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Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:17 PM

What Leafs rebuild can teach courts | Michael Lesage

Few hockey teams are as storied, and yet have boasted less success over the last half century than the Toronto Maple Leafs. Long beset by poor management, they have objectively underperformed their competitors for generations. In that time, they have struggled to make the playoffs, generally failed to advance far into the playoffs when they have qualified and completely failed to reach the finals. At various points, they have effectively fielded a team of amateurs or has-beens. In many respects, their underperformance is emblematic of that of the Ontario court system. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Power of pixie dust: Accessing justice one year later | Bo Kruk

Just over a year ago, the world fundamentally changed. Overnight, bustling downtowns resembled scenes from films like 28 Days Later. Schools closed as learning shifted online, working from home became commonplace, and the courts restricted matters to only those that were urgent. Gradually, we started to adapt to this new reality and its increased digital presence. These adjustments have spurred positive changes while others have created new challenges. Throughout this shift in our collective lifestyles, the wheels of the legal machine never stopped. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Women in law: Where are we now? | Jasmine Daya

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day to commemorate women’s achievements. Over the years, I have become more appreciative of this day, perhaps as I gain a better understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, wife and mother, among my many other roles. This year, I fear my gender has regressed within the practice of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

Divorce Act amendments: Definition of ‘family violence’ | Gary Joseph

I offer my opinions freely through this publication. Sometimes I am right and sometimes I am wrong. With respect to the issues I am about to raise, I hope I am wrong. This summary of the amendments is largely the work of the colleagues mentioned below, however, the views expressed with respect to same are mostly mine alone. (Please direct your hate mail to me if you wish). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

Agreed statement of facts: a multifunction justice system tool | William Poulos

Just as a hammer is not far from a carpenter’s reach, an Agreed Statement of Facts (ASF) should not be far from counsel’s consideration and application. The ASF is like a multifunction tool with many uses. The many uses can be employed to benefit the immediate parties and the justice system and increase the public’s confidence in the administration of justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 10:20 AM

Windsor law’s OK boomer renovation | David Israelson

If buildings could talk, the University of Windsor’s Ron W. Ianni law school building might say this about its renovation: OK boomer. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Historic Express Entry draw: Ottawa’s plans to meet 2021 immigration levels | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration authorities have shown their hand on exactly how they intend to meet ambitious newcomer targets in 2021 — by slashing required scores and smashing the record for the number of candidates invited in the most recent Express Entry draw. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Two degrees of Mr. Irresistible | Ken Hill

People of a certain age may know who I am referring to in the title. If you watched professional wrestling in Canada in the ’60s or ’70s you will surely know this is the self-applied moniker of none other than the great Sweet Daddy Siki. My brothers and I used to watch wrestling while growing up in Calgary. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 2:50 PM

Minassian should be named | Cameron Cotton-O’Brien

When a killer strives for infamy through his acts it seems obvious that we should not speak his name. For a judge in a criminal trial this should not be so obvious. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

Pandemic: One year in | Marcel Strigberger

It’s been one year now since the world was introduced to the coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19 a.k.a. the pandemic. What else can we say?  Happy anniversary? This is a good a time as any to reflect on the changes to the world, especially to the world of law. ... [read more]