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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 8:31 AM

Law Society of Ontario’s By-law 14 amendment: Late better than never | Majid Pourostad

On Feb. 25, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) made some amendments to By-Law 14, particularly s. 4 (1) that imposed a “reciprocity requirement” on applicants for the Foreign Legal Consultant (FLC) permit. An FLC is entitled only to give legal advice respecting the law of their home jurisdiction. Thus, they are not permitted to engage in any other aspects of the practice of Canadian law or appear in any court or before any tribunal in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Halifax labour and employment, immigration firms join forces

Andrea Baldwin and Nancy Barteaux announced that they have joined their respective immigration and employment law practices because of the synergies between their areas of practice. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Confidence in virtual proceedings important for justice system Headphone and mike on a laptop

Confidence in virtual proceedings is important for the justice system now that it seems clear that virtual is going to be a part of how civil, criminal and administrative hearings in Canada, and globally, will be conducted long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:25 PM

When prisoners have right to privacy Dejected businessman wearing handcuffs

A detained person, even one who is guilty of an offence, still deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. In R. v. Paterson [2021] S.J. No. 22, the accused was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car. Signs of impairment were obvious and substantial. After being arrested and taken to the police station, Christine Paterson found herself in the cells at the police station. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

Intra-Company Transfer work permit: Business immigration despite travel restrictions Two hands shaking in front of Canadian flag

COVID-19 has impacted the immigration world in unprecedented ways; however, despite the evolving border and travel restrictions, there are still numerous options available for those wishing to come to Canada. These options may be available to those wishing to come to Canada temporarily, as well as those wishing to move to Canada on a permanent basis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection | Joshua Sealy-Harrington

It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Future of commercial real estate Row of various business buildings

Across the commercial property sector, retail, among many others, continues to evolve through the Internet as it increasingly favours e-commerce as an alternative trading medium to brick and mortar shops. With a few notable exceptions, COVID-19 has catalyzed this process by extinguishing footfall and dragging the profits of non-essential retailers to all-time lows. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:50 AM

Responding to improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

Recently, we published a piece about common COVID-19 scams and how to reduce one’s risk of being a victim of fraudsters. In the below article, we list and describe some other scams. We also provide useful advice about how to combat fraud. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Gavel game: Small but real differences between Canadian, U.S. legal systems Gavel on red law book

We call it the “Gavel Game.” Try this at home, or wherever else COVID-19 allows you to roam with others. Ask any Canadian whether they believe our judges use gavels in their courtrooms. Litigators know that the answer is no, but almost everyone else will get it wrong, including non-litigator lawyers (as we learned when we recently gavel gamed a veteran Toronto securities lawyer). ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Rights and obligations: Health and safety of foreign workers Suitcase with mask and hand sanitizer

The importance of permanent immigration to Canada’s prosperity is well understood. What is less well known is the critical role that temporary foreign workers play in Canada’s economic prosperity. For example, in 2019 alone, almost 500,000 foreign nationals were issued a work permit. ... [read more]