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The Lawyer Therapist: Law school doesn’t have to make you sick

It’s that time of year again. Eager,  young, talented, passionate, driven minds converge on law schools across Canada to begin what they hope will be a rewarding and exciting journey in the legal profession.
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The Hill: The wrangle over bilingualism

Justice Thomas Cromwell of Atlantic Canada is retiring Sept 1. Another justice is urgently needed for the fall session.
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Editorial: Smart v. wise

In an age that glorifies Big Data and everything digital, it’s rare to hear a lone dissenting voice that advocates for face-to-face contact. But at the recent Canadian Bar Association conference in Ottawa, writer Susan Pinker advocated roundly for the value of connecting in person. It enhances our health outcomes and our sense of social connectivity in ways digital connection can’t, she says.
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Speaker's Corner: The roots of the articling crisis

Since the Great Recession of 2007-2009, there has been a lot of media commentary blaming the sometimes-bleak economic prospects of young lawyers on law schools. In this coverage, you’ll also hear complaints about the lack of utility of a law degree, the high tuition for the law school and the debt it creates, as well as the competitiveness of the job market for lawyers upon graduation.
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Speaker's Corner: Should legal aid billings be secret?

Legal Aid Ontario is reconsidering its practices around transparency in light of the province’s recent Open Data Directive. This directive requires government data to be made public unless it is exempt on a handful of grounds. In working out how to comply with this directive, LAO is consulting with stakeholders, including lawyers.
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Editorial: Trouble with texting

Law Times reports the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that sent text messages seized from a recipient’s phone can be used as evidence against the sender in court.
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Social Justice: Terminated employees need protection

Most employees serve at the mercy of their employers. There is little job security save for non-managerial employees of federally regulated employers, union members and employees dismissed contrary to human rights codes. Most others serve at the pleasure of their employers. Of course, some employees are highly skilled or have the ability to protect themselves in negotiated employment contracts. Job security isn’t much of a concern to them. But job security is a major concern for the majority of employees.
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The Hill: Old Federal Court plans new again?

They’ve been talking about building a beautiful Federal Court building in Ottawa for almost a century — since 1920 to be exact. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to pay rent on private commercial office space year after year.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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  • Access to Justice
    Access to Justice The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) strives to inform the public on the importance of the people having access to legal resources and…
  • Legal Aid lawyers rally for collective bargaining rights
    Legal Aid lawyers rally for collective bargaining rights Legal Aid Ontario lawyers held three protests in July to push the provincial government to support their attempts to unionize. The lawyers have been in…
  • Jane-Finch community gets employment law help
    Jane-Finch community gets employment law help Osgoode Hall Law School's Community Legal Aid Services Programme recently opened an employment law division for Toronto's Jane-Finch community.Phanath Im, review counsel for the division,…
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Law Times poll

Recreational marijuana use will be legalized, and lawyers say there will be an increase in terms of criminal charges and civil cases as a result. From the perspective on how this will impact the courts, do you support pot legalization?
Yes. While there will no doubt be an impact on the courts from this change, the overall social benefits of legalization are positive.
No. The move to legalize marijuana is short-sighted, and will lead to negative social results, including longer court delays.