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Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

The effects of pandemic on international arbitration virtual_meetings_international

The arbitral community has been turned upside down by COVID-19, like every other sector of the legal industry and the broader business community. Many hearings are being adjourned as people are restricted from travelling or forced into self-isolation. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

Show of hands: Virtual annual general meetings virtual_voting_sm

As all levels of government in Canada continue to impose increasingly restrictive physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, not-for-profit and charitable organizations are facing unprecedented challenges in connection with holding their upcoming Annual General Meetings (AGMs). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 4:33 PM

Nova Scotia court to allow virtual affidavits

As part of efforts to increase social distancing, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is taking the unorthodox step of allowing the virtual swearing of affidavits. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Ryerson Innovation Zone seeks budding entrepreneurs for free online program

The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University announced that it is receiving applications for the second cohort of Concept Framework: a free, interactive online, six-week part-time program that helps future entrepreneurs understand how to turn their innovative idea into a proof of concept. Applications close on April 14. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 11:50 AM

Articling student launches legal tech collaboration site in the wake of COVID-19 Egi_Troka_sm

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired an articling student in Toronto to launch an initiative to bring lawyers and innovators together to collaborate on legal tech systems that can continue to function during a crisis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Pandemic observations from self-isolation | Malcolm Mercer

Late on Friday March 13, Toronto Public Health advised that everyone who had travelled outside of Canada go into self-isolation for 14 days after their return. My wife and I self-isolated having returned from United States six days earlier. As I write, it is now more than two weeks into a new world. Much has changed. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Mediation by Zoom addresses social distancing, shuttered courtrooms zoom_meeting_sm

Mediations conducted by videoconference, via online platforms like Zoom, have suddenly become popular in Ontario as a result of social distancing and shuttered courtrooms due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Access to Justice: Justice in the time of social distancing | Beverley McLachlin

The COVID-19 virus has changed our world. It is unprecedented, impacting every aspect of our daily lives, keeping us apart from each other and shutting down most of our conventional ways of interacting in society, save for essential services. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench enhances e-mail filing system

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench announced that an enhanced e-mail filing system for court documents for all of its judicial centres is now available to the province’s lawyers. ... [read more]