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Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Paper-based vs. paperless vs. digital paperless_office_sm

Recently I spent three days in a law firm boardroom digitizing the entirety of a law firm’s corporate minute book collection. One by one we combed through the pages of the binders, carefully disassembling decades-old records to be fed through the scanner that worked effortlessly, albeit with a faint hum. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 7:16 PM

Supreme Court twice weighs in on Ontario anti-SLAPP legislation Suzanne_Cote_sm

Canada’s highest court has for the first time zeroed in on Ontario’s anti-SLAPP laws via two rulings, finding in one that a developer’s lawsuit aimed at statements by a residents’ association was a SLAPP and went against the public’s interest in hearing the group’s environmental concerns, while deciding in another the advancement of a doctor’s defamation case is of greater public interest than the defendant’s right to expression. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 @ 2:36 PM

Criminalization of Indigenous journalism contradicts reconciliation | Pamela Palmater

What does it take to get arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)? Well, if we go by recent events around 1492 Land Back Lane, it looks like the arrest criteria include being Indigenous, an award-winning journalist and covering First Nation land defence stories. Because that is exactly what happened to Karl Dockstader, an Oneida journalist and radio host embedded with Haudenosaunee land defenders and providing daily updates via social media and video. What’s worse is that the OPP refuses to tell Dockstader what he has done wrong. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 @ 6:13 AM

FINANCE - Taxation - Real or immovable property assessment - Appeals - Questions of law

Appeal by GFL Environmental from a decision of the Assessment Appeals Committee of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board dismissing its appeal from a decision of the Board of Revision that partially reduced the assessed value of GFL’s commercial property. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Greater legal resources coming for LGBTQ2 communities David_Lametti_sm

Canada’s government is increasing legal supports for those in LGBTQ2 communities who have been left vulnerable during the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Roof over our heads | Jerry Levitan

As with much of the Ontario government’s response to our COVID-19 fuelled economic crisis, legislation to deal with the looming tenancy and housing catastrophe has been piecemeal, ineffective and self-congratulatory. One only has to read the proliferation of Ontario news releases that give the appearance that things are under control. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2020 @ 6:10 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Particular easements - Rights of way - Manner of past use

Appeal by the applicant from a decision finding that the appellant did not have a right to bring boats across a right-of-way over the respondents’ property using a motor vehicle. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Ontario steps up | Karen Heath

In the first two articles in this series, it would be fair to say that my musings on modernizing Canadian courts have carried somewhat of a disparaging tone. It is true, I rode in from The Hague on a high horse, armed with technology best practices from the International Criminal Court I thought were sorely lacking in our justice system. While I do stand by my previous convictions, I offer something different today: a rosier outlook. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

COVID-19 pandemic brings sea change to law schools as classes shift online Back to Law School image sm

A new school year can often bring apprehension and anxiety for students, as thoughts go through their head of what their next eight months will look like as they walk among the trees and ivy-covered walls of campus. But this year law students are being faced with a new reality — coping with a massive shift to online learning as universities from coast-to-coast continue to adjust to the new realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Today’s law firm recruiting takes massive stakeholder co-operation | Julius Melnitzer BTLS

A monumental, pressure-packed collaboration has headed off the threat that COVID-19 presented to the 2020 law firm recruiting season. ... [read more]