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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]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Ghost of Ghomeshi past haunts Governor Cuomo | Laurelly Dale

As of March 12, three-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of seven instances of sexual harassment/inappropriate behaviour and one sexual assault allegation. President Joe Biden reserved judgment on whether Cuomo should resign, opting to wait for the results of the investigation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 1:52 PM

Dissemination of false information protected under the Charter | Stephen Thiele

The U.S. national leader of the abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass, once said: “To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” ... [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 @ 12:49 PM

Women general counsel sitting on public boards going up: report Stacy McLean, Blakes

Women in-house counsel are dominating their male counterparts when it comes to sitting on the boards of public companies, but the number of females tapped to be chief legal officer continues to lag, according to a new report. Opportunities for Women General Counsel, released earlier in March by Canadian firm Blakes, looks at the state of women general counsel (GC) and their presence on public boards over the last several years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Ottawa extends deadline for emergency business support program Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has extended the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications until June 30. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business Minister Mary Ng announced the extension March 22. This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000. ... [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]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:05 AM

Artificial intelligence in hiring process Robot and man in suit shaking hands

 You can’t be objective when interviewing a job candidate and the voice in your head is saying ... ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

The value of mediating renovation disputes Renovator holding a work estimate

Since the announcement of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, the number of home renovation projects has seen a sharp incline. According to HomeStars 2020 Reno Report, a staggering 80 per cent of homeowners surveyed, moved forward with, or planned their home renovation project. ... [read more]