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Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 9:05 AM

Floyd shines light on systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people | Angelique EagleWoman

The United States is engulfed in protests because yet another police officer, aided by other officers, has used unlawful lethal force to kill a black man. This time it happened in Minneapolis, but unfortunately it is all too common in North America for black men to be killed by law enforcement. Black lives matter. In the Western Hemisphere, the Atlantic slave trade started as European colonizers decimated the populations of Native peoples. White plantation owners in the aftermath of genocidal policies against native peoples replaced the enslavement of native peoples with the enslavement of people kidnapped from Africa. On stolen native lands, black lives were not honoured or protected.  ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 8:49 AM

Access to justice and pixie dust: Civil resolution tribunals | Bo Kruk

COVID-19 has changed the manner in which we transact justice. The courts in Ontario have embraced new technology to allow more cases to proceed at an unprecedented rate. While we have searched for technological answers to our new world order, we need not look too far. British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) provides an effective online model that can — and should — be easily transplanted to any other jurisdiction. The CRT offers answers to our technological challenges. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

Some day your prints will come | Sam Goldstein

It is easier now than ever before for the police to arrest Miss Scarlett for killing Col. Mustard in the library thanks to two professors from the University of Idaho who believe they can determine when a fingerprint was left on an object’s surface, like a lead pipe. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

No going back: Technology and court process | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 shutdown of the court system was initially viewed as a temporary measure to address legitimate health concerns. Most lawyers expected a quick return to “normal” once the pandemic passed. Two things have now become quite apparent: the pandemic is not passing as quickly as we had hoped and, as importantly, there will be a new “normal.” Lawyers need to accept this and get onboard the technology train or they will be left behind. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

What virtual arbitrations can teach courts | Michael Lesage

Recently I concluded a million-dollar-plus commercial arbitration over Zoom for a corporate client. The matter was heard over two days, involved five witnesses and several thousand pages of documents. Had the same proceedings taken place in court, the hearing itself would have been at minimum three times as long. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 3:21 PM

Swiss court rules staff working at home eligible for rent help | Tara Vasdani

As a remote work advocate long before the pandemic, as well as the precautious legal voice consistently touting the necessity of remote work policies, I am very pleased to report that Switzerland’s top court has ruled that employers operating emergency COVID-19 remote workforces must contribute to a portion of their employees’ monthly rental payments, if and where employees are expected to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 2:27 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

How COVID-19 pandemic has put strain on marriages | Nandishi Bekah

They say that people come together in times of crisis. That does not seem to be the case for married and cohabiting couples. Why has this pandemic had such a rippling and crippling effect on couples? ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

The 10 most valuable lessons I’ve learned in last 10 years | Maneesha Gupta

My active role in the Canadian legal community finds me wearing many hats: a mentor, career coach, confidante and friend. While accumulating experiences along my professional journey, I have often leaned into some crucial learnings. These lessons have helped me to create positive work dynamics as a lawyer and support women in the profession. Let’s dive into my decade of the best lessons. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 9:13 AM

What Dr. Strangelove and I have in common | Joan Rataic-Lang

Just as Dr. Strangelove learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb, I have a new love, too. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 2:29 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 3:10 PM

COVID-19 adds indefinite waiting period to delays in justice system | Jordana Goldlist

Currently there exists no avenue to challenge the Crown’s evidence and argue that a person charged with a criminal offence is “not guilty.” For that, the courts are closed. ... [read more]