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Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Who was that unmasked man? | Marcel Strigberger

“No mask for me; I’m special,” he says.  ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 11:21 AM

Changing role of municipal support of affordable housing in Ontario | Laura Gurr

The importance of safe, adequate and affordable housing to a household and community cannot be overstated. Recently, comments have been made in London, Ont., by elected officials that affordable housing could “harm” neighbourhoods. I disagree. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

China: Congenial police state | Ken Hill

My astute editor, who noticed that my adjacent photo was taken in China, suggested I might have some stories about the law in the Middle Kingdom. I did not practise law there but I did live in Shanghai for six months, accompanying my wife who had a contract in what is by some measures the largest city in the world. This was right at the start of my retirement and I heartily recommend to anyone contemplating retirement to consider starting it off with an extended stay in someplace far far away. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Perspective, experience necessary conditions for Crown employment | Kyla Lee

As a criminal lawyer, one of things that I do in my efforts to defend my clients is to find out about them. I use the information about their circumstances to try to provide context to the alleged offence, help the Crown to understand the way in which a criminal conviction may adversely impact my client, and to persuade the Crown that seeking a conviction is not in the public interest. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Bringing negative terms to attention of employees | Stuart Rudner

The law has always treated employment contracts differently than other contracts. There is an assumption that in the employment relationship, there is an imbalance of bargaining power and the employee needs additional protection. That is often the case, but not always. So how do we decide when courts should intervene, and when individuals should be held to the bargain that they agreed to be bound by? ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

Access to justice and a culture of focus | William Poulos

Access to justice remains an ongoing, challenging issue. We have made strides in civil litigation, where justice system participants have been encouraged to see things differently. Cultures of delay and meritless litigation tactics are frowned upon. On the criminal side, cultures of complacency are also frowned upon, at risk of having serious charges stayed for delay. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

‘Yes my husband’s on a leash. What exactly is the problem, officer?’ | Marcel Strigberger

Police in Sherbrooke, Que., recently ticketed a couple for COVID-19 curfew violation when they noticed the wife after hours walking her husband on a leash. The couple were apparently trying to come within the curfew exemption allowing residents to walk their dogs. Woof woof! ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The many possibilities of lawyering post-pandemic | Samantha Peters

I became a lawyer in two jurisdictions amidst a global pandemic. As a result, I knew early on that I would have to think creatively about how I wanted to use my law degree and how I wanted to practise law. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Express Entry 2020: Record-breaking year despite COVID | Colin Singer

The Canada Express Entry system enjoyed a record year in 2020, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ... [read more]