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Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

How COVID-19 changes practice of law A sign reading New Rules

COVID-19 has impacted and changed various industries and fields. The legal industry is no exception. Forbes noted that COVID-19 is changing the legal field and required the “… legal ecosystem become more agile, fluid, collaborative and fluid.” ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 10:51 AM

Legal experts question ‘justification’ of Quebec’s COVID curfew Cara Zwibel, director of the fundamental freedoms program with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

A provincewide four-week curfew instituted by the Quebec government to stem COVID-19 infection rates and to serve as an “electroshock therapy” to deter people who have been flouting public health measures was launched without providing any grounds based on evidence that justifies the breaches of the Canadian and Quebec Charter, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

Pregnancy discrimination: 10 ways we can do better Happypregnantwomanatdesk

Most Canadian employers, including law firms, intend to follow the law with respect to accommodating an employee’s leave after giving birth to a child. However, many employers within the legal industry fall short on their promises. As an employment lawyer and new mom, I hear too many stories from my female colleagues of pregnancy leaves gone wrong, and I want to help employers do better. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Express Entry 2020: Record-breaking year despite COVID | Colin Singer

The Canada Express Entry system enjoyed a record year in 2020, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 1:34 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Table stakes lightbulb_digital_sm

Part one in this series discussed the pandemic paradigm as the impetus for digital transformation in the industry. The point being, estate lawyers shouldn’t underestimate the speed of what once was a competitive advantage turning into a competitive necessity. In the financial sector, nobody today would dream of starting a financial institution or bank without a mobile client app. If we parallel the estate industry’s digitization along the continuum of the financial sector’s transformation, consider the shifts in focus from retail banking, to mobile banking, to investment banking, to retirement banking, and now what I coin as integrated estate banking. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 9:35 AM

Breaches without borders: Three things Canadians need to know about data safety Hooded man at computer

When a data breach occurs at a Canadian company that stores personal information about Canadian customers, that company is subject to the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) breach reporting provisions that went into effect in November 2018. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 4:46 PM

Ontario declares second state of emergency, stay-at-home order as COVID-19 numbers soar

With new COVID-19 cases on track to overwhelm Ontario’s health-care system, the province has declared its second state of emergency since the start of the pandemic and a stay-at-home order effective Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

Supreme Court expands duty of good faith in performance of contracts contract_goodfaith_sm

The recent decision of C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger 2020 SCC 45, by the Supreme Court of Canada, has expanded the duty of good faith in the performance of contracts by broadening the types of conduct that can lead to a finding of a breach of that duty. ... [read more]