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Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

Cases that will make a difference | Sam Goldstein

Here are my three most important legal cases that I think we will be seeing the political and legal ramifications from for years ahead. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Hi-Tech: Legal translation technology a matter of trust | Luigi Benetton

Companies that file documents with the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) often need to ensure they are in both of Canada’s official languages. Document translation is expensive. Can businesses avoid this expense? After all, it’s 2019. Free translation services abound online. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Professional regulation has never been so complicated, or important | Darrel Pink

In Canada, professional regulation ensures a public well served by competent and ethical practitioners. Regulators exist to protect the public interest. How that mandate is fulfilled by a regulator’s board of directors is the issue discussed in this column. ... [read more]

Monday, January 07, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

Wellness: Second thoughts about cannabis | Darryl Singer

Given the legalization of cannabis and my profile in speaking about addiction, I have been asked frequently in the last few months how I feel about marijuana. Of course, cannabis is typically not part of the discussion when talking about drug addiction. Indeed, many cannabis activists try to sell the line that it is not addictive, that it’s better than alcohol, even better than many prescription drugs. Quite frankly, until last month, I believed all of those things. ... [read more]

Friday, January 04, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Addressing systemic racism in legal profession | Angelique EagleWoman

In the legal profession, we are often concerned about access to justice and ensuring equal justice for all. For Indigenous peoples, a variety of past policies and attitudes impact what is experienced today in legal actions and processes. One of the challenges facing the legal profession today is understanding what is systemic racism and how to bring about positive change to realize true justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Website message signals serious access to justice problem | Rachel Goldenberg

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has recently posted a notice on its website advising that it is undergoing challenges which are affecting the HRTO’s ability to “meet its service standards.” Despite the HRTO’s mandate to provide timely resolution services, mediations and hearings are being booked months in advance, and mediations and hearings that were scheduled months ago are now being rescheduled to a later date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

System failing workers with chronic mental stress | Stuart Rudner

In theory, employees experiencing long-term trauma or harassment on the job have been entitled to workers’ compensation (WSIB) benefits for the past two years. In reality, the odds of an employee in such circumstances receiving benefits are minimal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:39 PM

Law society’s presumptive priorities | Sam Goldstein

Isn’t that precious. Our Ontario benchers voted that all articling positions must be paid. Why not? They already tell us what we ought to believe and how many of what sorts of people we ought to hire. Arrogating to themselves the jurisdiction to supervise our employee commercial arrangements is the logical next step in their desire to regulate the perfect world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

The Coach: Improve productivity, profitability through engagement | Gary Mitchell

Do you feel your employees are not fully engaged? What would your team look and act like if they were more engaged? How would this affect your clients? How would this impact and improve your bottom line? ... [read more]