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Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 12:08 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal latest appellate court to find solitary confinement unconstitutional

For the fourth time over the past two years, an appellate court has unanimously ruled against the use of administrative segregation in prisons as unconstitutional, and the lead lawyer in a class action on solitary confinement against the Ontario government hopes it will result in the end of that practice. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 8:49 AM

B.C. seeking stay of automobile insurance decision B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is applying for a partial stay of a recent court decision which struck down as unconstitutional its move to send certain automobile insurance matters to a provincial small claims tribunal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 2:38 PM

Test for the justice minister | John L. Hill

David Lametti, Canada’s minister of justice and attorney general, since taking over from Jody Wilson-Raybould, has become one of the most progressive justice ministers in recent memory and to an extent, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “fixer.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

In defence of for-profit nursing homes | Heather Campbell Pope

Eight years ago, at age 71, Jane Devji climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her sons to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. It was her third ascent up Africa’s highest mountain, having first made the trek decades earlier in her 20s, and then for a second time at age 67, also in support of the Vancouver-based dementia charity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 10:12 AM

Exacerbation of injury is correct measure of damages in a crumbling skull case Woman holding back in pain

In the case of Boyetchko v. Mentias 2021 BCSC 172, the plaintiff, Lynn Boyetchko, was involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents over three years apart. The defendants in each action admitted liability for the accidents and that the plaintiff suffered injuries but disputed that those injuries were caused by the accidents. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 1:39 PM

Cox & Palmer promotes one to partner at St. John’s office

Cox & Palmer announced that Laura Brocklehurst has joined the St. John’s partnership. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 2:14 PM

Virtual health care: Managing privacy risks part one Virtual doctor consultation

The ongoing shift to virtual health care has brought with it new privacy and security risks. “Virtual health care” refers to the use of video or audio technology communications to provide non-urgent, non-emergency health-care services remotely in real time. Virtual health-care services may include medical consults, counselling, coaching, psycho-education, intervention services and other direct services. And they are becoming increasingly common as the pandemic enters its second year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

Evidence-based legal practice: The value of data in litigation Woman lawyer analyzing legal data

Professionals are paid for their judgment and experience. That judgment and experience should be supplemented, wherever possible, by empirical data. ... [read more]