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Editorial: Justice delayed

Law Times reports this week that a recently resigned assessment officer says the wait times for preliminary appointments for assessments under the Solicitors Act has ballooned to more than 12 months from three months. This is concerning, to say the least.
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Inside Queen's Park: Back to the future for family courts?

As noted recently, the ongoing review by the Law Society of Upper Canada and Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo into what roles non-lawyers could play in Family Court is long overdue and has prompted some intriguing reaction.
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Speaker's Corner: Sattva questioned for contracts of adhesion

Since the release of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., there has been a lot of discussion about the “factual matrix” mentioned in the decision to be considered in the interpretation of a contract. However, the Court of Appeal for Ontario in MacDonald v. Chicago Title Insurance has recently distinguished Sattva in the context of standard form contracts and other contracts of adhesion.
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The Hill: Senate side jobs can pay off

Our senators are picking up a little extra cash outside the Senate. It’s all nice and legal. No Mike Duffy stuff.
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Editorial: Where the law and PR divide

There is doing what is legal.
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Editorial: A challenging question

Law Times reports this week the federal government is looking at the possibility of bringing back the Court Challenges Program.
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Inside Queen's Park: Family court review may bring overdue relief

It’s no secret Ontario’s family law courts are in need of fixing.
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Editorial: Some good gender insight

You hear it anecdotally; at least I do: the stories of dedicated lawyers burnt out by unpaid bills and unstable incomes, and struggling with building their own practice with a life outside of work. More often than not, these are stories told to me by women.
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Speaker's Corner: End segregation, says Ontario Human Rights Commission

In 2007, Ashley Smith died in federal custody in Kitchener, Ont., after spending extended periods of time in segregation (or solitary confinement). In 2010, Edward Snowshoe died by suicide while in custody in Edmonton, Alta., after spending 162 days in segregation. These cases have become emblematic of the incredible problems with the continued use of segregation in prisons.
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Editorial: Personal e-mail doesn’t exist

We all scratch our heads when it comes to social media and electronic communications. How could someone intelligent and self-aware use their work device for clearly inappropriate messages?
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Speaker's Corner: Ontario needs human trafficking legislation

Last December’s report from the Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Workplace Harassment identified the province as a major hub for human trafficking. Through the testimony of experts and survivors, the committee learned that 90 per cent of sex trafficking victims, predominantly female, are Canadian born. They come from communities across Ontario, from every cultural and socio-economic background. They are the girls next door.
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The Lawyer Therapist: Can I help a colleague with depression?

In the course of our careers, co-worker relationships can become some of the closest connections we may have in life.
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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.