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Speaker's Corner: Ticket bots: Raging against the machine

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi recently announced that the provincial government is seeking public input to address the problems presented by so-called ticket bots. For those unfamiliar with this dystopian-like term, ticket bots are software programs that obtain tickets from an online ticket-selling platform beyond a specified limit, circumventing website fair purchase rules. These tickets are then typically resold, often at marked-up prices.
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Editorial: No judge is an island

Revolution in the streets is what leads to decisions in the courts, said a sign I saw last week.
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Speaker's Corner: Civil delays and access to justice

In the 2016 decision of R v. Jordan, the Supreme Court of Canada revisited s. 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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Editorial: Family welfare

Law Times has two stories this week focused on issues related to child welfare. In one, Ontario Superior Court Justice Grant Campbell found two lawyers provided incompetent counsel while representing parents in a family law case that he said shows the poor state of the child welfare system in Canada.
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Speaker's Corner: Hidden camera has implications for privacy law

Late last year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released Patel v. Sheth, the next in a series of cases following the 2012 recognition of a tort of intrusion upon seclusion in Jones v. Tsige.
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That's history: The roots of common law in Canada

This third column on the roots of Canada’s legal traditions is devoted to the common law, following others on indigenous law and civil law.
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Editorial: Close community

The Ontario legal community is incredibly inter-connected.
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Speaker's Corner: Canadian insight on U.S. executive order

All eyes are on the U.S. court system after an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. It stopped refugee processing for 120 days and put a complete halt on Syrian refugee processing. There was no guidance on dual citizens or U.S. permanent residents, which caused concern and confusion at the borders.
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Editorial: Human lawyers, rejoice

Law Times has features this week exploring legal innovation.
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Speaker's Corner: Restorative justice in response to hate

Many Canadians expressed a deep sense of sorrow and outrage after a man shot worshippers in a mosque in Quebec City on Jan. 29. The shootings — soon after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning nationals from seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days — touched a collective nerve in Canada. Thousands of people attended vigils across Canada, in response to the deaths, and social media was alive with commentary about combatting Islamophobia.
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Editorial: Privacy reigns

Law Times reports this week that an Ontario Superior Court judge determined a rule was breached when two Toronto lawyers exchanged private records about a sexual assault complainant with no notice to a court, the woman or her counsel.
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Speaker's Corner: Time to end shareholder primacy

As lawyers, we are all acutely aware of the fact that changes to the law are a given. Society changes, technology changes and governments change. Meanwhile, the law needs to keep up.

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