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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 2:02 PM

Impact of Ontario’s health-care crisis on personal injury law, claimants Nursing station

Ontario’s health-care system is in crisis, provoked in large part by the COVID pandemic. Surgical and diagnostic imaging wait times have increased dramatically. Emergency departments have been forced to close for hours or days at a time because of nursing and staff shortages. ... [read more]

Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 3:42 PM

Ottawa to lift COVID-19 border restrictions, travel health checks, masking requirements Oct. 1

Ottawa has confirmed that, effective Oct. 1, all travellers arriving in Canada will no longer have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Canada or to meet COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation requirements, nor will travellers have to submit their public health information through ArriveCAN. ... [read more]

Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 2:44 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 4:02 PM

Moldaver led SCC on criminal law for 11 years but spent first three years looking for the exit TLD exclusive

Michael Moldaver, the judge who most shaped Canadian criminal law over the past 11 years, confesses he remains troubled that accused who are “clearly guilty” of serious crimes sometimes get acquitted, because courts throw out crucial evidence tainted by state illegality that many Canadians would not see as justifying such a drastic remedy. ... [read more]

Friday, September 23, 2022 @ 11:52 AM

How do I know if I am on my way to burning out? | Rob De Toni

Burnout. It’s a hot topic in the legal profession today and has been ever since the beginning of the pandemic. But what exactly is burnout, and how can you tell if you are on your way to burning out? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 1:34 PM

Patagonia ownership transfer: Lawyering for 21st century | Heidi J.T. Exner Back to school

The 83-year-old Patagonia founder and ex-billionaire Yvon Chouinard raised eyebrows earlier this month when he proclaimed “Earth is now our only shareholder,” and transferred ownership of his private company to a non-profit and trust. Holdfast Collective now owns 98 per cent of Patagonia’s stock, which constitutes the entirety of its non-voting shares. This means it stands to benefit economically to the tune of an estimated $100 million per annum in profits, paid as dividends. However, this ownership does not afford the non-profit control over Patagonia’s business operations. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 10:17 AM

Lawyers: Learn to network and generate new business | Mark Borkowski

No profession is as bad as generating new business and generating new clients as lawyers. Why? Lawyers do not know how to network. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 3:50 PM

Cull of ‘huge mass’ of less-serious criminal cases could unclog Canada’s justice system: Moldaver Exclusive

Newly retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Michael Moldaver says the “bursting-at-the seams” criminal justice system could be saved from the risk of future collapse and irrelevancy by removing the “huge mass” of less serious criminal cases that could be fairly and more speedily handled via alternatives, including ticketing, diversion and reasonable plea deals and charge withdrawals. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

Needed: More small-town lawyers | Neha Chugh

It was an average court appearance almost a decade ago, I was in the early stages of my new solo practice in Cornwall, Ont. I had gone to law school and articled in Toronto and spent the first two years of private practice in Ottawa. My spouse’s new job had taken me to Cornwall, nestled between Ottawa and Montreal, on the St. Lawrence River. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Let’s play Jeopardy: I’ll take ‘Expert in Ottawa’ for $300 | Murray Gottheil

When I practised law in Mississauga, Ont., our fees were cheap compared to the Toronto firms, and kind of expensive compared to firms in places like Guelph, Belleville and Kingston. I occasionally wondered whether my clients might prefer to deal with firms in smaller cities at lower rates. Then I would reassure myself that doing so would be terribly inconvenient for them and that they would rather pay more to deal with me. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 8:58 AM

Filing a subrogated claim in Alberta? Proceed with caution Traffic light

Extra-provincial workers’ compensation boards that file subrogated claims in Alberta on behalf of non-residents should be prepared for reduced damage awards, as highlighted by a recent decision from the Alberta Court of Appeal. ... [read more]