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Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

When are we going to acknowledge B.C.’s distracted driving law is broken? | Kyla Lee

There’s an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. And this applies to the frustrating and head-scratchingly bad legislation dealing with the problem of distracted driving in British Columbia. ... [read more]

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

What’s covered under accident benefits in Ontario Hospital patient fills out form

Accident benefits provide compensation for a driver and other victims who are injured or killed in an accident. According to SABS, all auto insurance policies in Ontario must provide for certain accident coverage benefits. Accident benefits could apply to drivers, pedestrians, passengers, passersby and bystanders, irrespective of the party at fault. ... [read more]

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Why Human Rights Code one-year limitation should not apply to sexual harassment Hands on a woman's  red torso

Sexual harassment in the workplace or the community is often an under-reported event. Survivors can struggle to come forward due to a multitude of reasons, including financial and social pressure, embarrassment, fear of retaliation and more. In some cases, it can take survivors years to process the harm that was done to them and to accept that they were in fact sexually harassed. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 1:16 PM

New associate joins Devry Smith Frank

Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF) welcomed Timothy Gindi who joined the firm as an associate lawyer in its commercial litigation, employment law and personal injury groups. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 2:16 PM

Law firm marketing during a pandemic: Helpful tips and strategies to avoid Person in cellphone attracting people with magnet and target in background

Whether you are on Bay Street or a sole practitioner, COVID-19 has turned the practice of law, and most everything else, on its head. We are working from home when needed. We are adapting. And, while we continue to look forward to a return to (some form of) normalcy, changes impelled by the pandemic are likely here to stay. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Common sense has left the building | Marcel Strigberger

No kidding; I would never have thought of that. This was my reaction to the recent COVID-19-driven court direction on “Best Practices and Etiquette for Remote Hearings.” It lists over a dozen bulleted trite guidelines on what lawyers are supposed to do and how they should behave on tele/video events. I ask, is this guide really necessary? Are we presuming the pandemic has eradicated common sense in lawyers? ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 8:15 AM

Riding herd in emerg Cowgirl riding herd

At some point, most of us have worked on group assignments as part of a class, course or program. The idea is to have people work collaboratively, and the outcome is that each team member earns the same grade for the final product. These projects can work out well if everyone is engaged, and each team member delivers their part on time. The key word is “collaborative,” and this is where human nature, attitude and calculation come into play. You often need one group member to ride herd. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 12:19 PM

Access to Justice: When life gives you lemons | Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin delivered this address to the annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, May 12, 2021. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Declaiming insurance: From top to bottomry | Marcel Strigberger

As lawyers, many of us exercise our access to justice by either fighting insurance companies or defending them. Sue or defend, we are all connected with insurance by buying it. When did insurance start? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 11:34 AM

New solitary confinement office reminiscent of ‘Warden’s Courts’ | John L. Hill

In a previous article, I commented on Correctional Service Canada’s use of “Structured Intervention Units” (SIU) as a replacement for solitary confinement and pointed out that professors Anthony Doob and Jane Sprott had condemned the process by pointing out that in their February report that authors, in applying the Mandela Rules to data obtained from CSC, 28.4 per cent of SIU stays were in fact old style solitary confinement and an additional 9.9 per cent of the stays fit the definition of “torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” ... [read more]