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Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

First, let’s love all the lawyers | Marcel Strigberger

Our profession is a noble one. But unfortunately, lay people often view us negatively, as sharks, shysters and ambulance chasers.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

SNC-Lavalin affair: Jobs over democracy | Julius Melnitzer

The “public interest,” it turns out, can be a real threat to democracy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 3:04 PM

Teacher spy pen case: When do victims’ voices count? | Karen Bellehumeur

Ryan Jarvis, the high school teacher who secretly used a spy pen to record the breasts and cleavages of female students at school, was sentenced to six months in jail last week. It was a heavy penalty and was meant to send a strong message about the exploitative use of digital technology to violate individuals’ sexual integrity. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

Terror in the courts | Lawrence David

The concept of “terror” is not one commonly associated with civil litigation. “Terror” and “terrorism” instead overwhelmingly arise in the context of national security prosecutions, refugee status determinations and the listing of terrorist entities under Part II.1 of the Criminal Code. Still, many civil litigators are or may quickly become familiar with another form of “terror in the courts” — namely, the in terrorem doctrine. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 1:13 PM

Do law firms need big digital marketing programs? | Kim McLaughlin

If I had a dollar for every lawyer who said, “Kim, I don’t need a big digital marketing program,” I would own an island. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Why I’m calling for complete repeal of statement of principles | Sam Goldstein

People have asked me why I did not support the compromise motion at the June 27 meeting of Convocation that would have made the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial requirement that all licensees adopt a statement of principles (SOP) endorsing the society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives voluntary. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Legal aid ping pong harms vulnerable refugee claimants | Stephen Kaduuli

In its spring budget, the Ontario government cut Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding by $133 million and said it will no longer provide provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. LAO is mandated to promote access to justice for refugee claimants among other vulnerable Ontarians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Retirement from SCC should not be a life sentence | Kyla Lee

Since the Trudeau ethics report was released last week, a small commotion has erupted in the legal community. The commotion centres around whether retired Supreme Court of Canada judges should be permitted to return to private practice and whether in doing so they can be weaponized against one another. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

For the PM, ‘sorry’ is the hardest word | Heather MacIvor

On Aug. 14 the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, released his report (Trudeau II Report) on the Trudeau government’s efforts to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin (SNC). Dion concluded that the prime minister violated s. 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act (the Act) when he and his staff pressed former Attorney General (AG) Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and offer SNC a remediation agreement (Ethics commissioner finds PM improperly sought to influence AG re SNC-Lavalin prosecution). ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Helping prisoners’ kids avoid jail | Derek Reid and Jessica Reid

Every year over 300,000 children in Canada are separated from their parent because of their involvement with the criminal justice system. ... [read more]