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Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 10:33 AM

Teleconference to look at labour arbitrator bias Keith_Burkhardt_sm

Identifying, testing and tackling arbitrator bias will be the focus of an upcoming lecture examining the “unique” challenges of staying impartial and resisting human nature during labour disputes. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Quebec, law society reach out-of-court settlement over English text versions of laws

A lawsuit by the Quebec and Montreal bars to compel the provincial government to implement measures to ensure the legal equivalence of the French and English-language versions of Quebec statutes was quietly settled out of court. The deal, years in the making, was settled after the government and the National Assembly took “concrete” steps to address long-standing problems with the English text of Quebec statutes, according to the law society. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 1:45 PM

Da Silva’s departure from LSO Convocation not confirmed Orlando Da Silva sm

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Orlando Da Silva may not have to step down from his position at Convocation, as he told The Lawyer’s Daily that the Office of the Integrity Commissioner has yet to make its final decision on whether his appointment with the Administrative Tribunal Support Service of Canada is a conflict of interest. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Alberta law society warns about scam misrepresenting law firm R. Brent Carlyle, Carlyle Law

An Alberta lawyer is warning the public to be diligent after a fake firm using his name and address sent out letters and e-mails to people claiming to represent the estate of a long-lost relative. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

‘Five eyes’ nations step up global fight against online sex abuse of children, other cybercrimes Five Eyes

Ministers responsible for the public’s safety in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have announced they will finalize next month “voluntary principles” that online platforms and services will be expected to implement as part of stepped-up global efforts to halt the online sexual abuse of children. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 9:25 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

Longtime Ontario firm Hughes Amys ceases operations

Hughes Amys LLP, a prominent Ontario insurance litigation firm in operation for over 100 years, has closed. According to the firm’s website, Hughes Amys has “ceased operations” and inquiries have been directed to a generic e-mail address. When The Lawyer’s Daily contacted the firm, the chief operating officer, Mary Lavis-Todd, responded but declined to comment on the date and cause of the closure.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Sole practitioner retained by OCL not a dependent contractor, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) determining that a sole practitioner, who provided legal services to the office, was not a dependent contractor. In Thurston v. Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) 2019 ONCA 640 the court heard that the respondent, Barbara Thurston, provided legal services to the OCL over a 13-year period. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study Nathalie Cadieux

More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Severing joint tenancy in Nova Scotia done by trusting transfer, lawyer says

Co-owners of property in Nova Scotia wanting to sever the joint tenancy but retain their full share as part of their estate should do it by transferring their interest to someone whom they trust enough to give it right back, says a lawyer following a battle between two women over their family home. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Armed Forces prosecutors seek to compel deputy chief military judge to assign judge to try top military judge Philippe-Luc Boutin

The prosecution of Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil took another unusual turn recently as military prosecutors asked the Federal Court to compel Deputy Chief Military Judge Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil to assign a military judge to preside over the court martial — notwithstanding d’Auteuil’s ruling in June that he and his three fellow military judges are all conflicted out, or otherwise unable to preside, over the unprecedented case. ... [read more]