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Social Justice: Expert witnesses and access to justice

The recently reported decision of Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena, 2016 raises important issues concerning the use of civil jury trials and the role of partisan expert witnesses.
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Editorial: Conviction confounds

When you are in the politics or news game for a while, there will be ongoing stories or issues that lie dormant for years, roiling in the background.  
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A Criminal Mind: Hit show highlights importance of appellate review

In the early days of 2016, it seems obligatory to opine on the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. You either watched it or are now sick of friends talking about it. I don’t have the space here to weigh in on the various theories swirling around Steven Avery’s guilt or innocence. It’s clear that many things went wrong during Avery’s investigation and trial. However, I’d like to focus on how I think the show highlights the need for a rigorous process of post-conviction appellate review to ensure that if things do go wrong they’re capable of being fixed.
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Editorial: Stalling not an option

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Canada was an irrefutable edict to the legal profession and Canadians at large — get ready for change.
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Breastfeeding and the duty to accommodate

It is undisputed that the practice of breastfeeding must be promoted and protected. Since the ability to breastfeed is unique to the female gender, a woman who opts to breastfeed may be subjected to adverse treatment in a workplace, something her male colleague would never face. An employer’s failure or refusal to accommodate a nursing employee’s breastfeeding needs may give rise to a discrimination complaint.
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Editorial: New year, new editor

Remember the name Gabrielle Giroday; you will be hearing a lot from her. That’s because Gabe, as she likes to be known, is the new editor of Law Times.
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Editorial: Give masters a raise

It’s been said that if you live long enough, you’ll see everything. I’ve lived long enough to see one thing, and frankly I’ve had enough. The fight in this province over the role of masters has gone on since time immemorial.
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Tarion home warranty review is long overdue

Writing this social justice column has few benefits. Feedback from colleagues and the public is minimal. Receiving two or three e-mails telling me why my ideas are unworkable or wrong is typical for a column.
Few lawyers agree with me and when they do they don’t want me to use their names.
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Claims and Coverage: U.K. plans reforms to auto insurance injury claims

In November 2015, there was a surprising announcement from the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: The U.K. plans to reform auto insurance injury claims and proposes instituting a threshold that sounds similar to Ontario’s, except that England is going further.
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That's History: State trials during turbulent times

An overhaul of the previous government’s Anti-terrorism Act will be an important item on Parliament’s agenda next year. The balance between safeguarding national security and protecting civil liberties is never an easy one, and any amendments to the act will no doubt generate passionate debate on both sides.
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Editorial: A class action Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and defence lawyers were defiant,
No one wanted to miss billing a corporate client;
Potential class action briefs were hung by the entrance with care,
In the hopes that saints Strosberg, Koskies, or Siskinds soon would be there;
The associates sat smug in their Harry Rosen suits,
With visions of annual bonuses, they prepared for their moots;
Justices Perell in his robes and Belobaba in his cap,
Waiting for Merchant Law Group to raise a big flap;
When out of the blue arose such a clatter.
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Labour Pains: Altruistic people smugglers catch a break

The smuggling of human beings across international borders is a matter of increasing concern around the world. People smuggling can be viewed in starkly contrasting ways, either as inherently immoral and posing a potential threat to border security or it could be seen as helping to protect those who use a smuggler’s service as a means to reach safety in Canada.
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Law Times poll

Law Times reports that lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act. Do you feel this will leave little time to bring clients up to speed?
Yes, the government expects the first phase of legislation to be implemented later this year, and this leaves little lead time for lawyers.
No, the changes leave appropriate time for lawyers to digest all the regulations and help clients understand them.