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Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 9:41 AM

Amid COVID-19 response, B.C. political parties pledge action on insurance, police reform Richard Fowler

B.C. voters head to the polls Oct. 24 with competing visions of how to right an economic ship rocked by the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. But politicians in the province have carved out positions on other issues which had been at the forefront of many people’s thinking before coronavirus and have become more important over the past few months, including tackling the province’s troubled automobile insurance system, dealing with issues of policing and systemic racism and working to ensure employment legislation better helps those involved in the gig economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 @ 8:45 AM

COVID, opportunity and future of family law | Gary Joseph

I have been fortunate to professionally grow up in an era of family law giants. I have negotiated with and against, litigated with and against and learned from the likes of Malcolm Kronby, Alan Poole, Harold Berry, Phil Epstein and many other of the now gone greats. I have spent years attending courts run by Justices Abraham Lieff, George Walsh and Gertrude Speigel, three jurists who stood family law on its head and turned the approach to it 180 degrees. Finally, I have had the privilege of being mentored by one of the great teachers and gentleman of the bar, the late James C. MacDonald. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to justice amid COVID-19 Businessmantiedup

The justice system is similar to having only one place in your city that serves food, and it happens to be an expensive, exclusive restaurant. If your rights are at stake (read: steak, if you like puns) that is, you need to eat — your only option is this one restaurant with a cost-prohibitive menu of legal options. You can’t eat (or enforce your rights), if you can’t afford to pay. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

How to get to winner’s circle: ‘Business side’ of law 2people&trophy

Last month a story circulated in the local news about a Calgary man who sold his home after his divorce. A judge ruled that he was to place the proceeds of this sale in a trust account, to which he abided, and in turn, the firm that handled this endeavour had managed to lose every penny. The owner of the now-defunct firm claims that a paralegal unlawfully stole funds from the general and trust accounts during her tenure, and he has filed a claim against her for misappropriation of funds, breaches of fiduciary duty and contract, and conversion, among other things. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 11:35 AM

Singularity and the law | Jerry Levitan

“Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Sustaining our justice system in pandemic times | Roger Bilodeau

In recent months, several judges, court officials and observers have stated that the pandemic has thrust the justice system further along into the 21st century with the push to use all available technologies to maintain court operations. Many of them have also rightly pointed out that access to justice is still a challenge for a great number of Canadians. As courts take steps to resume regular operations, what does the future hold in terms of sustaining our justice system? Here are a few points to consider as governments, courts and other interested parties move forward to map out the future. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Ontario’s chief justices call for reinvestment in legal aid at court opening ceremony George_Strathy

Two of Ontario’s top judges have urged the provincial and federal governments to reinvest in legal aid at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has left many Ontarians at their most vulnerable. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Implications of patenting adaptive clothing Womaninwheelchair.jpg

Adaptive clothing is defined as clothing that caters to the needs of disabled persons and the elderly through design elements that improve the wearer’s quality of life and ease of dressing. Adaptive clothing can also be worn by persons with conditions such as arthritis, edema, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, among others. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation robots

When Ryan Edmonds, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, launched his firm in 2014 he didn’t set out to be an early adopter of legal technology. Cost and flexibility, he says, made setting up a cloud-based paperless system an easy choice. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Paper-based vs. paperless vs. digital paperless_office_sm

Recently I spent three days in a law firm boardroom digitizing the entirety of a law firm’s corporate minute book collection. One by one we combed through the pages of the binders, carefully disassembling decades-old records to be fed through the scanner that worked effortlessly, albeit with a faint hum. ... [read more]