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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 3:05 PM

Changes to Family Law Rules a start, but more needed | Tammy Law

On Sept. 1, significant changes to Ontario’s Family Law Rules came into force. Among those changes were long-awaited refinements to rules relating to the use of expert evidence in trials and motions, including mandatory disclosure of documents to accompany a report, restrictions on testimony and modified rules for participant experts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

First Nations and the business of cannabis | Pamela Palmater

Justin Trudeau’s 2015 election platform promise to immediately legalize marijuana if elected spurred a frenzy of activity behind the scenes. There were police officers, politicians and other former leaders, previously against the sale of the drug, making plans for their own cannabis boutiques. The very same people that had previously outlawed, arrested and jailed people for growing, possessing and/or selling cannabis would now have the unfair insider advantage about where to sell and to whom. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

Without a warrant: Police use popular family tree genealogy sites to solve murder cases | Laurelly Dale

Collect evidence now, ask questions later. That is the approach of police and FBI in the U.S. using GEDmatch, a DNA data collection site that combines results from the popular 23andMe and Ancestry sites. The site was praised for helping solve the mystery of the Golden State serial killer. Before any courts can weigh in, the police have used GEDmatch in 60 cold cases. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Wellness: The ‘post-racist’ delusion | Darryl Singer

On Sept. 11, Law Society of Ontario benchers voted to repeal the Statement of Principles (SOP). This follows the bencher election several months ago which galvanized the StopSOP contingent and allowed them to elect enough benchers to ensure that the SOP would be destroyed. They were singularly focused on what they deemed as an unnecessary intrusion on their freedom of speech (it wasn’t) and their freedom of thought (also, no). ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Law society does not have ‘Label Town’ address | Ian Wilkinson

What a strange sensation creeping over me. I remember a fleeting feeling something like it when I heard family law was going to be put in scope for paralegals. It came back again when, excluding myself, the Stop the Statement of Principles (StopSOP) slate was elected. I felt it again when I watched Convocation approve criminal scope for paralegals and rescind the Statement of Principles (SOP). Could it be? No? Is this what it feels like to be proud to be part of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO)? Well that’s new, at least for me. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada: Recent trends | Lawrence David

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) gives Canadians many reasons to be proud of its important work. For one, Canadians can boast about their Supreme Court being the only bilingual and bijuridical apex judicial institution in the world. Appeals are heard in English and French and, reflecting Canada’s legal diversity, from both the common law and civil law traditions. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Access to Justice: New fund aiming at solutions | Beverley McLachlin

On Sept. 10, 2019, the Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund was launched. The fund’s aim is to provide financing for innovative approaches to improving access to civil and family justice. Through an application process the Fund will allow individuals and organizations to explore, test, measure and grow good ideas that advance our progress. We will begin receiving applications next year, with a transparent and publicly available application process. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

Recognizing stellar litigation work of the Chief | Sam Goldstein

Sept. 18 marks the 124th birthday of Canada’s 13th prime minister, John Diefenbaker. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Yikes, my kid is going to law school | Marcel Strigberger

So, your kid is about to follow your footsteps and pursue a legal career? What are your trepidations? ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 1:45 PM

The Coach: Winning the talent war | Gary Mitchell

Winning the talent war can serve your firm on two main fronts. One is being able to attract new talent at all levels. Two is being able to attract high level lateral partner talent with a robust book (750K-plus) of business. That is a great growth strategy. Bring a couple of those partners on each year and watch revenues grow. ... [read more]