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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Putting a price on the harm from sexual assault and harassment | Nicole Simes

In 2012, the Pinto Report recommended higher damage awards from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). The HRTO has recognized that low-value awards for discrimination and harassment create a licence to discriminate. However, the value of general damage awards for breach of the Human Rights Code remains consistently low. The average awards for the past few years range from $10,000 to $15,000 as reported by the Human Right Legal Support Centre. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Privacy and the Charter: Assessing the right to be forgotten online_removal_sm

The so-called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) has recently attracted interest in Canada. Some legal scholars have argued that the RTBF is fundamentally incompatible with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and could never survive a constitutional challenge. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Access to Justice: Current crop of law students committed, enthusiastic | Thomas Cromwell

It is easy to get discouraged by the slow pace of progress on improving access to justice. But a constant source of encouragement is the enthusiasm and commitment of the current generation of law students. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Hi-Tech: Free online legal resources good news for lawyers | Luigi Benetton

Are you an in-house counsel looking for ways to help control outside legal expenses? There’s good news: certain law firms are making “boilerplate” expertise available online — no obligation, no cost. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

The current mess of class action carriage motions | Julius Melnitzer

So, Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice believes that law firms seeking carriage of a class action should hire independent counsel to argue carriage motions. Why? ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Judge ‘shocked’ by JDR room full of ‘very large dark men’ does ‘not harbour racist views’: federal judicial council Justice Kristine Eidsvik

An Alberta judge who publicly expressed her “shock” in unexpectedly encountering a judicial dispute resolution room “full of very large dark men” does “not harbour racist views” the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) states in a decision that critics say fails to adequately address or acknowledge unconscious and systemic racial bias on the federal bench. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Artificial intelligence useful for in-house counsel, conference told Moderator Bram Abramson, Monica Gallant, Benjamin Alarie and Natalie Munroe

When in-house counsel consider the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) tool, they should consider it as an assistive service, according to presenters at a recent Ontario Bar Association conference. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 8:56 AM

Securities commissions weigh in on big weed deal business_takeover_sm

The Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions recently released joint reasons for their orders issued following a joint hearing held last December in relation to an unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for Cannimed Therapeutics Inc., one of the oldest participants in Canada’s medical marijuana market. These reasons shed some light on how the commissions will interpret the new takeover bid regime implemented in 2016 under National Instrument 62-104. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

The miracle of a 10-day labour market impact assessment approval fast_track_sm

As corporate immigration lawyers know, the Temporary Foreign Worker (“TFW”) Program and the Labour Market Impact Assessment process (“LMIA”) has a reputation for lacking transparency in the decision-making process due to the absence of clear policy. Yet sometimes when no other options are available, the LMIA can be just exactly what is needed to get the job done. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 1:22 PM

In-house counsel need to manage people, metrics, LSO summit told Kristina Milbourn and Martha Binks

Being proactive about work accomplishments and supportive of colleagues is the best way that in-house counsel have to avoid being seen as something other than a cost centre by the businesses and organizations that employ them. ... [read more]