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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Time to get serious about reopening U.S.-Canadian border Uncle Sam holding an "open" sign

With summer approaching, and one year of suspended land movement behind us, a growing number of Americans and Canadians are calling for the U.S.-Canadian border to reopen. Non-essential traffic across the U.S.-Canadian land border was suspended on March 21, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and has been extended each month since. On March 18, 2020, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Homeland Security announced that the restrictions on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canadian land border have been extended through April 21, 2021. This marks 13 months of suspended movement between the two countries due to the pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Podcasting for lawyers and law firms Microphone, headphones and "on air" sign

There’s a podcast for every topic under the sun, including the world of law and legal services. Podcasts are becoming a popular and effective forum for both content consumption and content generation. While some listen to podcasts for entertainment, for many, they are an educational and thought leadership tool. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 1:05 PM

Feds appoint judge to Federal Court

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Lobat Sadrehashemi, senior counsel and clinic lead at the Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. Justice Sadrehashemi replaces Justice Keith M. Boswell, who retired effective Jan. 29, 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Changes to post-graduation work permit open pathways for international students International students graduating

Canada has consistently been ranked as one of the best countries to immigrate to. Most skilled workers immigrate to Canada under the economic class that uses the Express Entry case management system. Within that management system, candidates will receive a comprehensive ranking system score based on their skills, education, language ability, work experience and other factors. Candidates in the online Express Entry pool with the highest score would normally receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

Evidence-based legal practice: The value of data in litigation Woman lawyer analyzing legal data

Professionals are paid for their judgment and experience. That judgment and experience should be supplemented, wherever possible, by empirical data. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

When in-person appearances are necessary Three people in court

In these trying times of pandemic, lawyers, judges and all justice system participants should be looking to the use of alternative means to proceed. Use of video links, greater use of agreed statements of fact and resolution of issues where possible needs to be encouraged. The Ontario Court of Justice states clearly in its communication that “the Court is committed to facilitating the conduct of proceedings by remote technology (video or phone) wherever possible and urges all judicial officials, parties and counsel to use remote proceedings unless an in-person appearance is required to ensure meaningful access to justice.” ... [read more]

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]