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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Lawyers and the OBA: Come blow your horn | Gary Joseph

In the midst of this pandemic, public confidence in government and various institutions has been strained (to put it mildly). At every turn it seems that our political leaders are failing us. The federal government’s vaccine response reminds me of the Keystone Cops skits of old. The operation of “Cottage Parliament” by our prime minister strikes many as an affront to democracy. Our provincial government’s shutdown policies are inconsistent and hard to understand. In all of this, certain segments of our society have bucked the trend and performed wonderfully. High on my list is the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Full disclosure: I am a member but have absolutely no involvement in management of the OBA. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 6:31 AM

LIMITATION OF ACTIONS - Legislation - Interpretation - When time begins to run

Appeal by the Attorney General of Canada and a federal government officer (Canada) from the dismissal of their motion for the summary dismissal of the respondent Utah’s action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 11:27 AM

Real estate tax exemptions or rebates for non-residents Model of house sits on table while man types on calculator

In April 2017, the government of Ontario introduced the Non-Resident Speculation Tax to foreign and non-resident property buyers as a measure to control the real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area. In this article, we examine the scenarios in which foreign nationals can be exempt, legally avoid or be entitled for a full NRST rebate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

Outsourcing immigration services: Economical or cause for concern? Canadian Visa application form

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Visa Application Centres (VACs) are a cost-effective way to provide immigration services around the world. These local centres deliver visa application intake services and collect fees abroad. The network of VACs around the world helps people submit their applications and provide biometrics to come to Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

A time to think about justice system — and to act | Brad Regehr and Vivene Salmon

Innovation, collaboration and studied but determined steps forward will be key to the evolving modernization of the justice system kick-started by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 10:01 AM

No turning back from pandemic’s changes to justice system: CBA report CBA president Brad Regehr

When transmitting the first message to officially open the Baltimore to Washington telegraph line, Samuel Morse included a simple statement: “what hath God wrought?” The same question has likely passed through the minds of many people over the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses and schools and forced many people into makeshift home offices. Canada’s justice system has not been immune from that change, with trials moving online and lawyers filing their documents electronically. And now the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says it is time to make many of those changes permanent. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 1:19 PM

Flying to U.S.? You’ll need a COVID test or proof of recovery Negative COVID-19 test

According to a new order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all international air passengers are now required to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from the virus before boarding a flight to the U.S. The new policy applies to all air travellers, even U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Here are some specifics. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

California bar exam vs. Boston Marathon: Which is tougher? Woman at computer

Running the Boston Marathon (on a broken leg) was easier than passing the California bar exam. And less time consuming. On that positive note — the intent here is not to deter but rather to paint a realistic picture of what goes into writing — and passing — this agonizing exam from the perspective of a Canadian lawyer. The good news: it is possible. The bad: it will humble you to your knees.  ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 10:59 AM

Possible Commonwealth trade agreement explained Canadian and New Zealand Flags

Following on from part one of the CANZUK series which outlined the likely structure through which the agreement will operate, part two will continue to look at the regulatory impacts resulting from the principle of mutual recognition. Then, through comparing CANZUK to broadly similar trade agreements such as NAFTA, it is also possible to formulate some predictions as to what the prescribed dispute mechanism could look like. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Made to measure: Mental health at Canadian law schools | Sharath Voleti

The legal profession is grueling and stressful, with many lawyers facing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and addiction issues. Common refrains from lawyers include poor overall satisfaction and work-life balance, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the legal profession has taken important steps by providing supports such as the Member Assistance Program and raising awareness through continuing education programs. Comparatively little attention, however, has been paid to law student mental health. ... [read more]