Areas of
Practice

Opinion

Latest

Wednesday, September 07, 2022 @ 12:31 PM

Myles Sanderson parole decisions | John L. Hill

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino, has assured us that there will be an investigation into the decision by the Parole Board of Canada to cancel the suspension of Myles Sanderson, an Indigenous inmate who, once released, went on the run and now stands accused of the deadly knife attacks at the James Smith Cree Nation that resulted in 10 homicides. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 06, 2022 @ 3:01 PM

Back to law school 2022: What law school misses | George Clements BTLS

From the moment we walk into our first law school class, students are advised to put their heads down and memorize hundreds of pages of case law. It can feel as though our ability to memorize and regurgitate case law on an exam will determine our futures. Students are not taught more nuanced skills critical to law practice in 2022, such as empathy, time management, business development and practice management. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 06, 2022 @ 11:44 AM

Back to law school 2022: God save the Queen? | Heidi J.T. Exner Back to school

On May 27 of this year, the Sex Pistols released a new music video for their song “God Save the Queen,” to celebrate this year’s Platinum Jubilee. The revamp combines 1977 footage from original-release performances with, according to one report, “exclusive footage of some of the earliest, most important and influential women fans of the band including Vivienne, Jordan, Debbie and Tracey, Catwoman, Helen of Troy,” and others. If you are like me, your feminist and punk rock heart would have been overjoyed when this new release dropped. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 06, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

Back to law school 2022: Food for thought | Darryl Singer Law students sitting at desks

For law students, and for all students across Canada, this week marks the return to school. For many, this will be the first full in-person year since 2019. For others, it marks the first year of law school, which although a continuation of schooling after four years of post-secondary, is nonetheless a whole new experience. But more on that in a moment. ... [read more]

Friday, September 02, 2022 @ 2:33 PM

Back to law school 2022: Getting clients to pamper you | Marcel Strigberger Back to school

Clients. If you have a practice, they’re helpful. However, how does one land them? ... [read more]

Friday, September 02, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

Back to law school 2022: Law students’ financial burden | Monica Santos and Cayley Kavanagh Law students in class

As we approach the 2022-2023 school year, the Law Students’ Society of Ontario (LSSO) is building a strategy to address the known and anticipated challenges that law students will face. ... [read more]

Friday, September 02, 2022 @ 9:32 AM

Ride sharing with autonomous vehicles: Reshaping North America | Brian Baetz and Zhen Gao

As the 1950s rolled out, North America became obsessed with the private automobile. Garages and driveways defined the suburban landscape, congested arterial roads and highways spawned traffic reports on local news, and parking lots surrounding workplaces and shopping centres became part of our collective experience. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

B.C.’s informal court process pilot a flawed approach | Kim Hawkins and Pamela Cross

B.C.’s provincial government has recently announced a new family law informal court pilot in Kamloops. Parties can consent to participate in an informal process where the trial judge takes a facilitative role and manages the conduct of the case. Lawyers are permitted to attend but not to ask questions (except of expert witnesses). The rules of evidence are not followed. Objections are not allowed. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 @ 10:59 AM

International students: Canada needs a nuanced approach | Ravi Jain

Back in May, I wrote a column for The Lawyer’s Daily about the importance of speeding up all types of immigration and citizenship applications. At the time, there was a two million application backlog and I noted that a dysfunctional immigration system prevents us as nation from meeting our humanitarian objectives, our family reunification goals. It also endangers our competitiveness as we need skilled workers for our nation’s economic well-being given that our population has already aged and because unemployment is so low. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 @ 10:37 AM

Tourist vs. immigrant: A change in perspective | Alexandar Pavlov

Shelter workers in Ontario have a unique job. I never dreamed, as a lawyer in Bulgaria, that my occupation would someday lead me to the shelters and to the social institutions in this province, providing support for vulnerable people. Life, however, has given me this opportunity. ... [read more]