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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Employers’ EI premium rate to be the same in 2022, feds say

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission has announced next year’s premiums for employment insurance (EI) and the maximum insurable earnings for 2022. The EI premium rates for 2022 are set at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees, and $2.21 for employers. Employers will pay 1.4 times the employee rate — a premium rate unchanged from 2020 and 2021, according to a Sept. 14 news release from Employment and Social Development Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Ex-top judge Beverley McLachlin calls writing legal page-turners a challenging ‘voyage of discovery’ Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin spent 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada grappling with the country’s most difficult legal problems, but she tells The Lawyer’s Daily writing legal thrillers presents its own unique challenges. The author of an award-winning autobiography, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, and the #1 best-selling courtroom suspense novel Full Disclosure, releases her second legal page-turner this week, featuring tough-minded criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 1:36 PM

Privacy breach lawsuits are coming for insurers and brokers Network of shields with locks in middle

In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, two nominal plaintiffs have commenced a class action against insurer/broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Gallagher), arising from a security breach and ransomware attack suffered by Gallagher between June 30, 2020, and Sept. 26, 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

How lawyers can learn from failure | Neha Chugh

It was a typical afternoon this summer when I found myself being invited to another lawyer event — come to the event, the website boasted, where a prominent lawyer will share their tips for success. The lawyer’s glossy headshot featured with a list of their recent successes in court and in practice reveals a flawless face, a beaming smile and a well-pressed suit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 07, 2021 @ 11:11 AM

‘You can’t handle the hoof!’: Ontario court weighs in on liability for domesticated animals Woman on horse

In late 2020, the Superior Court of Justice commenced Ontario’s first virtual trial in Belton v. Spencer 2021 ONSC 2029. The key witness did not make an appearance at trial, but it was not due to any form of technical glitch. Not your typical assailant, this case dealt with a horse who was alleged to have kicked its caretaker, resulting in serious injuries to his face. ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Back to Law School Roundup: News, analysis and opinion Back to Law School

For the second year in row, we have set out to cover the issues and challenges faced by Canadian law schools and students due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 02, 2021 @ 9:38 AM

Former articling student returns to Dutton Brock as associate

Dutton Brock announced that Kristine S.J. Kim has returned to the firm as an associate. ... [read more]