Focus On



Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to Justice: Visionary thinking to update a legacy system | Beverley McLachlin

In my last column, I wrote about the need to use the pandemic in which we find ourselves to rethink how we can improve the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

Sticks and stones | Bruce McDougall

Defamation law aims to balance freedom of speech with the damage to a person’s reputation that might arise from freely spoken but inaccurate or malicious communications. But it seems that the law protects only people who have enough fame to suffer if someone exposes it to damage, and in law, we measure fame with money. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: Quarantine and jail | Jeffrey Hartman

I was recently asked the following question: if somebody says being shut in under quarantine is like being in jail, what should you tell them? ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Who was that unmasked woman? | Marcel Strigberger

You can take the lawyer out of the supermarket, but you cannot take the lawyer out of the lawyer. I guess some elaboration is in order. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Building bridges with U.S. colleagues through commonalities, collaboration | Brenda Plowman

There is no question that we are living and working in ever-changing, challenging times. Global events aside, lawyers and their firms can find it difficult to build necessary relationships and alliances with firms in the U.S. In order to work, any affiliation must be built on trust and credibility, perhaps even more so when working across borders. Because cold calls may not open the lines of communication needed for successful partnerships, I have unearthed an effective way to build bridges through commonalities with colleagues. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 1:40 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:11 PM

Why so many B.C. criminal cases cannot be solved pretrial | Kyla Lee

When the British Columbia provincial court announced its plan to start reopening some services, I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the aspects of the plan included telephone dispositions for summary matters proceeding by joint submission or where the parties are close together in their submissions. I was pleased to see a plan in place for moving matters forward and that steps are being taken to bring the courtrooms into a position where they can be conducting trials in a safe fashion again. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 11:22 AM

Letter to the Editor: ‘Dissent column timely, necessary’

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the recent article “Why dissent is essential.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

The Coach: Law firm leadership in uncertain times | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

What we are going through collectively and on a global scale, we have no precedent for. It’s surreal. It’s big. And it’s impactful. It is unprecedented that such social distancing, layoffs and daily rule and regulatory changes have even taken place. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Workin’ for your quarantini | Laurelly Dale

The pandemic has sentenced everyone to an indefinite term of house arrest. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Equality, diversity requirements for lawyers in Ontario | Amrita Tamber

It has been a slow road, but over the past few years the legal profession has started to make small strides towards greater inclusivity. Although women and minorities comprise a growing number of legal professionals, they still remain significantly under-represented in senior leadership roles. In recent years, the statistics show that 43 per cent of lawyers identified as women and 29 per cent identified as a visible minority. An increase in senior leadership diversity may result in an increase in proportional representation from the top down. ... [read more]