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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

‘Hierarchy based on expertise’ model changes way tax law firm works Peter Aprile sm

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Colin Stevenson, who stepped into the role on Sept. 1, was inspired to make innovation the organization’s theme this year. This was motivated in part by the OBA’s innovator-in-residence, Peter Aprile, who, along with other legal professionals at Counter Tax, have undertaken a “hierarchy based on expertise” model at their firm. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Law society does not have ‘Label Town’ address | Ian Wilkinson

What a strange sensation creeping over me. I remember a fleeting feeling something like it when I heard family law was going to be put in scope for paralegals. It came back again when, excluding myself, the Stop the Statement of Principles (StopSOP) slate was elected. I felt it again when I watched Convocation approve criminal scope for paralegals and rescind the Statement of Principles (SOP). Could it be? No? Is this what it feels like to be proud to be part of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO)? Well that’s new, at least for me. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada: Recent trends | Lawrence David

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) gives Canadians many reasons to be proud of its important work. For one, Canadians can boast about their Supreme Court being the only bilingual and bijuridical apex judicial institution in the world. Appeals are heard in English and French and, reflecting Canada’s legal diversity, from both the common law and civil law traditions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

How Canada should deal with obscene trademarks swearword symbols

Over the summer of 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Iancu v. Brunetti 139 S. Ct. 2294 struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, on the basis that the provisions violate the First Amendment, which protects free speech. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

Recognizing stellar litigation work of the Chief | Sam Goldstein

Sept. 18 marks the 124th birthday of Canada’s 13th prime minister, John Diefenbaker. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

Why cannabis users still head for black market Handstradingpot

Canada is known for its divergent treatment in legalizing marijuana. It is known for a fact that cannabis was banned in the country from 1923 until the legislation was amended and cannabis was made legal for medicinal purposes on July 30, 2001. CBD is now accessible for both medical and recreational purposes under the conditions outlined in the conditions and regulations provided by Canadian federal law. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Yikes, my kid is going to law school | Marcel Strigberger

So, your kid is about to follow your footsteps and pursue a legal career? What are your trepidations? ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Trans people in prison: Nova Scotia’s approach two prisoners

A panel on transgender people and prisons took place during Halifax Pride, intended to help lawyers better serve trans clients remanded or sentenced to provincial custody in Nova Scotia and promote understanding of some issues trans people face in the prison system. ... [read more]

Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 3:34 PM

Things I’ve learned since law school | Kurt Sandstrom

As we enter the “back to school” season, it has given me pause to ruminate on my own journey through the practice of law, especially having just celebrated my 30-year anniversary in the profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

First, let’s love all the lawyers | Marcel Strigberger

Our profession is a noble one. But unfortunately, lay people often view us negatively, as sharks, shysters and ambulance chasers.   ... [read more]