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Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

The Coach: Where are the profits? | Gary Mitchell

Profits not only come from a lot of hard work and bringing in more clients, they can be found by becoming more efficient, more productive and improving workflow and performance. What I will discuss in this column is conducting audits to measure where you are today and what to do with that information. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

More legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada | Lawrence David

The Supreme Court of Canada’s newest justice, Hon. Nicholas Kasirer, gets it. As dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Kasirer stood at the apex of Canadian legal academia’s marriage of our country’s two main legal traditions: the Anglo-Canadian common law and Quebec’s unique civil law lineage. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 1:30 PM

Animal law teaching, conferences growing around globe | Victoria Shroff

Interest in animal law along with access to justice for animals is a growing concept. I’ve been appending my hashtag #A2JForAnimals on correspondence where I can. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Judging the SCC’s attempt to keep populist tide at bay | Alexander Gay

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), under the guidance of Chief Justice Richard Wagner, has taken a number of steps to make the court more accessible and accountable to the public. The chief justice has sought to provide summaries of decisions that are more readable to the general public, he has allowed the court to hold hearings outside of Ottawa and he has moved to strengthen the Canadian Judicial Council. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

Lessons on dealing with trauma from one who knows | Ava N. Williams

In 2017, I was halfway through law school and was featured in the Globe and Mail’s Unfounded series about how police forces across Canada report on sexual assault. I had not spoken publicly about my assault, and many people in my life didn’t know about it. But I felt that it was important to share my story. I didn’t want what had happened to me to continue happening to others and I felt that Unfounded had the potential to make a change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 3:44 PM

A tale of two taxpayers: The Fiscal Arbitrators client | Dale Barrett

In part one of this series, I considered the situation of a hypothetical wealthy client who was involved in a tax scheme promoted by a big accounting firm. In the end, the taxpayer signed a settlement with the CRA. Part two relates the story of a typical client of Fiscal Arbitrators (which can be found in Torres v. Canada 2013 T.C.J. No. 332). ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 12:37 PM

Wellness: The extremist hijacking of political discourse | Darryl Singer

The federal election season is upon us. And what a season it has been. The inevitable slide away from intelligent debate continues. This is certainly much different than the elections of my youth when I knocked on hundreds of doors for candidates in my neighbourhood. Back then, there wasn’t a lot of difference between Conservatives and Liberals (the NDP was only slightly left than the most left of the Liberals). And the winning parties would often, once in government, implement policies that had been campaigned for by the opposition. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Complaints, appeals aimed at Standards Council of Canada | Ken Chasse

Part one of this two-part article questioned the Standards Council of Canada’s ability to perform its part in the federal government’s high priority, IP-Innovation Canada project. A number of national standards will be needed to make that critically important combination of “innovation with standardization” successful. But recently, the council was responsible for the creation of a defective, but very important national standard: Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence CAN/CGSB-72.34-2017 (72.34-2017). ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Access to Justice: A law student’s view on why it matters | Payton Wood

Equal protection before and under the law is a constitutionally entrenched right and cornerstone of the Canadian justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:35 PM

Scheer’s call for SNC Lavalin inquiry during election dangerous precedent | Julius Melnitzer

It may just be the brouhaha over Andrew Scheer’s dual citizenship that made me link Donald Trump’s vow to “jail Hillary” and “lock her up” with the Conservative leader’s pledge — in the middle of an election campaign, no less — to launch a judicial inquiry into Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the SNC Lavalin scandal. ... [read more]