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Legal Aid lawyers push to unionize

Alex Robinson and Yamri Taddese - Monday, July 25, 2016

More than three years into their fight to unionize, Legal Aid Ontario lawyers are stepping up the pressure on the provincial government.
A group of LAO lawyers rallied outside a Liberal Party of Ontario fundraiser that Premier Kathleen Wynne attended in downtown Toronto on July 13, along with representatives of labour groups.

The lawyers have been fighting a decision by LAO to reject their request to unionize since 2013.

“Almost all other groups of public sector lawyers exercise their right to collective bargaining. Other groups like the assistant Crown attorneys, who are largely white and male-domi...

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Focus: Feds losing out on fantasy sports taxes

Despite widely held legal opinion that unregulated daily fantasy sports betting web sites are illegal, the Canadian government “has its head in the sand” on the issue, one lawyer says.

OSC moves ahead with whistleblower policy

The Ontario Securities Commission has adopted a policy that could financially reward in-house counsel for disclosing information about corporate wrongdoing, despite the concerns of lawyers, legal scholars, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lawyer alleges discrimination by LSUC security guard

A black lawyer alleges a security guard discriminated against him when he was trying to enter the Law Society of Upper Canada building recently.

Editorial: Pay equity problems

Law Times reports that three Legal Aid Ontario lawyers have filed a pay equity gap complaint to Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission, based on the fact that legal aid lawyers are mostly female.

Speaker's Corner: Police need more training on non-lethal force

Recently, it took just four minutes for David Orazietti, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to announce changes that will fundamentally affect law and order across the province.

Decision should force law society to change disclosure, say critics

A recent Divisional Court decision could push the Law Society of Upper Canada to have a less rigid approach to disclosure when it comes to its disciplinary proceedings, lawyers say.

Inside Queen's Park: Ontario looking to jump into the digital age

Wanted: tech guru to transform massive organization rooted in the 1980s with bold leadership initiatives, innovation, and improved user experience. Salary: $200,000-plus a year.

Focus: Cybersecurity lawyers defend against attacks

As Canadian businesses beef up their defences against cyberattack, some of the country's biggest law firms are growing their own cybersecurity teams in an attempt to match client demand.

Inside Story

Monday, July 25, 2016

Adam Dodek wants to debunk the myth that the Canadian Constitution is boring.

The University of Ottawa law professor is releasing an expanded version of his book, The Canadian Constitution, which provides a primer on the cornerstone of Canada’s legal framework.

“It’s going to make the Constitution accessible and understandable to lawyers, experts and ordinary Canadians for the very first time,” Dodek says.

He says he felt the need to update the original book, which was released in 2013, in order to reflect legal changes and to expand on its explanations of the Constitution.

In addition to including the complete text of the Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982 with an index, the expanded book also looks at each section and explains what it means, Dodek says.

“If you read our Constitution, you would think that the prime minister is a marginal figure and is essentially an event planner,”...

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Law Times poll

Legal Aid Ontario lawyers have filed a pay equity complaint on the basis that legal aid lawyers are predominantly female. Do you think the complaint has merit?
Yes, Legal Aid Ontario lawyers are not paid sufficiently for their work. Any steps that can be taken to correct the pay gap are strategically valuable.
No, this approach to addressing displeasure with wages does not make sense. A similar complaint already failed, and new strategies are needed.