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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 2:05 PM

Judge’s role is to adjudicate ‘on the basis of law, precedent and evidence,’ SCC nominee says Justice Mahmud Jamal

Justice Mahmud Jamal, the Trudeau government’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the impending retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, says he hopes to serve with an open mind and a willingness to listen while remaining “very mindful” of the responsibility which comes with being the first person of colour to be named to Canada’s top court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 12:29 PM

Privatization of Indigenous lands not standalone solution for prosperity Sketch of house

For Indigenous communities in Canada, individual ownership of land has been anticipated to serve as a foundation for economic development “through its ability to deliver legal certainty, reduce transaction costs and enable taxation” of Indigenous lands. The source of this argument is economist Hernando de Soto, who argues that the poorest of nations already have the assets to prosper; the problem is that their wealth is locked away as “dead capital” within their lands, which cannot be used as collateral for credit due to the property regime in place. De Soto advocates for the privatization of communally held lands to promote investment because the poor would benefit from property rights that delineate a clear and certain system of exchange. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Digital assets inventory: Why clients have so many online accounts Laptop screen with safe full of gold

During the pandemic, we’ve all relied on the Internet as a means to connect with the outside world. We’ve connected with our doctors, paid bills, socialized over videoconferencing or started new hobbies. Consider how many of us created additional accounts to access delivery services and now to book vaccines. And there are those working or studying remotely who depend on technology to meet professional and educational commitments. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 2:23 PM

How law firms can invest in their lawyers’ health | Rob De Toni

In the first article of this series, published in The Lawyer’s Daily on June 9, 2021 (see link below), I wrote about why law firms should invest in their lawyers’ health and wellbeing. In this article, I write about what steps law firms can take to make their lawyers’ health (mental, physical, and emotional) a priority. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Four COVID-19 changes we should keep after pandemic | Kyla Lee

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major time of transition for the legal profession. It may be the thing that has finally brought lawyers out of the stone age and into embracing digital technology for their cases. Some of the changes are less convenient, to be sure, but many of the changes to our court and practices should stick around after the pandemic ends. ... [read more]

Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 8:08 AM

National Indigenous Peoples Day: A time for action | Brad Regehr

It has been a few weeks since the discovery of the bodies of 215 children in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Many people have expressed their shock and outrage, but in the absence of a concrete next step it’s hard to maintain that level of anger against a seemingly intractable problem. ... [read more]

Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 3:29 PM

Wildeboer Dellelce adds new tax partner

Wildeboer Dellelce announced that Jill Winton has joined the firm as a partner in its tax practice group. ... [read more]

Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Will we meet again? The Zoom boom Businesswoman holding out her hand to a computer screen

For more than a year now, our client meetings have not been in person, but instead virtual through videoconferences. At first, we were enamoured at the novelty of this new way of interfacing with our clients. As time has marched on, we have gained new perspectives on some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Zoom and other video platforms. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:19 PM

Constitutional change as a result of Alberta equalization referendum unlikely, legal observers say Eric Adams, University of Alberta

Voters in Alberta will be given a chance later this year to weigh in on Canada’s system of equalization payments, but legal scholars are pouring cold water on the idea that it will bring about meaningful constitutional change. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 1:58 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:56 PM

PM announces nomination of Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Jamal to SCC Justice Mahmud Jamal, nominated to the Supreme Court of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 17 announced the nomination of Justice Mahmud Jamal to the Supreme Court of Canada. According to a government release, Justice Jamal “had a distinguished career as a litigator with a deep commitment to pro bono work prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019. He appeared in 35 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada on civil, constitutional, criminal and regulatory issues. He also taught constitutional law at McGill University and administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School.” ... [read more]