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Monday, April 10, 2017

GLOBAL INSURANCE LAW NETWORK LAUNCHED
Canada’s Blaney McMurtry LLP is one of the founders of a new, multi-jurisdiction legal network launched last month by law firms from North America and Europe.

The Insurance Law Global network, which will provide a global service to insurance clients, also includes founding law firms Weightmans from the U.K., LC Rodrigo Abogados of Spain and Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin of the U.S.

“We are very proud to be a founding member of the Insurance Law Global network, an organization created to meet the increasingly diverse needs of the global insurance industry and to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across multiple jurisdictions,” said Maria Scarfo, managing partner of Blaney McMurtry in Toronto, in a press release. Collectively, ILG has bases in 30 cities across six countries.

CCA COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
The Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Corporate Counsel Association announces that the respective in-house teams of George Weston Ltd. and the Pro Bono Ontario’s ID Clinic for the Homeless are the co-winners of the 2017 CCCA Community Builder Award.

The Community Builder Award recognizes pro bono, community or corporate social responsibility efforts.

The award was presented during the CCCA 2017 Agents of Change national conference in Toronto on April 3 along with various other CCCA awards.

CRAIG CARTER RECEIVES OBA’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Craig Carter, a lawyer in Fasken Martineau LLP’s Toronto office, will receive the Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Distingished Service at a ceremony on April 26.

Carter is engaged in a commercial real estate practice and has acted as counsel in real estate issues and the standards of practice in real estate matters. According to the firm, he is extensively involved in continuing legal education for the legal profession, is a co-editor and published author and has chaired many programs for the OBA.

The OBA says its Award for Distinguished Service recognizes exceptional career contributions and/or career achievements by members of the OBA to the legal profession in Ontario, to jurisprudence in Ontario or Canada, to the law or development of the law in Ontario or a significant law-related benefit to the residents of Ontario.

LAW TIMES POLL
Law Times reported recently that Ontario lawyers say a bill that would give enhanced powers to American border officers working at Canadian airports would likely result in a great deal of uncertainty for their work and their clients. Readers were asked if they supported Bill C-23.

About six per cent of respondents said yes, they did not see an issue with giving American border officers who work on Canadian soil the power to detain Canadians travelling to the United States.

However, 94 per cent said no, they thought changes proposed in the bill would cause problems, especially in addition to the increased climate of uncertainty at the border.

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