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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10:24 AM

Lawyer librarian symbiosis | Ciara Ward

“What would you be without us?” “What have you done for us lately?” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

An Asian lawyer’s experience of racism | Daniel Song

The first thing my father did when he immigrated to Canada was write down all the four-letter curse words he knew in English so he wouldn’t smile back with a stupid grin when a white person was treating him poorly. In some ways, racism was easier to spot back then. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Importance of Philip’s foibles | Marcel Strigberger

A few words about Prince Philip. He displayed a number of exceptional characteristics worth highlighting. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:18 AM

Bill 245 denies access to justice in land use cases | Rizwan Khan and Burgandy Dunn

The ability of the Ontario public to have their voices heard in decisions that affect their community is a fundamental feature of democratic societies. The province’s latest omnibus Bill, 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, threatens this right in the environmental and land use decision-making process. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

The veil has lifted | Veena Kumar

I am a current 1L at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and while I could wax poetic about attending law school via Zoom in the middle of a pandemic, this specific piece is not about those trials and tribulations. Instead, this pertains to a culmination of events which compelled me to write the poem titled The Veil Has Lifted. Last year, the BLM movement began to stir up long held beliefs and feelings that had been brushed aside or buried. Still, I did not find I had enough clarity to give the inner turmoil a voice. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 2:46 PM

Who was that masked man? The loan arranger | Marcel Strigberger

Shhhh. I’m returning a library book. It’s slightly overdue. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 9:48 AM

How wide is your community? | Wes Thiessen

The physical distance and living arrangements with others in any culture can be characterized on a continuum, with the two opposing ends labeled as “Communitarian” and “Individualist.” If you deal with clients who come from another culture, being aware of this mode of culture can be useful in better understanding your clients. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:55 AM

Ford blunders might stop Highway 413 | David Israelson

Rather than investing in things like long-term care or sick leave for essential workers, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is now pushing to wreck the province’s precious greenspace with a new pollution-spewing highway that could cost as much as $10 billion. Let’s hope he proves as incompetent at this as he has been in managing COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Boundaries of power: Courts’ critical role in 21st century federalism | Bo Kruk

Politics is complex. A brief glimpse at recent news conferences is sufficient to recognize how frequently resolution of an issue is left at the feet of the federal government. Back in January, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney held a news conference calling on the federal government to impose trade sanctions on the U.S. if an agreement could not be reached about the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. More recently, through the Council of the Federation, the provincial governments have called upon the federal government to increase federal spending on the Canada Health Transfer. ... [read more]