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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 @ 9:02 AM

Bread and circuses | Murray Gottheil

I keep reading about mental health issues in the legal profession. Too many lawyers are terminally unhappy. The problem appears to be impossible to fix. Even the Washington Post just ran an article titled, “Want to be happy? Then don’t be a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 2:30 PM

Law society secrets | Joseph Groia

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) possesses great power, which must be exercised responsibly. Good and responsible governance requires transparency.  This is codified in the LSO’s Governance Practices and Policies, which, among other things, (i) imposes a duty upon the LSO to act in an open manner; (ii) requires Convocation to be committed to transparency of its process; and (iii) personally requires the treasurer to be committed to openness, inclusion and transparency.  The LSO has not been fulfilling these requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 11:41 AM

Capturing value from artificial intelligence for lawyers Scales of justice against a computer code background

The legal field has been undergoing a disruptive period and that disruption has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased importance of artificial intelligence (AI). Recently, I sat down with Rajan Kanwar, an applied artificial intelligence expert who spearheaded innovation and transformation projects at TD Bank, EY and ServiceLink, to discuss the current state of disruption and the trends. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 11:05 AM

Principled bail reforms: Proactive not reactive solutions | Neha Chugh and Jessyca Greenwood

On Dec. 27, 2022, a young Ontario Provincial Police officer Grzegorz (Greg) Pierzchala was shot and killed for what seems like no reason. This officer was on regular patrol, responding to a car in the ditch and was shot by two individuals. His death was senseless and a tragedy to the community. The individuals charged by the courts for his murder were on bail for other offences at the time that this event occurred.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 @ 6:57 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Liability for tax - Residents - Computation of tax - Irregularities

Application for judicial review of a decision conveyed to the Applicant under the name of the Chief of Appeals of the Toronto North Tax Services Office. The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) EFILE program allowed participants to file certain tax returns electronically. The CRA notified the Applicant that it was monitoring her account and asked that she provide copies of specific T183 forms. The CRA sent the Applicant an email requesting an explanation for errors it had identified. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 2:11 PM

Afghan lawyers and judges in danger Afghan flag beside the word "justice"

Today, January 24, marks the Day of the Endangered Lawyer. As a Canadian lawyer I want to draw attention to the challenges facing some members of the legal profession in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban government assumed power in the country more than a year ago, the risk of retaliation and danger have only increased for many lawyers and judges, particularly women, advocates say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 6:34 AM

FINANCE - Taxation - Real or immovable property assessment – Classes - Industrial

Appeal by Teck Coal Ltd. and Assessor from two decisions of the Property Assessment Appeal Board of British Columbia (the “Board”) dated June 28, 2021, and November 17, 2021. The applicants were Teck Coal Ltd. (“Teck”) and the Assessor of Area #25 - Northwest (the “Assessor”). The respondents were the Districts of Sparwood and Elkford. The appeal related to the classification of two water treatment facilities (“WTFs”) built and operated by Teck: one WTF was within the permit area of Teck’s Line Creek Mine located in the District of Sparwood; the other WTF was within the permit area of Teck's Fording River Mine located in the District of Elkford. ... [read more]

Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 2:16 PM

Saskatchewan’s new law society president aiming for addiction, mental health program  Andrea Argue, president, Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Eying her province’s immediate neighbour to the east, the new president of Saskatchewan’s law society is aiming to one day have an alternative disciplinary process for lawyers in trouble due to addiction or mental illness. ... [read more]

Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 11:33 AM

Introduction to Toronto’s Vacant Home Tax Vacant home

In 2022, the federal government passed its Underused Housing Tax Act, providing for a tax on vacant residences in Canada. Several local governments, both provincial and municipal, have either already, or plan to, institute a similar tax. These local vacant housing taxes will be applicable in addition to the federal tax. ... [read more]

Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 8:55 AM

A feminist perspective on carbon taxes | Murray Gottheil

With this post I venture onto dangerous ground, but what the hell. ... [read more]