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Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:52 AM

The Sussexes are coming: Immigration and the Royals Crown_gold_sm

On Jan. 13, 2020, Queen Elizabeth released a statement announcing a period of transition in which Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and their young son, Archie, would spend time in Canada and the U.K. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 1:54 PM

No winners when denying refugees justice asylum_canadian_flag_sm

Would it be fair to deny an accused person their day in court before a judge, and instead, sit them down with a prosecutor to decide their guilt or innocence? Should the prosecutor — not the judge — decide whether to put them in jail or let them walk free? What could justify such a step backward in our justice system? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Canada’s skilled worker programs: Year in review | Colin Singer

From a stable year at the federal level to a tumultuous 365 days of scrapped applications and reversed program changes in Quebec, there has been plenty to talk about in Canada’s skilled worker immigration field during 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Eleven simple but effective law firm marketing resources | Jana Schilder

You don’t have to spend a fortune to start marketing your law firm. Here are 11 free or almost free places to start. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 8:26 AM

‘Visas’ and ‘status’: The difference and why it matters visa_american_sm

Canadians enter the U.S. as visitors without any formal documentation, other than Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-compliant identification documentation (such as a passport or other approved secure document). Unlike the rest of the world, they are visa exempt. Some citizens of certain other countries have their visa requirements waived, but only Canadians are visa exempt. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 11:54 AM

McInnes Cooper adds four new partners

McInnes Cooper announced that the following four lawyers have been admitted to the partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2020.  ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Standard of review post-Dunsmuir: Reasonable or incorrect? | Heather MacIvor

In spring 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada signalled a seismic change in its jurisprudence on administrative law. It granted leave to hear three appeals — two of which were later merged into one — and invited submissions on the standard of review. The appeals were heard in December 2018, and the decisions finally issued on Dec. 19, 2019, (Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65, and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66). ... [read more]