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Speaker's Corner: Carding regulations will shape legal landscape

Over the last year, I’ve been frequently asked, “How do you feel about carding finally being over?” My answer? “It’s not. Carding has been regulated, not eliminated.”
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Editorial: Small victory

The Safe Streets Act has been under fire for years by critics, who argue it criminalizes homeless people.
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Speaker's Corner: Why the LPP should be continued

In a recent report, a majority of an LSUC committee recommended that Convocation terminate the Law Practice Program next spring.
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Speaker's Corner: End the jail lockdown crisis

Like hostages in a never-ending drama, hundreds of prisoners have found themselves thrust into a more-than-two-year labour dispute at the Toronto South Detention Centre. As a result, those imprisoned within the superjail have experienced miserable living conditions that have drawn the ire of judges, criminal lawyers and human rights groups. 

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Editorial: Digitization and A2J

Everywhere you look, it’s a rush to digitize and all things data-oriented.

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Editorial: PTSD mainstreams

Thirteen years ago, a Canadian wrote a book that changed the lexicon about how people deal with trauma.

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Speaker's Corner: Lessons from Ashley’s death

This Oct. 19, it will be precisely one year since the federal Liberal government took office under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership. The date is also an anniversary of a more sombre kind. On Oct.19, 2007, 19-year-old Ashley Smith died in a segregation cell at Grand Valley Prison in the custody of Federal Corrections. The coincidence of these two anniversaries should prompt us to reflect on how far we still have to go toward improving the functions of the criminal justice and correctional systems, particularly as they are deployed in relation to girls.

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Speaker's Corner: Fantasy sports perfectly legal

The law of gaming in Canada is confusing and outdated. The Internet compounds the problem by offering a range of gaming opportunities unimagined when most Canadian gaming laws were created.  Some lawyers believe fantasy sport “betting” web sites are illegal.
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Editorial: Sea change

I recently saw a religious leader talk about how attitudes are changing to indigenous issues across Canada.
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Speaker's Corner: Embrace reconciliation in practice

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a “new relationship” with the indigenous people of Canada.
Of all his pledges, perhaps the most important and compelling was the commitment to implement in full the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission led by now-Senator Murray Sinclair.
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Editorial: Tackling racism

I once heard an expert compare racism in Canada to punching a marhsmallow. The point was that racism in Canada is not hard-edged but soft and hard to grab, as well as tricky to pin down. It’s stuck with me for more than a decade. A report by a Law Society of Upper Canada committee on challenges faced by racialized licensees speaks definitive truth to power.
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Speaker's Corner: Why the LPP should stay

As the legal profession continues to evolve and adapt to changing needs and as we search for highly qualified, diverse talent to add to the profession, the Law Practice Program provides employers like myself with a window into the future of legal training.
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