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Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Is SCC looking like SCOTUS?: The language in Fraser v. Canada supreme_court_question_sm

There’s something afoot in the Supreme Court of Canada. And it adds heavy fuel to the debate about the extent to which the court is becoming politicized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Lawyers hope long-term care legal actions will continue, despite pending Ontario legislation Pinta Maguire

Some class actions and lawsuits alleging negligence by Ontario long-term care facilities in the deaths of more than 2,000 residents and patients from COVID-19 could effectively be wiped out by legislation proposed by the Ontario government, says an expert on class actions. But two lawyers involved believe their legal actions could withstand the immunity law. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Supreme Court of Canada refines Charter equality rights in RCMP pension case Mounties

The Supreme Court of Canada has reaffirmed and refreshed the broad scope for equality rights under s. 15 of the Charter, in a ruling that has instantly become one of the most significant anti-discrimination cases in this century. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Consolidation in the cannabis retail space: Are you ready? cannabis_store_sm

It has been just over two years since recreational cannabis has been legalized in Canada. Each province and territory was charged with setting up the rules for sale of recreational cannabis in its jurisdiction. As one might expect in Canada, the regulatory regimes vary and the rollout of retail has not be consistent, with some jurisdictions opting for a lottery process and others allowing anyone eligible to apply to open a store. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Mall owner collected images of shoppers without consent, say privacy watchdogs Daniel Therrien

An investigation into one of Canada’s largest shopping mall owners has found it embedded cameras inside digital information kiosks at 12 malls across Canada and used facial recognition technology without customers’ knowledge or consent. The joint report from the federal privacy commissioner and his counterparts in B.C. and Alberta says Cadillac Fairview contravened privacy laws through its use of the technology. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

Diversity disclosure report provides update on new rules, highlights best practices Tabatha Bull

Canadian companies continue to show slow progress in promoting women to top executive roles, but new diversity disclosure requirements under the Canada Business Corporations Act promise to expand corporate diversity to other under-represented groups, according to the 2020 Diversity Disclosure Practices report published by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you are following this column and you read last months piece, you would have learned that I suggested taking a couple of audits of your time, your people’s time and what you are doing to market your practice or firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]