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Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 12:28 PM

Indigenous language case step toward truth, reconciliation | V. Victoria Shroff

Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 recognizes and affirms Aboriginal rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 11:27 AM

Come to family mediation with bridge-building tools | AJ Jakubowska

Selling the idea of mediation to family law clients can be a challenge. Reasons for skepticism or even resistance cited by people facing relationship-related disputes include: “It will be a waste of time because the other side is not reasonable” or “We are already in court and a judge can make a decision so why should I spend money on another process?” ... [read more]

Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 9:57 AM

Snowbirding 101 | Gary Goodwin

We became newly fledged snowbirds. We planned this for several years, and we initially thought this would be like a long vacation to the U.S. During this transition, we discovered several interesting cultural differences. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 @ 9:33 AM

Why is Bordeaux prison video not public? | John L. Hill

One of the most egregious stories reported in January was of the beating death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man stopped and attacked by police officers during a confrontation on Jan. 7 in Memphis, Tenn. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 @ 9:02 AM

Bread and circuses | Murray Gottheil

I keep reading about mental health issues in the legal profession. Too many lawyers are terminally unhappy. The problem appears to be impossible to fix. Even the Washington Post just ran an article titled, “Want to be happy? Then don’t be a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 30, 2023 @ 9:17 AM - Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2023 @ 8:18 AM

Dispatches from working mom front | Rachel Goldenberg

It has been almost three years since the world first shut down in abject terror of this new deadly virus, Coronavirus disease 2019. And yet, likely because of intense PTSD, it feels like just yesterday. I remember it all. ... [read more]

Friday, January 27, 2023 @ 11:17 AM

It will soon be easier for foreign-trained specialists to come to Canada | Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Foreign-trained specialists should soon find it easier to come to Canada, thanks to an accreditation project being launched by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 2:30 PM

Law society secrets | Joseph Groia

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) possesses great power, which must be exercised responsibly. Good and responsible governance requires transparency.  This is codified in the LSO’s Governance Practices and Policies, which, among other things, (i) imposes a duty upon the LSO to act in an open manner; (ii) requires Convocation to be committed to transparency of its process; and (iii) personally requires the treasurer to be committed to openness, inclusion and transparency.  The LSO has not been fulfilling these requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 11:05 AM

Principled bail reforms: Proactive not reactive solutions | Neha Chugh and Jessyca Greenwood

On Dec. 27, 2022, a young Ontario Provincial Police officer Grzegorz (Greg) Pierzchala was shot and killed for what seems like no reason. This officer was on regular patrol, responding to a car in the ditch and was shot by two individuals. His death was senseless and a tragedy to the community. The individuals charged by the courts for his murder were on bail for other offences at the time that this event occurred.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 10:50 AM

Predicting death in your child’s school in 2023, part five | Marvin Zuker

There continues to be increasingly loud alarms about children’s mental health. The effect of the pandemic and other stressors on youth mental health was devastating. All schools and every child should have access to a trained school counsellor. Another area where our government has failed. You are lucky if your school has a nurse. ... [read more]