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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 12:57 PM

Justice clinic improves outcomes for persons with developmental disabilities Human head with butterfly inside

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and an apt time to shed light on the unique challenges facing persons with developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. A long-standing challenge has been the equitable and meaningful participation by persons with developmental disabilities in the court process. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 8:44 AM

Protecting the prince: Estate planning in the royal family A crown by an antique scroll

In a recent primetime interview with his wife, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry revealed that his family had “cut him off financially” on short notice during the first quarter of 2020, leaving him unable to afford security for his family. However, Harry was able to access the inheritance he received following the death of his late mother, Princess Diana, and embark on a new life in the U.S. Harry told Oprah Winfrey, “I’ve got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Historic Express Entry draw: Ottawa’s plans to meet 2021 immigration levels | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration authorities have shown their hand on exactly how they intend to meet ambitious newcomer targets in 2021 — by slashing required scores and smashing the record for the number of candidates invited in the most recent Express Entry draw. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Ascertaining witness, defendant locations in video trials Line drawing of woman's head emerging from computer screen

With new technologies, new challenges arise. The last year has seen adoption of technology in the court system on an unfathomable scale. Things which required in-person appearances for centuries transitioned to virtual appearances in a matter of weeks. The stresses were substantial but the growing pains have been largely beneficial. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

B.C. gun legislation targets gangs, protects health-care professionals who breach confidentiality Kyla Lee

British Columbia’s NDP government has brought forward a raft of measures aimed at tackling the gang problem in the province by targeting illegal firearms, but a criminal lawyer in the province is raising concerns about the constitutionality of some of the proposals. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 11:34 AM

Advice for the career-weary | Jo-Anne Stark

Question: I’ve been practising law for almost 35 years and although I love it, I’m feeling I have so little time to pursue my other interests — or even make plans for retirement. After a lifetime of building a career and a network of clients, I want to find a way to work less, but still help people with their legal problems. I also want to retire to British Columbia one day, but all my work connections are here in Saskatoon. Is there a way to slow down without giving up the things I love about practising law? ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 8:43 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2020 part two: From termination and tax to good-faith contracts Top Ten award

This is the second of a two-part series listing the Top 10 Business Decisions in Canada for 2020. The first part dealt with cases ranked 6-10. This article ranks the top five in ascending order. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

Duplicity, deception, dishonesty: When employees renege on contracts Two stickmen ripping up a contract

When an employment relationship turns sour, it’s typically employers who are on the receiving end of lawsuits. Think of former employees suing for wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, reasonable notice, damages and bonuses. Of course, there are employers who misbehave. However, there are also employees who don’t play nice. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

Virtual pre-moot dramatic illustration of positive arbitration outcomes from COVID-19 Virtual debate

While everyone is aware of the almost overnight shift to virtual and hybrid proceedings in all aspects of dispute resolution — court proceedings, arbitration and mediation — what may prove to have more dramatic and significant impact on arbitration globally is that arbitration knowledge, training, resource materials and networking is now available globally and usually without charge. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The duty of courts to give adequate reasons Letters coming out of a pencil

Written reasons are the voice of a decision. They are the means by which a decision maker communicates the rationale for its decision. Their presence explains how and why a decision was made. Their absence creates the perception of arbitrariness in the exercise of judicial power. ... [read more]