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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]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

How to allocate limited criminal justice funds | Adriana Ortiz

As a criminal defence lawyer who has practised law both in Canada and abroad, I can tell you that the criminal justice system is generally not the way to resolve social ills. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 12:34 PM

Self-represented or unrepresented? | Pamela Cross

There is a lot of talk these days about people who make their way through what are often complex legal situations without the assistance of a lawyer. Almost universally, they are referred to as self-represented litigants (SLRs). I want to challenge the lumping of all people without lawyers under this same heading. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

Ford’s costume drama | Marcel Strigberger

This is as good a time as any to talk about strip clubs and Halloween.  ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

Elder abuse, nursing home negligence goes back decades | Jana Schilder

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting residents in nursing homes particularly hard. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent in the military in April to help out in nursing homes amid accusations of abuse, neglect and cruelty. The Oct. 23 episode of CBC’s investigative show Marketplace found that 85 per cent of Ontario nursing homes break the law repeatedly with almost no consequences. ... [read more]