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Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for large firms, part one | Gary Mitchell

The past two months I have written about succession planning for smaller firms. This two-part series is about succession planning for larger firms. ... [read more]

Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

Jury problems solved: Reductio ad absurdum | Marcel Strigberger

I’ll bet you think this is a good time for a quote from Charles Dickens. Here it is. The opening lines from A Tale of Two Cities speak volumes today. ... [read more]

Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 8:31 AM

Wellness: The good, the bad and the ugly of Zoom | Darryl Singer

I absolutely love our profession’s adaptation to Zoom in the last 10 months. While I remain, after all these years, passionate about being a litigator and enjoy nothing more than a day in court, discovery or mediation, the travel was really starting to get to me. I live in Thornhill, Ont., which for those outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is a suburb just north of Toronto proper, but about 30 kilometres from downtown, which in Toronto traffic is anywhere from one to two hours in rush hour. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Corrections Canada building goat farm for the prisoners it’s torturing | Jeffrey Hartman

It was 3 a.m. I was awake. Sometimes I get up in the night, sometimes I don’t. But this night, at 3 a.m., I read an article. I must have fallen back asleep because I woke up in the morning and went about my day of fighting with the Department of Justice. At some point I recalled a dream. Like many people I occasionally dream about my work. This dream, though, there was something different about it. Well it turns out it wasn’t a dream: The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is building a goat farm at Joyceville. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Lawyers and the OBA: Come blow your horn | Gary Joseph

In the midst of this pandemic, public confidence in government and various institutions has been strained (to put it mildly). At every turn it seems that our political leaders are failing us. The federal government’s vaccine response reminds me of the Keystone Cops skits of old. The operation of “Cottage Parliament” by our prime minister strikes many as an affront to democracy. Our provincial government’s shutdown policies are inconsistent and hard to understand. In all of this, certain segments of our society have bucked the trend and performed wonderfully. High on my list is the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Full disclosure: I am a member but have absolutely no involvement in management of the OBA. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Homegrown terrorism in Canadian courts | John L. Hill

Everyone is familiar with the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. A multitude of arrests ensued with American media speculating that insurrectionists could be facing penitentiary terms of up to 20 years. Yet in Canada, the frequency and magnitude of homegrown terrorism is thought of as a thing of the past — when the FLQ crisis in the early 1970s was a national concern. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 8:32 AM

Helping your mediator help you | Stuart Rudner

“Convince me.” When I am your mediator, that is your job. The easier you make it for me to understand your case, the easier it will be for me to put your case forward in the other room. As I often say, at mediation, you want to “help your mediator to help you.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

The opioid crisis: Assessing Canada’s hidden epidemic | Serena Eshaghurshan

In my previous article, I discussed various socioeconomic disadvantages that serve as systemic barriers to equitable access to justice outcomes. Marginalized and vulnerable segments of our population are disproportionately affected by adversity and hardship, both internal and external to the legal system. However, such disparity is not wholly limited to the justice system. In this article, I will discuss the effect of such disparities in the context of Canada’s opioid crisis. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 3:05 PM

Born free and equal: Conversion therapy in Canada | Marvin Zuker

Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), was introduced in the House of Commons on Oct. 1, 2020. It amends the Criminal Code to prohibit anyone from advertising services related to conversion therapy, forcing persons or causing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy, removing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad, and receiving a material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 12:41 PM

Religious conscience, tall poppy syndrome | Barry W. Bussey

Isolated indoors during a bleak, pandemic winter, it may be hard to imagine the beauty of a spring flowerbed. But conjure up, if you will, a lush garden in full bloom. One conspicuous poppy grows above the rest, vibrant and colourful. Do you admire its uniqueness? Or reach for the pruning shears to snip it down to size? ... [read more]