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Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 3:34 PM

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week TFB

Given the upcoming long weekend, here is a Thursday edition of The Friday Brief. The Lawyer’s Daily will not be publishing on April 19 and April 22. We will be back on Tuesday, April 23.  ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

Mansplaining to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould | Robert Harvie

Brian Greenspan recently published an article in The Globe and Mail, being rather critical of our former justice minister, “Did Jody Wilson-Raybould understand her role as attorney general?” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 1:27 PM

Wood appointed new chief justice for Nova Scotia

Michael J. Wood is the new chief justice of Nova Scotia's Court of Appeal and the 23rd chief justice of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Lack of bencher rules on donations, campaign funding ‘shocking,’ candidate says Caryma Sa'd sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election has inspired discussion on a variety of topics, from the importance of diversity in the profession and “compelled speech,” to the lack of representation of recent calls at Convocation. However, these debates have also highlighted the lack of rules governing donations, as some campaigns have called for financial contributions or have offered donations for votes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

LSO bencher candidates shed light on barriers faced by internationally trained lawyers Atrisha Lewis sm

Internationally trained lawyers face barriers to the profession that include systemic racism, biases based on “Canadian experience” and a difficult to access articling process, studies and lawyers say. However, this group of legal professionals continues to grow, making up 30 per cent of all applicants licensed in 2018. Candidates running in this month’s Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election are paying attention and want to give them a voice at the table. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Sustainable funding for Pro Bono issue for LSO election as legal aid faces possible cuts Gina Papageoriou sm

Access to justice has been called the biggest issue facing the legal profession by Ontario lawyers and the “crisis” has been brought to the fore as the provincial government’s budget proposes to cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario by over 30 per cent. ... [read more]

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 3:59 PM

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week The Friday Brief

Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 12:40 PM

Justin (finally) takes chapter from dad’s How-to-Politic book | Laurelly Dale

Up until this past week Justin Trudeau has been regarded as soft.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Estonia set to introduce ‘AI judge’ in small claims court to clear court backlog Man&Botshakinghands

Recently, I commented on Jane Philpott’s, former Canadian minister of digital government, launch of the federal government’s Directive on Automated Decision Making, purported to use artificial intelligence (AI) to assist the government in replacing mundane administrative tasks within all of its branches.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

Is Philpott correct to say PM broke the law? | Heather MacIvor

On April 9, Dr. Jane Philpott — now the Independent MP for Markham-Stouffville  — rose in the House of Commons and accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of breaking the law. She claimed that his unilateral decision to expel her and Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus on April 2 was inconsistent with the Parliament of Canada Act (PCA). ... [read more]