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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Ontario exotic dancers deserve right to twerk | Sean O’Donnell

Work Safe Twerk Safe (WSTS) is a Toronto-based, peer-to-peer advocacy group that represents the interests of strippers throughout Ontario and strives to protect the dignity, safety, livelihood and autonomy of strippers in the province. On Oct. 26, 2020, WSTS brought an application for judicial review in response to Ontario’s decision to enact legislation closing strip clubs in September and October due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Consider intersectional approach to your recruitment experience | Naomi Sayers

Often the legal industry talks about how progressive their own law practice is without critical examination into how their own recruitment experience closes the doors onto so many. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Tech workers impacted by U.S. H-1B visa clampdown look to Canada | Colin Singer

Industry watchers say technology firms in Canada are the likely beneficiaries of U.S. President Donald Trump’s clampdown on the H-1B visa widely used by Silicon Valley companies to bring in highly skilled immigrants. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Plague it again, Sam | Marcel Strigberger

Court is in session? Who knows? Given these uncertain times, our judicial system is constantly changing course, attempting to adapt to the pandemic. Courts are open, courts are closed. No to jury trial, maybe yes to ongoing jury trials, at the judge’s discretion. Maybe OK in an orange zone. Are tangerine zones next? Live hearings, virtual hearings. Is this pattern novel? ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 2:12 PM

What Narcos doesn’t tell you about those who bite the bullet | Adriana Ortiz

Silver or lead? This was the choice that was given in Medellin, Colombia. You, as a government official, would be forced to choose between money or being shot. On occasion, your life was spared only to watch your loved ones being shot one by one. What the Netflix series Narcos, fails to depict are the many government officials, lawyers, judges and journalists who lost their lives or those of their loved ones in the attempt to uphold the rule of law. Many of these great men and women believed in making Colombia a better place and faithfully carried out the duties of their roles. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Will divorce lawyers be replaced with licensed paralegals? | Steve Benmor Paralegal

When the province of Ontario and the Law Society of Ontario appointed former Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo on Feb. 9, 2016, to study the challenges faced by separating spouses who required family law help, she found that 57 per cent of Ontarians could not afford lawyers and therefore had no legal representation in family court. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:38 AM

Access to justice and clinical legal education | Cate White

Last week, as I was tutoring a first-year law student for her upcoming contracts midterm, she asked me why anyone would want to go into a legal practice that involves contracts after spending first year befuddled by the abstracted concepts of offer, acceptance, consideration, warranty, parole evidence, etc. I had to break it to her that in most practice areas of law she would likely bump into some of these contract principles. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Bill 218: The death of memory | Marvin Zuker

It was on or about May 20 that the Canadian Armed Forces submitted what has to be described as a whistleblower report to the federal government as to the conditions of the long-term care homes in Ontario. In part, this report detailed cases where residents had not been fed or bathed and many were literally crying out for help. Cockroach infestation, terrible hygiene, residents being force-fed, people being left in their own feces for hours and days. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Why Indigenous treaty rights on fishing, trade require federal protection | Angelique EagleWoman

As both Canada and the United States share a similar history in formation as the offspring of father England, they also share the obligation to uphold treaties with Indigenous nations. In the United States, the treaty rights of Indigenous peoples have been upheld in early U.S. Supreme Court cases. ... [read more]