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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

Wellness: Three ways to deal with closing of pro bono centres | Darryl Singer

Editor’s Note: After this column was published there have been new developments concerning donations to help keep the Law Help Ontario centres open. ... [read more]

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

The good Samaritan meets Seinfeld | Marcel Strigberger

The Canadian Judicial Council  (CJC) has ruled on the matter of Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith. Justice Smith’s offence was taking over, for no remuneration, as interim dean of Lakehead University’s fledgling law school, which has a focus on Indigenous law, after its dean Angelique EagleWoman resigned. Some folks complained about the judge’s involvement suggesting misconduct, even though Justice Smith sought and received the OK from his superior judge, Chief Justice Heather Smith (no relation) and the minister of Justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

How law firms can audit their social media | Kim McLaughlin

The trick to knowing if your social media is working, or any marketing tactic for that matter, is knowing your objective. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

The civility of judges and the rule of law | Alexander Gay

The legal profession does not evolve in isolation. There is growing preoccupation across common law jurisdictions with the civility of judges. This is evidenced by the recent speech of Chief Justice Wagner who very recently expressed concern with the erosion in civility on the bench. The same concerns are being echoed as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 1:06 PM

Corporations as invisible friends | Harry Glasbeek

The corporate world is a site of legally created irresponsibility. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

Supreme Court examines privacy rights for people in poverty | Michèle Biss

In the next few months, the highest level of court in Canada will decide whether the right to privacy and freedom from state intrusion applies to millions of the most marginalized individuals in the country. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Quebec’s immigration economic stream | Colin Singer

On April 6, 2016, Quebec’s government tabled new legislation: the Quebec Immigration Act. On July 18, 2018, it tabled new regulations: the Quebec Immigration Regulation, providing for a significant overhaul of its immigration programs, which are both now in force. In our last article, we covered the selection rules for business applicants in the Entrepreneur Program. Here are the selection rules for the other two programs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Take off blinkers and ban exploitive horse drawn carriages | Victoria Shroff

Riding in horse drawn carriages used to be common 100-plus years ago in Canada. Times change. Knowledge grows. Using horses to pull carriages is seriously antiquated and should be relegated to the past. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Adding capacity assessment to sexual assault bill creates uncertainty | Pierre Dalphond

Bill C-51 pursues four distinct objectives; the first one is summarized as follows by the Department of Justice: Clarify certain aspects of sexual assault law relating to consent, admissibility of evidence and legal representation for the complainant. The other objectives being widely accepted, I will focus on the first. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

Access to Justice: Highs and lows of Pro Bono Week | Thomas Cromwell

The last week of October is Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic in our profession. Across Canada and around the world, thousands of legal professionals provide their services without cost for the public good. In Canada, where there is a wide and growing gap between the need for legal services and people’s ability to gain access to them, pro bono is a part of the effort necessary to fill that gap. ... [read more]