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Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Dropping bro on his head? Reasonably foreseeable, your Honour | Marcel Strigberger

Mistakes. Also known as errors, blunders or in my best legalese, boo-boos. Do lawyers make any? ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

In mediation, don’t always try to meet in the middle | Stuart Rudner

“There’s an old saying that tells us that the person who offers to meet you in the middle is a poor judge of distance.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

Radical simple solution to B.C. Supreme Court backlog | Kyla Lee

I wrote a few months ago about the absolutely broken scheduling system in B.C. Supreme Court’s Vancouver civil chambers. Since that time, our office has still been unable to book a lengthy chambers hearing for even a single matter. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 1:38 PM

Vulnerability, neglect and abuse: The women at Western University | Marvin Zuker

Media reports suggest that on the night of Sept. 10, 2021, the Friday night of frosh week at the Western University in London, Ont., some 30 female students were drugged and sexually assaulted in residence. ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 1:06 PM

The grinch that stole Halloween | Marcel Strigberger

This was not Mark Metzger III’s day though it should have been. The Galveston, Texas, lawyer who values humour wanted to lift the gloomy doom mood in the midst of a threatening storm and so he dressed up in a costume of the Halloween film murderous character Michael Myers and walked along the beach, mask, fake knife, phony blood and all. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Good news, bad news | John L. Hill

The province of Ontario has taken a step to reduce incarceration for people on intermittent sentences and to keep close tabs on people released on bail. Rather than have such sentences served in a jail, offenders will wear an ankle bracelet and be tracked by GPS. The system will also track those in the community on a temporary absence permit, those with monitoring conditions on conditional release, parole or bail release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 2:03 PM

Lack of private school regulation continues in Ontario | Andrew Rogerson

The CBC article of Sept. 15, 2021, “GTA teacher stripped of licence because of sexual impropriety now heads private school,” sadly comes as no surprise. While it is encouraging to see that the teacher in this case was stripped of their licence, the same issue was discussed in a 2015 story in the Toronto Star, which highlighted that teachers at private schools are often disciplined behind closed doors, or not at all. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 1:42 PM

Chill in the air | Ben Levine

I am a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. I have read Kyla Lee’s article of Oct 4, 2021, and write in response. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 1:03 PM

Going virtual, paperless: Is it really that scary? | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

Quick glance at lightning-speed changes in law | Ken Hill

In November 2020, I wrote an article in this space about how COVID-19 is forcing change and the acceptance of new uses of technology in the justice system and the practice of law. Since then, I am sure we have all heard a few stories of mishaps, such as the Texas “cat-faced” lawyer and the one I heard from counsel at an online hearing, about an expert witness pushing back from his desk to retrieve material while giving evidence, only to reveal to all the fact that he had not bothered to put on pants that morning.  ... [read more]