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Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

In mediation, don’t always try to meet in the middle | Stuart Rudner

“There’s an old saying that tells us that the person who offers to meet you in the middle is a poor judge of distance.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 12:16 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal releases ‘tentative’ model for in-person proceedings

On Oct. 12, the Ontario Court of Appeal shared a “tentative” model for returning to in-person proceedings with some legal organizations. The model gives counsel the choice to attend court virtually and maintains that “observers, including clients, the media, and members of the public, will not attend in-person.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

Radical simple solution to B.C. Supreme Court backlog | Kyla Lee

I wrote a few months ago about the absolutely broken scheduling system in B.C. Supreme Court’s Vancouver civil chambers. Since that time, our office has still been unable to book a lengthy chambers hearing for even a single matter. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

‘Serious issues’ in dissent in family case could ‘inspire’ SCC to grant leave to appeal, court finds

The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted a stay of proceedings in a family law case as the appellant mother seeks leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to keep her children in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

Domestic violence during COVID-19 — and what can be done Woman with ball and chain tied to her leg

According to an article written in March 2020, women’s advocates fear an increase in domestic violence (otherwise known as intimate partner violence) as a result of “stress, job losses, and isolation.” A year later, the statistics are still as worrying as ever. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 10:31 AM

Domestic agreements ‘central to the forum non conveniens analysis,’ court rules Michael Stangarone, MacDonald & Partners LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a dispute over application for relief after a divorce, ruling that the “Chinese courts are in a far better position to deal with” the litigation over assets. The decision, counsel said, “reaffirms the continued impact of the doctrine of forum non conveniens in the face of technological developments and virtual proceedings.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Post-mortem privacy: The future landscape Man's real face looking at his digital image

In part three of this series on the emerging challenges to estate advisers regarding post-mortem privacy in the digital era, we looked at pre-planning options using online tools and the impact of big tech in several examples. In part four we’ll look to the future and the global post-mortem privacy landscape. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 3:14 PM

‘Judicial independence,’ at core of chief justice of Court of Quebec’s dispute with province Lucie Rondeau

The Court of Quebec is expected to launch a new divisional court dealing with conjugal and sexual complaints by the beginning of 2022, potentially setting the stage for a legal battle with the provincial government over judicial independence and the administration of justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Can unvaccinated foreign travellers leave Canada by air after Oct. 30? Stop sign with pic of airplane on it

On Oct. 6, the government of Canada announced that as of Oct. 30, Canada would require employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Further, effective Oct. 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports to travel within Canada or outside of Canada, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, would be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

‘Law school didn’t teach me about trauma’: Indigenous lawyer Myrna McCallum, Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services.

Spotting triggers, adjusting your practice and taking care of your mental health are things lawyers can do to better serve those who have experienced trauma, says an Indigenous lawyer, victims advocate and podcaster. ... [read more]