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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 11:09 AM

Three reasons why lawyers should engage with climate change | Meredith James and Aladdin Diakun

At the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) annual general meeting on Feb. 17, 2021, a Climate Leadership Resolution will be up for debate. Here are the top three reasons why lawyers should care about climate-related risks and opportunities as we move toward a net-zero emissions economy ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Stop making fun of lawyers, even when they are cats | Alistair Vigier

Over the past two days, since the “cat attorney” video went viral, the many videos of it collectively have over 13 million views. For those that haven’t seen it, here it is. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Penny-wise, pound-foolishness in arbitration Man falling off caution sign

Writing for the B.C. Court of Appeal in Nolin v. Ramirez 2020 BCCA 274, Justice Elizabeth Bennett, with the concurrence of Justices Mary Saunders and David Harris, observed at the outset that: ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The Coach: Small firm succession planning part two | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this column, I covered the first three steps to succession planning: deciding on your timeline for retirement, increasing the value of your practice or firm, and branding/setting up a new legal entity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 8:10 AM

Defending yourself against Zoombombers Distraught woman at computer screen

Videoconferencing and collaboration software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, JoinMe and others has probably been the single biggest factor in allowing work (mainly white-collar work) to keep going during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, February 08, 2021 @ 9:58 AM

Medical malpractice claim restored by Ontario Court of Appeal Valerie Wise, the principal at Toronto’s Wise Health Law

A Toronto health lawyer says medical malpractice defendants should be wary of using Rule 21 motions on limitations issues after Ontario’s Court of Appeal restored a late-filed claim by the family of a patient against the hospital where he died. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: How to be proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

There was a time when I thought that being resilient simply meant I had to suck it up and put on a brave face whenever I was going through something difficult. No complaining and no whining. Just tough it out, and, in the end, I will be stronger for it. I mean, as a litigation lawyer, shouldn’t I just be able to put on my armour to make everything OK? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Wellness: Rights and obligations | Darryl Singer

I, like most Ontarians, am tired. Tired of the stay-at-home order that’s more of a suggestion than an actual order. Tired of not being able to go the places I enjoy. Tired of not being able to take a long overdue vacation to somewhere warm. Tired of not seeing the sunshine for the last two months. Tired of my family (I love them but if we’re being honest, we all need a teensy break from one another right now). Tired of following the rules. And yet, the last 10 months have also allowed me to shelter in place with a harmonious family, continue to do the work I love with colleagues who motivate and challenge me, earn a living and reclaim all of that commuting time to actually be less stressed and spend more quality time with my family.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 12:09 PM

Supreme Court of Canada allows appeal in medical negligence case Gloved hand picking up surgical scissors

On Jan. 18, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeal in Armstrong v. Ward 2021 SCC 1. The court ultimately allowed the appeal, adopting the dissenting reasons of Justice Katherine van Rensburg of the Ontario Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Ontario Appeal Court decision centres on preservation of property enmeshed in court disputes Robert Bell, senior partner, Lerners LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has moved to impose more fairness when it comes to the preservation of property involved in litigation, says a lawyer involved in the case. ... [read more]