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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Police reform no panacea for racism in Canada | Jeffrey Hartman

News media is awash these days with calls for police reform in response to the killing of black men. These killings, of course, are not new phenomena but the extent of the backlash, while long present to a lesser degree, is. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Nothing good ever comes for free: Contact tracing apps and COVID-19 | Kay Wu

It goes without saying — the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed every aspect of society as we know it. Businesses, employers, markets and schools are struggling to adapt in light of social distancing measures. People have been forced to find new alternatives to carry out their daily operations amidst these unprecedented times. However, our modern methods for dealing with this age-old problem may pose certain privacy issues. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

The Coach: Managing growth: Communication and cash flow | Gary Mitchell

If you have been following this series, I’ve covered: When to hire, who to hire and getting your people in the right roles. This final column in the series will focus on communication and cash flow. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Divorce Act delays jeopardize women and children | Pamela Cross

Last month, I wrote a series of articles for The Lawyer’s Daily that explored the pros, cons and gaps in the revisions to the Divorce Act. The virtual ink on the pages of those articles had barely dried, however, when Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice David Lametti announced that implementation was being delayed until March 1, 2021, citing “extraordinary circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

Automatism decision should not be hall pass for misleading headlines | Andrew Puiras

In R. v. Sullivan 2020 ONCA 333, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently struck down s. 33.1 of the Criminal Code as unconstitutional. The case involved two men who either killed or injured relatives while in drug-induced psychotic states. The men could not rely on the defence of non-mental disorder automatism because s. 33.1 prohibits such a defence where the automatism is caused by self-induced intoxication. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 2:57 PM

Virtual law post-COVID-19: Will justice thrive in a Zoom future? | Philip Holdsworth

COVID-19 has shocked the judicial system into the digital age, forcing justice to be administered via digital platforms. Video hearings are only a part of this new era of virtual law and Zoom is just the first example of how our legal future will exist in the digital world. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

In defence of data dumps | Marcel Strigberger

The Ontario Court of Appeal, in a recent case, Welton v. United Lands Corporation Limited 2020 ONCA 322, has accused many trial judges of being too verbose, saying their reasons for decision often amount to “factual data dumps.” The court noted that the documents it must deal with often contain a “blizzard of words.”   ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 8:55 AM

Wellness: Five ways pandemic impacts mental health | Darryl Singer

Wow! Time flies when you can’t leave your house! I write monthly in this space, and I didn’t realize until I checked that this is the fourth column I’ve written during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first three had a positive slant. This one does not. Going into our fourth month of what is essentially a lockdown, we are starting to see some cracks appearing in the armour of our profession. Not as a whole, but individually. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Dangers of labelling incels as terrorists | Angela Chaisson and Nicole Dinn

On Feb. 24, 2020, Ashley Noell Arzaga, a sex worker in a Toronto massage parlour, was violently murdered with a machete. Another woman and a man were also injured in the attack. A 17-year-old male allegedly motivated by “incel” ideology has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder as terrorist activities. This is the first time in Canada, and indeed the world, that misogynist violence has been legally constructed as terrorism. ... [read more]