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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:19 AM

Doug Ford and Steve Clark’s Ontario anti-housing policies | David Israelson

These days it seems that people across Canada of all political persuasions are looking for ways to make housing more affordable — except perhaps Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the people in his government. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

Ontario quick off mark with iGaming | Julius Melnitzer

By all accounts, Ontario got it right when it became the first province to open its Internet gaming market to the private sector on April 4. ... [read more]

Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 12:51 PM

Lunch and ‘recess’ are not for wimps | Rob De Toni

“Lunch is for wimps.” If you are into 1980s movies, you might recognize this line spoken by Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Do you feel the same? How many days out of the year do you skip lunch or just eat at your desk while working? ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 2:41 PM

Doing nothing? Nothing doing | Marcel Strigberger

This is a good a time as ever to talk about Shoji Morimoto. You all know Shoji Morimoto of course? And what he is up to this week? I thought so. Shoji is a 38-year-old man known in Japan as the “do-nothing guy.” People hire him for a session at $85 per just to have somebody, a non-judgmental stranger next to them. His clients include a divorcee who wanted company at a restaurant she used to frequent with her ex, and a man who boarded a train en route from Tokyo to Osaka who wanted someone to see him off at the station platform, and a guy who underwent a hemorrhoid consultation and just needed someone to be present and observe. I suppose this latter one was a well-earned $85. (And likely Morimoto earned more for it than a doctor in Ontario doing the examination). ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 1:32 PM

Express Entry first quarter: Dramatic fall as IRCC tackles backlog | Colin Singer

Canada saw an Express Entry first quarter like none seen before in 2022, issuing the lowest number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) ever seen with not a single one going to a federal program candidate. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 8:45 AM

Law students: Not a minimum wage unless it’s mandatory | Ocean Enbar and Jenny Zhou

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers are expected to vote on a mandatory minimum wage for April 28, 2022. This, however, is not the first time the issue is brought before Convocation for a vote. In 2018, Convocation approved a set of articling enhancements that included a mandatory minimum wage, following the Law Society of Ontario’s own thorough research and broad consultation within the profession. These enhancements were approved and set to be implemented by May 2021. Since 2018, students and employers have been anticipating and planning for the minimum wage to take effect. Now, despite Convocation’s prior approval, the enhancement’s implementation is uncertain. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 2:08 PM

Equal shared parenting has huge support | Gene C. Colman

Lawyers do have a huge influence on legislation. Witness the most recent Divorce Act reforms in effect since March 1, 2021. At the House of Commons committee hearings for Bill C-78, almost everyone was talking about “equal shared parenting” and why a presumption should not be enacted. Did the government’s proposal include such a presumption? No. But an overwhelming number of Canadians want just that — a rebuttable presumption in favour of equal shared parenting.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 10:28 AM

Consecutive or concurrent? | John L. Hill

The 2006 to 2011 years of the Harper Conservative government introduced Canada to social and economic conservatism. A major target for right-wing idealogues was the “get tough on crime” principles that became the brand for the new orthodoxy. One piece of legislation stands out as the hallmark for this agenda: consecutive sentences for multiple killings. That change came about in 2011. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 @ 11:55 AM

Where is my red carpet? | Neha Chugh

In March 2022, I was asked to speak at an Osgoode Hall Law School Criminal Law Society event, in conjunction with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s Recent Call committee. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 @ 9:16 AM

The coach: Law firm HR and the ‘Great Resignation’ | Gary Mitchell

HR is being turned upside down as one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. People were initially forced to work from home. And over the past two years, they have learned to embrace it. They want more time with their children. They are choosing to work less and live more. Have more quality of life. More work-life balance. People are retiring sooner. ... [read more]