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Wednesday, January 05, 2022 @ 8:27 AM

Is our language being literally decimated? | Ken Hill

Who doesn’t have a few pet peeves concerning word usage and grammar? Stuff that makes you cringe when you hear it. Please indulge me in a bit of a rant on some of the verbal irritants that grate on me. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 04, 2022 @ 2:48 PM

How gun violence data open to interpretation | Naomi Sayers

Depending on the data you cite, the defined terms and the scope of that data, the picture of gun violence in Toronto changes significantly.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 04, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

The Coach: Embrace 2022 with a positive attitude | Gary Mitchell

It’s 2022 and this pandemic is still with us. It’s created many challenges for all of us and lawyers are not exempt. But it has also provided new opportunities to look at the way you grow your practice or firm. The first and most important first step and the first column in this series starts with how to get into and maintain a positive attitude and mindset.  ... [read more]

Friday, December 24, 2021 @ 10:17 AM

What writing my novel taught me about being a lawyer | Rachel Goldenberg

It all started after writing a piece for The Lawyer’s Daily. I had written a few legal pieces for the publication already, providing commentary on interesting case law and developments in the news. But one day my editor asked me for a more personal piece, reflecting on how COVID-19 has impacted me and my professional trajectory. At first, I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to find the words, but it was a pleasant surprise to see how easy the words flowed out of me. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 23, 2021 @ 12:15 PM

Uncharted convergence of vaccine exemptions, mental health issues | Courtney Mulqueen

In the past several months, I have been fielding calls from people with pandemic-related issues which do not fall directly within my usual area of practice. These people who do not have the usual disputes with insurers over their eligibility for long-term disability (LTD) benefits, are seeking help navigating issues around the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) and mask requirements and more recently, vaccination policies and workplace accommodations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 @ 11:42 AM

The importance of tracking employee hours | Stuart Rudner

An individual worked for the same company for over 15 years without any apparent issues or concerns about their pay. When they were downsized, they brought a claim seeking additional compensation and also alleged that they had worked hundreds of hours of overtime, worked when they were supposed to be on vacation and also worked when they had taken sick days. The company claimed to have no knowledge of any of this, but also no records to disprove it. So, they ended up settling those claims since there was a risk that they would have extensive exposure. ... [read more]

Monday, December 20, 2021 @ 8:51 AM

How skilled worker Express Entry changed in 2021 | Colin Singer

Canada has seen a pandemic-induced overhaul of its immigration system in 2021, as the need for new permanent residents against a backdrop of travel restrictions saw an on-the-fly switch to a two-step process. ... [read more]

Monday, December 20, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Omicron in prison | John L. Hill

The alarming spread of the omicron variant has hit federal and provincial governments at a time when their defences were weakened. Even before the advent of omicron, Canada’s prisoners had infection rates five times higher than the general public. No one can predict how virulent the new variant will be, but the expectation is that it will be much worse than before. ... [read more]

Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 2:44 PM

Found at last: The missing blink | Marcel Strigberger

As lawyers, do we ever experience trouble or suffer problems? Unlikely. But how about making a new year resolution to prevent trouble or unnecessary problems? ... [read more]

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 2:13 PM

Cancelling Winter Olympics will not help Peng Shuai | Richard Pound

Peng Shuai is one of the best female tennis players ever produced in China. She has won two Grand Slam double tournaments during her career. She has been highly ranked for several years and is immensely popular with Chinese audiences. She is a three-time Olympian. ... [read more]