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Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Access to Justice: Action Committee summit all about change | Beverley McLachlin

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’ ” In order to truly achieve access to justice across Canada, the justice sector needs to embrace change. The discussions at this year’s Annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters reflected this need. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Ford government’s legal aid cuts devastating affront to justice | Jessica Zita

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding has been cut by 30 per cent. That equals a $133 million reduction to funding this year, followed by an additional $31 million drop next year. These cuts have already had a dramatic impact: LAO announced it will no longer be able to offer refugee and immigration programs as a result. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

The Coach: Succeeding through financial management | Gary Mitchell and Mayur Gadhia

How well can your law firm answer these three questions? What does your cash flow look like for the next week/month? How close to budget are your actual income and expenses? What is each lawyer’s realization rate/billable hours? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Reaching the summit | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2013, British Columbia enacted the Justice Reform and Transparency Act, consistent with commitments made in its White Paper on Justice Reform, which was issued in response to Geoffrey Cowper’s report, A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century. The Act includes a stipulation for the attorney general to convene justice summits annually, as a vehicle for facilitating collaboration among all justice participants; considering promising practices or initiatives in other jurisdictions; providing input on the sector’s strategic vision; making recommendations and assessing British Columbia’s progress regarding justice transformation efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

The empathetic lawyer and client retention | Anita Lerek

You know you must spend time and money to look for clients. And you know that client satisfaction is clustered around fees, ease of process and responsiveness. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

Ontario’s legal aid cuts strike most vulnerable | George Thomson

Compounding the government’s numerous other cuts to programs and services for Ontario’s most vulnerable, Ontario’s attorney general has opted to make things worse by slashing their capacity to receive legal help and to be heard in our courts and tribunals. She and the government have done this by imposing much larger cuts on legal aid than on her Ministry as a whole, protecting other Ministry programs while dramatically reducing access to justice for people who need legal assistance. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Summary dismissal: Employers need a bigger toolbox | Stuart Rudner

It is the classic line used by judges and arbitrators when they find that summary dismissal was not warranted: “Some lesser form of discipline was appropriate.”   ... [read more]

Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Yet another self-regulatory body for immigration consultants | Colin Singer

Canada will once again, overhaul its system for regulating immigration consultants by creating a new College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC). ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 8:28 AM

Deserving benchers victims of unnecessary SOP controversy | Earl Cherniak

There is a biblical saying: “Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind”. That is what the benchers did when they made it mandatory for every licensee to subscribe on the Law Society of Ontario Annual Report form to the Statement of Principles (SOP). It was all so unnecessary. They could have voted for Joe Groia’s opt-out proposal or included equivalent principles in the Rules of Professional Conduct, to which every licensee must conform. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Caster Semenya, gender and Court of Arbitration for Sport | Richard Pound

On April 30, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed proceedings seeking arbitration filed by South African runner, Caster Semenya, in respect of regulations adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international sports federation that governs the sport of athletics (track and field). The regulations pertained to the eligibility for female competitions of athletes with differences of sex development (referred to as the DSD regulations) to compete in the female classification in certain events at international athletics competitions. ... [read more]