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Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

Courts in Alberta, Ontario, N.W.T. continue to adjust to virus

Courts continue to shelve and reschedule matters due to COVID-19 and the spread of the omicron variant. Between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4, Alberta’s provincial court has adjourned all non-urgent out-of-custody trials, preliminary inquiries and any other hearings requiring witness evidence, according to a notice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 1:48 PM

Going through motions Full Calendar

“Cases and reports for over a decade have lamented the ‘motions culture’ that remains prevalent on the Toronto Region Civil List … Motions are being scheduled before the Associate Judges in this region approximately eight months from now. Long motions before a judge here face the same backlog. Short motions can be heard in four months or so.”  Justice Frederick Myers, November 2021. ... [read more]

Monday, January 17, 2022 @ 1:59 PM

LSO client ID and verification requirements: What’s changed? | Julianne Trotman

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) recently updated its requirements for client identification and verification, as it relates to anti-money laundering. The changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 2:19 PM

Is online voting reliable? | Agnès Whitfield

Many organizations including municipal governments, educational institutions, condo associations, unions, and corporations now rely on online platforms to conduct their votes and surveys, a trend reinforced by the pandemic need for remote consultation. Online voting provides a quick, paperless, relatively inexpensive, and seemingly reliable way to canvas shareholders or electors. But how trustworthy are online voting services and what should counsel know about them to properly advise their clients and avoid litigation?  ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 9:46 AM

Family violence HELP for legal advisers Frightened  Mother and daughter in shadow

Identifying the presence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in a new family law file has never been easy for lawyers, but help has arrived in an important new tool recently released by Justice Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 @ 8:33 AM

Virtual mediation: What’s past is present Circle of past, present, future

In March 2020, I wrote Mediation by Zoom addresses social distancing, shuttered courtrooms in The Lawyer’s Daily, where I addressed the sudden popularity of online dispute resolution (ODR) due to COVID-19. More specifically, I discussed virtual (or remote) mediation, and offered practical tips to lawyers desperately getting up to speed on a not-so-new technology — while still adjusting to the decline of the fax machine.  ... [read more]

Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Prime minister hands out mandate letters to federal cabinet ministers detailing specific objectives Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly issued his marching orders to the 38 cabinet ministers of the minority Liberal government elected in the fall. In a practice designed to enhance public transparency and accountability, that was pioneered by the Trudeau Liberals when they first formed government in 2015, the prime minister unveiled on Dec. 16 the individual mandate letters which specify, in some detail, what he expects each cabinet member to get done in carrying out the government’s agenda during the 44th Parliament.  ... [read more]

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

LCO report comparing European Union, Canadian AI regulation stresses development of ‘trustworthy AI’ Nye Thomas, Law Commission of Ontario executive director

A Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) report comparing Canadian and European AI regulation notes there are “major gaps” in this area in Canada that “must be addressed urgently.” “It’s an area of growing concern,” said Nye Thomas, the LCO’s executive director. Thomas stressed that Canadian laws are “going to have to adapt to meet these new technologies; whether it be administrative law, or criminal law, or the law of civil procedure.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 1:10 PM

In-house counsel: Do not underestimate open source software risks Unlocked padlock

From IT startups to publicly traded software companies, open-source software (OSS) has become the basic building block for modern-day software engineering. At virtually no cost of acquisition, software developers can leverage existing OSS codes (e.g., OSS libraries and algorithms) and apply them to accelerate product development cycle, significantly reducing engineering timeline and cost. Especially in artificial intelligence (AI) neural network-driven software applications, companies no longer need to solve complex R&D tasks like natural language processing, as sophisticated AI language models like Google BERT are readily available for commercial use under Apache License 2.0. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

Wellness: Work/life integration | Darryl Singer

Much talk in recent years in our profession has been about the seemingly unattainable work/life balance. The concept sounds great in theory. But the reality is that for most lawyers who aspire to achieve or maintain success, it is almost impossible. ... [read more]