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Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 11:32 AM

Ottawa provides loans and ‘micro-grants’ to small- and medium-sized enterprises to go digital

Ottawa is offering up to $100,000 in interest-free loans to assist small- and medium-sized-sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to go digital to boost their bottom line — for example, by adopting new customer relationship software, digital inventory management systems, network security software or other technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

Governance, family law issues on plate for benchers in 2022: B.C. law society president B.C. law society president Lisa Hamilton

The newly minted president of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is saying the year 2022 promises to be a busy one for law society benchers as they continue to grapple with issues surrounding governance, family law and mental health. Lisa Hamilton took over as president at the beginning of January, after having served as both second and first vice-president. A graduate of the University of Victoria faculty of law, she has been a bencher since 2016 and is the founding partner of Hamilton Fabbro, a family law firm in Vancouver. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 8:30 AM

How practising martial arts makes me a better trial lawyer | Lorne Sabsay

I have been practising both martial arts and law (criminal and litigation) for a very long time: 35 years. I train karate at Northern Karate Schools and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) at Toronto BJJ and BJJ Battalion. I hold a fifth-degree black belt in karate and a blue belt in BJJ, and recently won a silver medal at the Master Worlds IBJJF Championship in Las Vegas. I also have a Shihan-level teaching title in karate. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 1:05 PM

The flaw in family law paralegal licences | Robert Shawyer

Last fall, on behalf of over 50 members of the family law bar in Ontario, I wrote a response to the Law Society of Ontario’s Family Legal Services Provider Licence Consultation that was released for review and comment on June 26, 2020. While the response I wrote was acknowledged, as were the submissions from 39 other organizations, in the LSO Report on Family Legal Services Provider Licence released on Jan. 21, 2022, it was ignored in favour of what appears to be a predetermined outcome to license paralegals to practise family law. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 12:37 PM

Second opinions | Gabriel Latner

Fred Smith (FE to history) was a “bon-vivant” back in the day when, if you were rich enough, unchecked alcoholism was just a charming quirk. One night in 1907, he checked into London’s Savoy Hotel and proceeded to order a staggering quantity of champagne and oysters, to sustain him as he read through a deep stack of legal papers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 09, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Liberals reintroduce in Senate criminal procedure reforms that stalled in the Commons last year

Fulfilling an election pledge, the Liberal government has reintroduced  criminal procedure and other pandemic-sparked reforms that would authorize greater use of virtual remote proceedings and telewarrants, among other measures. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 09, 2022 @ 8:48 AM

AI and the significant impact it will have on immigration | Sergio R. Karas

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in immigration processing. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun to use AI as a tool to decide straightforward applications for visitor, study and work permits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 08, 2022 @ 4:06 PM

Ottawa rolls out online case-status tracker for family class permanent residence applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is spotlighting its recent launch of a new digital case-status tracker enabling certain family-class permanent residence applicants, sponsors and their representatives “to more easily” check their application status online. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 08, 2022 @ 3:04 PM

Top judge says ‘partisan politics never comes into play’ in decisions from oft-divided Supreme Court Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner

In the past few years the Supreme Court of Canada has been dividing in cases more often than it agrees, but Canada’s top judge says none of those disagreements stem from, or reflect, politically partisan considerations. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 03, 2022 @ 4:03 PM

Ottawa expands use of ‘advanced data analytics’ for backlogged visitor visa applications from abroad

In an effort to reduce long delays, the federal government says it is expanding its use of “advanced data analytics” to help federal officials triage and process backlogged visitor visa applications submitted from abroad. ... [read more]