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Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 2:16 PM

Laurentian University: Why university governance structures fail | Agnès Whitfield

The Ontario auditor general’s Preliminary Perspective on Laurentian University, released on April 14, 2022, raises important questions about the public accountability of Ontario universities, the role of university governance structures in financial oversight, and ethical standards for legal counsel with respect to public-sector institutions. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 11:59 AM

Three names in two years: A law student perspective | Oksana Romanov

I have lived through three name changes in less than two years. In the fall of 2019, I started a newly offered juris doctor degree at the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. Last year, our inaugural cohort celebrated the Ryerson Faculty of Law’s renaming into the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. To no one’s surprise, our law school, being brand new, has experienced exponential growth and undergone some fantastic transformations; a name change is one of them. As a student body with diverse backgrounds and from all walks of life, we proudly continue the Honourable Lincoln Alexander’s legacy, who was a trailblazer and champion for racial equality and inclusive education. We are now proudly the Lincoln Alexander School of Law! ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

Gender discrimination in prison | John L. Hill

For ages, Canada’s federal penitentiaries have been designated as male and female institutions. If an offender is male, he would expect placement in a penitentiary for men such as Millhaven, Warkworth or Collins Bay. Similarly, female prisoners could count on placement in a female prison such as Grand Valley Institution for Women. But times and, more importantly, attitudes are changing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 11:43 AM

Focusing on children in post-separation parenting | Nicholas Bala and Rachel Birnbaum

A new legislative scheme for the making of post-separation parenting plans (Bill C-78) has been in effect for just over a year, and in recent columns in The Lawyers Daily there are calls for more reforms. While there is some validity to the concerns raised about the present family justice process, the proposals will not properly address the underlying problems and fail to take account of the perspectives of children. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 1:52 PM

Appellate math | Gabriel Latner

Commercial litigants should almost always appeal adverse decisions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 1:47 PM

British Columbia’s Bill 17: Your rights are miscellaneous | Laura Cheevers

On March 28, 2022, Bill 17: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act was tabled for its first reading at the British Columbia legislature. Although tabled quietly by Attorney General David Eby, its contents and what it proposes to do have caused quite the stir in the legal community — and for good reason. ... [read more]

Monday, April 25, 2022 @ 9:02 AM

Nightmare on law street | Mark Borkowski

I caught up with an old friend the other day. When I met Murray Gottheil years ago, he was your typical law firm partner. He chased billable hours. He brought in clients. At one point he was the managing partner of his medium-sized firm. After 40 years the stress got to him and he got out. He retired, moved to the country and bought a pickup truck. ... [read more]

Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 2:29 PM

Cheese theft growing problem, any way you slice it | Marcel Strigberger

Who stole the cheese? I’m talking about the great cheese heist. That’s what some thieves pulled off at a cheese farm in South Holland making off, big time, with 161, 10-kilogram wheels of cheese. The street value of the cheese is about $23,000. The Laughing Cow isn’t laughing. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

Zooming to pre-pandemic court, uphill in both directions | Ken Hill

I have never liked being late for anything, so travelling to court appearances was at times particularly stressful. Stir in the vagaries of Canadian weather and there were some memorable odysseys. A recent news story about blowing snow causing carnage on a highway in Pennsylvania brought some chilling memories flooding back. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 10:58 AM

A servant indeed | Diane Sims

I have a servant in my back pocket but if it’s time she’ll come in handy. ... [read more]