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Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Court tech lessons from those who’ve been conducting remote trials for years | Naomi Sayers

Circuit courts are the norm in northern or rural regions across Canada. These courts travel to different regions where there is no local courthouse. I was first introduced to circuit courts when I lived and worked in Northern Alberta, working with Indigenous youth. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

Improving access to justice in defamation | Hilary Young

In a recent article in The Lawyer’s Daily, Bruce McDougall suggests that defamation litigation is a playground for the rich (“Sticks and Stones | Bruce McDougall,” May 11). McDougall is right, of course; civil litigation is largely beyond the reach of the non-rich. The more interesting question is what can be done about it. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

The Coach: Managing growth: New hires, right seats | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this series I covered when to hire and who to hire. In this column, I am going to focus on getting your people in the best roles and what to do when and if you are outgrowing your staff. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 8:42 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 9:39 AM

How COVID-19 helped Ontario’s court system | Michael Lesage

Prior to the emergence of COVID-19, the Ontario court system was barely functional. Intended to justly adjudicate matters in the most expeditious and least expensive manner, it had strayed badly off course. In the process, it had devolved into a nadir of bureaucratic rituals and pageantry that increasingly left it accessible only to big business and the most well off. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 10:06 AM

COVID-19 conundrums for incoming lawyers | Natalie Schryer

It goes without saying that the graduating class of 2020 definitely received a whole lot more than we bargained for. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

More power to the supervising judge | Janis Sarra

The Supreme Court of Canada, in its recently released judgment, 9354-9186 Québec inc. v. Callidus Capital Corp. 2020 SCC 10, has reinforced the deference that appellate courts should give to decisions of the supervising judge in proceedings pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 12:06 PM

Legal academic will write songs for food | Heidi J. T. Exner

A University of Calgary legal academic, associate professor Howie Kislowicz, has found a creative way to alleviate food insecurity during the pandemic. As his family made efforts to grocery shop less often, the larger stocks of food in his house led him to consider how difficult this time must be for those with limited resources. He said the thought of people in his community going hungry is hard for him bear. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 3:10 PM

COVID-19 and animal laws | Daniel Dylan

In 2015, the WHO published a list of emerging diseases (mostly derived from animals) that were deemed likely to cause epidemics. Although COVID-19 was not among them, what it and some of the other viruses included on that list have in common is that they often originate in public and private food markets in which live or recently slaughtered animals are purveyed. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 2:17 PM

Eagles’ eye view of self-representation in family court | Stéphanie Plante

As Mother’s Day 2020 came and went, I realized for the first time in three years that due to court closures I didn’t spend the weekend drafting, researching or working on my family law file. What is normally a precious day for mothers to be pampered and get breakfast in bed has been for the last three years a day for fretting about court forms, affidavit wording and searching case law. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Scariest book I’ve ever read | Sam Goldstein

Professor Ryan Alford’s new book Seven Absolute Rights is scarier than any book the horror novelist Stephen King has written. Reading Alford’s book was like staring into the abyss, coming face to face with the fragility of democratic life. I recommend reading it at night with the light on. ... [read more]