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Posthumous call for students killed at war

Yamri Taddese - Monday, July 21, 2014

"We only had one killed and one wounded in our company, not including two men who went nuts from being close to exploding minenwerfers, which are more dangerous to one’s nerves than to one’s body.”
Those are words from the diary of George L.B. MacKenzie, a law student who died in the First World War.

Many decades after MacKenzie penned those words, a Toronto lawyer sat through a Remembrance Day ceremony at Osgoode Hall and heard MacKenzie’s name listed with 60 Ontario law students never called to the bar because they had perished in the war.

“For some of the names they read off, instead of giving the year of call, what the person reading the names said was, ‘Never called,’” says Patrick Shea, a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in To...

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Are banks eating estates lawyers’ lunch?

Outdated law school curriculums are contributing to a bleak future for the trusts and estates bar, a Canadian legal futurist predicts.

LAO rejects prof’s allegation of ‘culture of secrecy’

An Osgoode Hall Law School professor has resigned as a member of Legal Aid Ontario’s immigration and refugee advisory committee after citing “a culture of secrecy” at the organization.

Editorial: Transparency call at LAO

Ontario should make openness the norm and secrecy the exception.”

That's History: Marriage laws have long evolved to respect personal choice

The mass wedding of some 60 gay and lesbian couples at Casa Loma during the World Pride event in Toronto got me thinking about how laws restricting who can marry have changed over time. It’s easy to forget that the prohibition on same-sex marriage is only the most recent legal impediment to marriage to have fallen.

Speaker's Corner: Law firms tinkering as business model under stress

Law firms continue to grapple with finding new ways to mesh their traditional, if rapidly outmoded, business model with client pressures to control fees.

Focus: Are drones the next tool for private investigators?

When Inc. chief executive officer Jeff Bezos dramatically predicted on 60 Minutes that within a few years drones would be zigzagging across cities delivering packages, many people took notice.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ministry of the Attorney General counsel Orlando Da Silva is the new president of the Ontario Bar Association.

Da Silva replaces past president Pascale Daigneault in the role. Da Silva was previously the first vice president of the OBA, a role now filled by Edwin Upenieks. Elected to the position of second vice president is David Sterns of Sotos LLP.

In addition, Scotiabank senior legal counsel Lynne Vicars becomes the OBA’s treasurer.

A Superior Court judge has ordered a lawyer to personally pay costs for furbishing “unfounded allegations” against the plaintiff in a case.

In 1250294 Ontario Ltd. v. 2141065 Ontario Inc., the plaintiff, lawyer Ben Martin, had brought a summary judgment motion for foreclosure of a Sikh temple on his property in Brampton, Ont. The judge granted the summary judgment motion and dismissed the defendants’ counterclaim.

During the summary judgment motion, the...

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This week's Law Times poll: Do you agree with changes to temporary foreign worker program?

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Are you in favour of the federal government's changes to the temporary foreign worker program?
Yes, the program has gotten out of control.
No, the program will unfairly affect employers and/or workers and the government should address any problems through more enforcement of the rules.