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Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

The Coach: From solo to firm: Part one | Gary Mitchell

So, you want to grow up eh? Going from solo practice to building a firm is no easy feat. First, let me congratulate you from one entrepreneur to another. It takes guts, stamina, persistence, determination and a lot of hard work. What I intend to do in this two-part series is lay out what I believe are the key elements of growing from solo practice into a firm. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 12:14 PM

Why Ghomeshi amendment likely headed for Supreme Court | Sam Goldstein

There are many ways to skin a cat. That’s the lesson R. v. W.M. 2019 ONSC 6535 teaches us. At issue was the Liberal criminal law reform that requires the defence in sexual assault trials to hand over to the Crown any complainant communications in its possession and give the complainant an automatic right to take part in an admissibility hearing into those communications.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

New Year’s resolutions for criminal justice in Canada | Kyla Lee

With mandate letters going out to ministers in mid-December, it got me thinking about what 2020 would bring for our criminal justice system. If a mandate is like a direction to ministers, could it be considered like a New Year’s resolution? ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Justice at heart of Christmas story | Derek Ross

At its core, the Christmas story is about justice. It’s a reminder that even when our world seems hopeless and dark, there is a boundless love that can overcome all that is wrong and unjust. For a profession committed to promoting justice, remedying wrongs and mending brokenness, there is much in the Christmas story that can resonate with all lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 1:32 PM

My letter to Santa Claws | Victoria Shroff

Dear Animal Santy or equivalent for St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Solstice, Yalda, Christmas, Omisoka: ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

Reflections on reflecting: In the best light | Ian G. Wilkinson

I didn’t like Christmas with the rampant distortion of its message by the blatant commercialism. Over time, however, I learned to see past that and focus on what I thought was the best interpretation of the event: that we should be thinking of and seeing each other in the best of lights — not the worst. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 8:01 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you recall in our previous column, we looked at conducting audits to measure where you are in certain areas. In part two of this installment we are going to take a look at what you can do with that information to become more profitable. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Standard of review post-Dunsmuir: Reasonable or incorrect? | Heather MacIvor

In spring 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada signalled a seismic change in its jurisprudence on administrative law. It granted leave to hear three appeals — two of which were later merged into one — and invited submissions on the standard of review. The appeals were heard in December 2018, and the decisions finally issued on Dec. 19, 2019, (Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65, and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66). ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 12:50 PM

Election commissioners need more power, independence | Stéphanie Plante

Of all the headlines coming out of Alberta these days, the firing of election commissioner Lorne Gibson may not be the most gripping but for anyone involved in administrative, election or criminal law, this controversy, and its aftermath is a good refresher as to the role of an election commissioner, why Canada has a patchwork of legislation surrounding commissioners and their duties and the powers they have under provincial and federal election laws. ... [read more]