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Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:58 PM

Sunshine as diversity disinfectant | David Latner

Three recent events inspired me to consider how our law schools could lead by example in advancing diversity. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:33 PM

Ontario moves to Step Two of reopening ahead of schedule

The Ontario government announced it will move the province into “Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen” at 12:01 a.m. on June 30. According to a news release issued on June 24, Step Two “focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 8:56 AM

Will new immigration consultants’ code of conduct have teeth? Ethics being pulled from a stack of blocks

On May 15, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a proposed Code of Professional Conduct for College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Licensees and then sought feedback from stakeholder groups. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

McLeish Orlando Lawyers partners with Canadian Blood Services to encourage donations

In celebration of national blood donor week, June 13-19, 2021, personal injury law firm McLeish Orlando Lawyers announced in a press release their partnership with Canadian Blood Services encouraging people to donate blood. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 2:05 PM

Judge’s role is to adjudicate ‘on the basis of law, precedent and evidence,’ SCC nominee says Justice Mahmud Jamal

Justice Mahmud Jamal, the Trudeau government’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the impending retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, says he hopes to serve with an open mind and a willingness to listen while remaining “very mindful” of the responsibility which comes with being the first person of colour to be named to Canada’s top court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 1:05 PM

On the morals of giants: Patent rights, waivers during COVID-19 Multinationalhands.jpg

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to devastate nations worldwide, many are questioning the balance between private profits and public health. Professionals and activists believe that intellectual property (IP) rights enforced by the World Trade Organization (WTO) restrict developing countries from obtaining access to crucial medicine and equipment. Others argue that IP rights are essential to drive innovation and provide incentive for pharmaceutical companies. In response, vaccine producers have increased lobbying and public-relations efforts to support IP rights. Countries must now decide whether vaccine patents should be waived during this critical time of a global health crisis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 6:47 AM

UNDRIP legislation receives royal assent, citizenship oath changed to recognize treaties Justice Minister David Lametti

Legislation to bring Canada’s laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has officially come into force. Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, received royal assent June 21, which also marked National Indigenous Peoples Day. The declaration, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, affirms the rights of Indigenous peoples to self-determination and self-government, and the newly-minted legislation creates a framework to implement it in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 2:49 PM

It is time to register: Why provincial, territorial trademark registers should exist MapofCanada

Last year, I wrote a piece for The Lawyer’s Daily stating that Canadian provinces and territories should implement their own trademark registers in addition to the federal register. Such registers would provide cost-effective trademark protection for small businesses that operate in just one province and be useful for trademark applicants that want to register a trademark for a non-distinctive phrase which has only been used locally. While I touched briefly upon the potential advantages for provincial and territorial governments in that piece, there are additional benefits which I will describe further detail below. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Four COVID-19 changes we should keep after pandemic | Kyla Lee

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major time of transition for the legal profession. It may be the thing that has finally brought lawyers out of the stone age and into embracing digital technology for their cases. Some of the changes are less convenient, to be sure, but many of the changes to our court and practices should stick around after the pandemic ends. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 11:38 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 4:02 PM

LSO Pride Month panel addresses barriers to inclusiveness in legal education, workplaces University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's Samantha Peters

Legal education and mentorship, equitable workplaces and building community were the main themes discussed at the Law Society of Ontario’s Pride Month event, held virtually on June 14. The event, titled “A discussion on Queer and BIPOC identities in law,” brought together a diverse panel of speakers who stressed the importance of mentorship and community for law students as well as the “impact of organizational whiteness” on the profession. ... [read more]