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Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

Time to decriminalize all drugs | Adriana Ortiz

The pandemic has been hard for many people without a doubt. However, it has had a disproportionate impact on certain communities. As many reports have shown, those from racialized communities, through job losses and pay cuts, have faced financial instability and are more likely to contract COVID-19. As the pandemic tore through our country, many of our most vulnerable communities have been affected by mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance use. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 9:16 AM

Why International Women’s Day still matters | Pamela Cross

In 1908, women marched through the streets of New York City calling for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Three years later saw the first official International Women’s Day, with more than one million women and men rallying in several European countries to call for women’s rights. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Stopping anti-vaccination debate in the courts | Gary Joseph

Lawyer David Frenkel recently published his views on this topic in The Lawyer’s Daily. Mr. Frenkel argued that the justice system should not have given a platform in recent court proceedings for a mother to argue against the vaccination of her children with her estranged husband. I vigorously disagree with this view. First let me declare my bias. I was appeal counsel in the case Mr. Frenkel refers to: A.P. v L.K. 2021 ONSC 150. Let me also identify that my personal views on vaccination play absolutely no part in the views I am about to express. Finally, while the case has been published, I will be vigilant in not disclosing any matters of solicitor client privilege or any confidential matters. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:13 PM

Introducing daylight losing time | Marcel Strigberger

Let the judge sleep on it. Daylight savings time is around the corner. DST bah! ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 11:35 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 3:40 PM

Moving away from animals as commodities, one pet at a time | Victoria Shroff

It would not occur to most people that their furry family member, their companion animal, their pet, could be seen as a consumer product, a good. However, another area of law where it has been starkly held that animals are property, involves animal breeders and purchasers of companion animals. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Vulnerability and daring: Hazing and St. Michael’s College School | Marvin Zuker

How many of our children have been emotionally disgraced, physically injured or even killed as a result of ridiculous acts just to govern acceptance? Is it time to regulate? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Humble but unforgettable client | Ken Hill

A short elderly man (one of the few I have met who could aptly be described as roly-poly) entered my office, accompanied by a faint odour of mothballs. I couldn’t have known at the time that I was about to meet one of my all-time favourite clients. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 1:31 PM

COVID money as indemnified benefit ‘nonsensical’ | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

Due to growing unemployment, the federal government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in March 2020. CERB provided $500 per week to eligible Canadians who were “directly affected by COVID-19” and was available from March 15, 2020, to Oct. 3, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Black history month: Going beyond statements of support | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s Black History Month campaign, #StandingOnTheShouldersOfGiants, celebrated the Black lawyers who paved pathways — those tireless champions who have for decades fought the never-ending and often lonely fight for equality and inclusion in the profession. It is on their shoulders I stand as the first Black president of the OBA. I thank them and I am proud to say that their legacy is reflected in the work and the diversity of our members.    ... [read more]