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Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

The case for consultation on gender-neutral robing rooms | Anita Szigeti

I have been a member of the Ontario bar since 1992. In those years I have argued hundreds of cases in the Court of Appeal and in our superior courts. On a monthly, if not weekly basis, I have taken respite from being exposed to the dominant male culture of the legal profession, in the “Lady Barristers’” Room at Osgoode. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 12:13 PM

Canada’s ranking on Amal Clooney’s TrialWatch | Sarah Molyneaux

Powerhouse human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and movie star husband George announced their launch of TrialWatch to fanfare in late April. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

New court building catalyst for improved access to justice | Sam Goldstein

In a recent column, I wrote that access to justice is about ensuring that low-income earners can get legal advice. It’s an important policy objective because it shouldn’t be only the rich who can afford to hire lawyers to advance their own economic interests. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

The case for gender-neutral robing rooms | Angela Chaisson

The first time I attended Osgoode Hall as an articling student, I laughed at the “Lady Barristers” sign in the hallway, which pointed towards the women’s robing room. “That’s so odd,” I thought. “Aren’t they all just … barristers? Are we in the 1950s?” Flash forward to one of my first big Superior Court of Justice trials in my first year of call. The question “Are we in 1950s?” again flashed through my brain. I thought it every day after court, when my male co-counsels would go into the men’s robing room and reappear with decisions on the next day’s strategy, made entirely without me. I was being shut out of my own case, and I was angry. ... [read more]

Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

LSO election bodes well for paralegals | Ian Wilkinson

Much was said of the StopSOP slate of Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers that were elected, both before and after the election. They made a choice to stand up for their principles and regardless of your position on the SOP (Statement of Principles) or any other issue, that deserves respect. Despite any election Internet baiting, the entire slate acted in a measured and rational manner and responded with equanimity. Agree with them or not, they believe that their opposition to the SOP was a rationalist one. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Wellness: Treatment of Le Dain, Gascon show how far we’ve come | Darryl Singer

Last year at this time I was humbled to be part of a wellness panel at an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Advocates’ Society. Also on the panel was the daughter of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gerald Le Dain. She spoke eloquently of her father’s lifelong battle with depression and the fact that his mental illness forced Le Dain prematurely from the bench in 1988 (he had only been appointed in 1984). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

The power of law | Jennifer Taylor

A story about free tampons can say a lot about what a legal system values. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

The peril of family asset transfers | Dale Barrett

Most people don’t think twice before transferring assets between family members. Why would they? People deposit money into each other’s accounts. They put each other’s names on their properties in order to get mortgages. They sell assets to one another for one dollar. They move closely held company shares back and forth. And they inadvertently create massive tax problems for themselves, some of which are impossible to fix. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

Justice system still not protecting Indigenous women and girls | Pamela Palmater

“Her life mattered. She was valued. She was important. She was loved.” — R. v. Barton, [2019] SCC 33. Cindy Gladue was an Indigenous woman originally from Alberta, where she grew up with her four siblings and extended family. She was also the mother to three daughters and her family described her as both a loving mother and caring aunty. She had close friends and always dreamed about being the first in her family to go to university. Cindy Gladue loved and was loved. She did not deserve her violent death in 2011 or the indignity done to her body after. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

Garbage wars: May the trash be with you | Marcel Strigberger

Is Canada going to war soon? Rubbish. That’s what it’s all about. About five years ago Canada shipped over 100 containers that allegedly contained plastic recyclables to the Philippines. After these “goods” arrived, inspectors found that more than half of the bins actually contained waste including household garbage and soiled adult diapers. ... [read more]