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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 1:31 PM

Alberta, B.C. implement new gathering limits in COVID-19 fight

Both British Columbia and Alberta have brought in new measures to help reduce COVID-19 transmission after weekend statistics showed rising case numbers in both provinces. B.C. provincial health officer Bonnie Henry issued an order Oct. 26 which limits gatherings in private homes to no more than a person’s immediate household, plus six others. The order is provincewide and applies to all homes for all occasions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

Pro bono animal law clinic at UBC victory for access to justice | Victoria Shroff

Access to justice for animals in B.C. just got a boost. In a Canadian legal first, UBC’s Peter Allard School of Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) has launched a brand new animal law pro bono clinic aimed at low-income individuals who have animal law cases such as “dangerous” or “aggressive” dogs, human rights issues involving animals, animals in tenancy issues and more. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Transitioning from ‘right to litigate’ to ‘right to legal resources’ | Upama Poudyal

The legitimacy, effectiveness and justness of the decision-making process in court rely on the accused being able to understand the case against them, and subsequently, be able to provide an adequate defence to the Crown. However, given the increasing costs of retaining legal counsel, many Canadians lack the means to afford the services of a lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

High time we helped Canadians climb out of debt Ladder

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a medical crisis in the world, which in turn caused an economic crisis in our society, which is now, in its turn, causing a moral crisis within our society. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system | Julie Sobowale

October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.  ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

LSO Convocation adopts revised proposals on fee exemptions for older practitioners Atrisha Lewis

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has tweaked its proposals to remove fee exemptions for certain older members of the profession, adopting measures which would provide a reduced rate for practitioners 65 and older and ensuring those individuals who are currently covered by an exemption for those who have practised 50 years or more will still be able to benefit when it is eliminated next year. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 2:54 PM - Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

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

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

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 2:33 PM

Why working from home might mean going Dutch | Marcel Strigberger

Who pays for the toilet paper in Holland? I’m sure many of us were wondering about this question. We are talking about whether or not employers should compensate employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic for consumption during work hours, of items such as toilet paper, coffee, tea and other such baubles of extravagance. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Clark Wilson adds three new associates

Clark Wilson LLP welcomed associates Angela Yousofi, Debbie Preston and Nick Carlson to the Vancouver firm. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

Benefits of working with lawyers before becoming one | Amanda Johl

Becoming a paralegal or legal assistant prior to attending or even applying to law school is not a novel idea. In fact, it has become increasingly common for individuals interested in attending law school to apply to law firms beforehand to gain relevant experience. ... [read more]