attempted murder are “denunciation and deterrence,” said the Ontario Court of Appeal in a recent ruling that more than doubled the period of incarceration imposed on a man for attempting to murder the mother of his unborn child. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 2:30 PM

Law society secrets | Joseph Groia

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) possesses great power, which must be exercised responsibly. Good and responsible governance requires transparency.  This is codified in the LSO’s Governance Practices and Policies, which, among other things, (i) imposes a duty upon the LSO to act in an open manner; (ii) requires Convocation to be committed to transparency of its process; and (iii) personally requires the treasurer to be committed to openness, inclusion and transparency.  The LSO has not been fulfilling these requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 11:41 AM

Capturing value from artificial intelligence for lawyers Scales of justice against a computer code background

The legal field has been undergoing a disruptive period and that disruption has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased importance of artificial intelligence (AI). Recently, I sat down with Rajan Kanwar, an applied artificial intelligence expert who spearheaded innovation and transformation projects at TD Bank, EY and ServiceLink, to discuss the current state of disruption and the trends. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 11:05 AM

Principled bail reforms: Proactive not reactive solutions | Neha Chugh and Jessyca Greenwood

On Dec. 27, 2022, a young Ontario Provincial Police officer Grzegorz (Greg) Pierzchala was shot and killed for what seems like no reason. This officer was on regular patrol, responding to a car in the ditch and was shot by two individuals. His death was senseless and a tragedy to the community. The individuals charged by the courts for his murder were on bail for other offences at the time that this event occurred.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 10:50 AM

Predicting death in your child’s school in 2023, part five | Marvin Zuker

There continues to be increasingly loud alarms about children’s mental health. The effect of the pandemic and other stressors on youth mental health was devastating. All schools and every child should have access to a trained school counsellor. Another area where our government has failed. You are lucky if your school has a nurse. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 10:47 AM

Fractured parent/child relationships: The side effects of high conflict divorce Fists punching

In the case of Kudrocova v. Kronberger 2023 ONCA 26, a family in crisis agreed to a final custody order in 2016 which provided for a shared week on/week off parenting of girl/boy twins born in 2009. ... [read more]