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Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 1:36 PM

Coming out of the Stone Age | Michael Lesage

Since being forced to close last month, the Ontario court system has made great strides. No longer only operating under an effective “weekend/holiday” schedule, it is now able to handle certain unopposed motions in writing and even emergency motions via Zoom and other videoconferencing technology. While still not accessible to the majority of the public nor able to handle everyday disputes, it appears to be moving in the right direction. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

Dangers of unregulated tow trucks Cartoontowtruck.jpg

The regulation and control of tow trucks has been an issue for some time. The significant financial rewards have driven people to extreme action. As recently as Feb. 16, 2020, two tow operators were shot in Thornhill, Ont., in an example of violence following this industry. One of those shot was a teenager. It is thought that it may be a result of the unregulated nature of this business and the influences of territory claiming. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:38 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]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

League of heroes, revisited | Marcel Strigberger

“Love levels all ranks” uttered Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He made that remark while courting the daughter of the good ship’s captain, whose station in British society was way south of his own. Given the current COVID-19 situation, I will say a good pandemic levels all ranks. We have new heroes on the block. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 3:20 PM

Business continuity planning for equine farms and equestrian operations Horses grazing

With Equestrian Canada having suspended many income-producing activities of equine farms and equestrian operations due to the pandemic, it is crucial that such facilities plan and prepare for the financial impact COVID-19 will have on their business. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Looking for work in era of COVID-19 Handsonlaps

To say that these are uncertain and difficult times is a massive understatement. Half of humanity is in some sort of isolation, the global economy has grinded to a halt practically overnight and businesses of all shapes and sizes have immediately felt the effects. The legal industry is unfortunately no exception. Like any other business, the practice of law is not immune from the dire consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving in its wake. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Important for public to see legal system still operating: B.C. law society president B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant organizations throughout the world have had to adapt their procedures in order to ensure they stay operational and accountable to the public. Many have turned to electronic platforms to hold meetings, and the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has added its name to this growing list. The law society held its regular bencher meeting April 17 via Zoom, a videoconferencing system which has become more and more popular amid lockdowns and closures. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Law Commission of Ontario appoints new chair

Raj Anandas is the new chair of the board of governors of the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 1:04 PM

Lawyers of the future: Virtual mooting in COVID-19 era | Sigma Samanta Khan

Whether a law student is an eager litigator-to-be or a shy public speaker breaking out of their shell, mooting is a traditional and universal rite of passage for all law students, and practising lawyers often fondly reminisce about their law school mooting experiences. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

Manifestations of real bail problem: A suggested fix unlocked cell

Above and beyond risk aversion, what the examples in the first part of this series show is that the bail system has turned into one where the accused person is required to jump through multiple hoops in order to access what is otherwise their constitutional right. In some contexts, the law on the books has simply been ignored and in others, interpreted in ways that fly in the face of the rights of the accused. In this way, we have come to treat bail as a privilege rather than a right. ... [read more]