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Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

New judge appointed to Nova Scotia Supreme Court

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court announced that Diane Rowe, a former senior solicitor with the provincial government, has been appointed to the bench. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

Improving access to justice in defamation | Hilary Young

In a recent article in The Lawyer’s Daily, Bruce McDougall suggests that defamation litigation is a playground for the rich (“Sticks and Stones | Bruce McDougall,” May 11). McDougall is right, of course; civil litigation is largely beyond the reach of the non-rich. The more interesting question is what can be done about it. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

The Coach: Managing growth: New hires, right seats | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this series I covered when to hire and who to hire. In this column, I am going to focus on getting your people in the best roles and what to do when and if you are outgrowing your staff. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

Lawyers express frustration over cancellation of new courthouse for Halton Region Ken Kelertas

There have been days at the antiquated courthouse in Milton, Ont., when judges were forced to temporarily close courtrooms because too much debris was falling from the ceiling. So lawyers in surrounding Halton Region, just west of Toronto, are disappointed by the Ontario government’s decision to cancel a proposed, state-of-the-art courthouse in Oakville that was slated to serve one of Canada’s fastest growing areas. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 4:12 PM

Ex-Vancouver Bar Association president wins bencher byelection

On May 20, the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) announced that Cheryl D’Sa had been elected as bencher for Vancouver county in the May byelection. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 10:06 AM

COVID-19 conundrums for incoming lawyers | Natalie Schryer

It goes without saying that the graduating class of 2020 definitely received a whole lot more than we bargained for. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 11:29 AM

Ontario extends emergency orders till May 29

The Ontario government announced on May 19 that in consultation with the chief medical officer of health, it has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Independent body to probe impact of COVID-19 in long-term care homes, Ontario says

On May 19, the Ontario government announced it will be launching an independent commission in September to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care homes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

Alberta Law Society sees articling, lawyer cash flow as major challenges during pandemic: president Alberta law society president Kent Teskey

The Alberta Law Society has added its name to the organizations that have moved to hold their formal meetings using videoconferencing technology in light of the challenges poised by COVID-19. The law society’s most recent board meeting, which was held May 14, was done through the Zoom platform. Law society president Kent Teskey said the process was “surprisingly functional.” ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

Two candidates announced for LSO treasurer

On May 14, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced two candidates for the office of treasurer for the 2020-21 term. ... [read more]