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Friday, August 05, 2022 @ 11:58 AM

Court jurisdiction and political parties: Beware of zombies | Heather MacIvor

In early July, Brampton, Ont., Mayor Patrick Brown was disqualified as a candidate to lead the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) for alleged violations of the Canada Elections Act (CEA) and the party’s internal rules. Brown is now seeking re-election in Brampton but has said that he is “still pursuing legal options” against the CPC. Do those “legal options” include judicial review, damages or injunctive relief? ... [read more]

Friday, August 05, 2022 @ 11:37 AM

Ten results of the great home-office blur | Gary Goodwin

Now that office and home blurred into this wondrous mix of continuous office work and housework, one wonders about the future. ... [read more]

Friday, August 05, 2022 @ 11:05 AM

Speaking of mental health | AJ Jakubowska

Mental health challenges are not a sign of weakness. No one would tell a woman with a complex fracture of a limb that she is weak and yet, for some reason, a lawyer experiencing anxiety will often suffer in private lest he or she be labelled as “less than.” ... [read more]

Thursday, August 04, 2022 @ 10:34 AM

Inclusion index another name for racial audit? | Sam Goldstein

At its June 28th Convocation, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) adopted a motion to conduct a race audit of the profession which the LSO euphemistically calls an “Inclusion Index” to rank Ontario’s law firms on how “inclusive” they are to cause them to hire more non-white male lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 04, 2022 @ 9:29 AM

Midnight in the garden of good and evil | Murray Gottheil

There is nothing funny about child abuse, so I hesitate to tell this story. But there is a point to it, so please bear with me. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 1:55 PM

Never ignore opportunity during recession | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: There seems to be nothing but bad news lately — from growing inflation to increasing interest rates! I’m worried about whether my practice can even weather a recession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 11:34 AM

Pitfalls of succumbing to temptation to check e-mail | Rob De Toni

With such easy access to our work e-mail, it’s really not that difficult to get lured in by the temptation to check them outside office hours, or (gasp!) even when we are on vacation. I am ashamed (err … human) to say that I was recently reminded of the pitfalls of succumbing to that temptation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 02, 2022 @ 10:42 AM

Boundary setting, mental health, lawyer wellness | Kyla Lee

It’s 3 a.m. As I write this, I have just finished checking my e-mail. ... [read more]

Friday, July 29, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

Corporations are people too | Marcel Strigberger

Fie on the company!  Fie on the company!  I am reflecting on what about the legal system bugs me. High on the list is the concept that a company is a person with its own independent status. I see no reason why there should be a corporate veil protecting a company’s owners from personal liability.   ... [read more]

Friday, July 29, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

The Pope maybe did one thing | Tony Stevenson

Honestly, I look at this text message from an Elder I had the pleasure of meeting in my travels, the late Josephine Worm. Ironically, I never met her before, but I was in the same residential school as her three daughters. She definitely was an intellect and very focused and determined to accomplish her goal of holding the federal government administrators to account for the harms she was exposed to during her tenure as a student. (I met her during an Elders’ meeting on the compensation process that became available in the year 2007.) ... [read more]