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Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Equality, diversity requirements for lawyers in Ontario | Amrita Tamber

It has been a slow road, but over the past few years the legal profession has started to make small strides towards greater inclusivity. Although women and minorities comprise a growing number of legal professionals, they still remain significantly under-represented in senior leadership roles. In recent years, the statistics show that 43 per cent of lawyers identified as women and 29 per cent identified as a visible minority. An increase in senior leadership diversity may result in an increase in proportional representation from the top down. ... [read more]

Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

Federal Court of Appeal overturns copyright ruling in York University’s favour Trent_Horne_sm

The Federal Court of Appeal has set aside a lower court decision and dismissed an action against York University in its battle over an interim tariff granted by the Copyright Board covering the copying of “protected works” at post-secondary schools. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Naked truth about appeals from Trademarks Opposition Board Newcrossedfingers.jpg

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently changed standard of review concerning appeals from the decisions of administrative bodies. They intended to simplify the law and to require more deference be given to such decisions. It does not seem this result has been achieved regarding appeals from the decisions of the Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB). ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

History made in Ontario courts: Counsel’s thoughts on virtual proceedings youtube_court_sm

In my first article in this series on Ontario’s virtual proceedings for the Nation Rise v. Minister of the Environment judicial review, I talked of how I had tried to put myself in the shoes of counsel during the hearing. I spoke with a few counsel on the case, before the hearing and after. Here are some observations and lessons learned. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Employment sector Trudeau forgot Dadworkingfromhome

The federal and provincial governments have introduced various new assistance programs aimed at helping employers and employees sustain their businesses and at improving our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are critical to surviving the pandemic. Some of the most popular and valuable programs include: ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Federal Court extends suspension of normal hearings, expands availability of virtual proceedings

As a result of COVID-19, the Federal Court is extending to June 29 the suspension of its hearings (subject to exceptions) while expanding the range of matters that it is prepared to address in the meantime by telephone, videoconference, or in writing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 3:54 PM

CBA launches national task force to help with plans to reopen and improve justice system Vivene Salmon

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Vivene Salmon is chairing a new blue-ribbon national task force that will make recommendations for improving, and eventually gearing up, the justice system that has almost ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 10:12 AM

Need a good laugh? Memes and copyright meme_laugh_sm

In July 2016, which by now seems like a century ago, Internet denizen @AlmostJT tweeted a frame from Arthur, the PBS cartoon, that went viral. In it, Arthur clenches his fist before punching his sister because she broke his toy. Alongside the image, @AlmostJT wrote: “This is just a pic of Arthur’s fist but idk how I feel that it’s just so relatable. So many emotions in one fist.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Wellness: My post-COVID hopes for the profession | Darryl Singer

Our profession has and will continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. From small boutique firms to large national firms, many have been forced to lay off staff, take on additional debt and forgo partner draws. Solo practitioners, particularly those whose income is dependent on Legal Aid or working clientele and a fully operational court system, have had much of their work dry up. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

League of heroes, revisited | Marcel Strigberger

“Love levels all ranks” uttered Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He made that remark while courting the daughter of the good ship’s captain, whose station in British society was way south of his own. Given the current COVID-19 situation, I will say a good pandemic levels all ranks. We have new heroes on the block. ... [read more]