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Cop director of unlicensed pot dispensary

The legal basis for Durham Regional Police permitting one of its officers to become a director of an unlicensed marijuana dispensary remains a mystery.
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‘Widespread barriers’ for racialized licensees

A long-awaited report on the barriers racialized lawyers and paralegals face has recommended the Law Society of Upper Canada lead by example in snuffing out systemic racism in the legal workplace.
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Recent decision raps Crown for third time

A decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal ordering a new trial on drugs and weapons charges is the third time in the past three years that a court has made critical findings about the conduct of a Brampton-based Crown attorney.
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Supporters speak out in favour of LPP

Proponents of the Law Practice Program are reeling from a Law Society of Upper Canada report that recommends ending the alternative to articling.
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Decision reaffirms buyer beware rule

A recent Superior Court decision dismissing a claim brought by a homebuyer against the previous owners over mould found in the property’s basement reaffirms the doctrine of caveat emptor, lawyers say.
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Jordan highlighted at courts opening ceremony

Chief Justice George Strathy says the province’s justice sector needs “substantial investment” in order to bring it into the 21st century.
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LSUC committee recommends scrapping LPP

A Law Society of Upper Canada committee has recommended ending the Law Practice Program after it finishes its pilot.
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LSUC to put LPP under magnifying glass

As the Law Practice Program enters the third and final year of its pilot, the Law Society of Upper Canada is set to embark on a review of the articling alternative.
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Genetic discrimination bill to begin debate

OTTAWA — A Senate bill that proposes to use the federal government’s criminal law powers to stop genetic discrimination starts debate in the House of Commons next week, after years of resistance from the insurance industry. Canada remains the only comparable Western country without laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic characteristics.

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Humane Society rapped for ‘reprehensible’ conduct

A straightforward wrongful dismissal claim against the Humane Society of Canada “spun out of control” into a five-year web of litigation because of vexatious conduct by the organization, a Superior Court judge has found.
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Make it easier to award costs against LSUC: lawyer

An Ottawa lawyer who acts for fellow licensees facing disciplinary proceedings says the bar for awarding costs against the Law Society of Upper Canada should come down in order to force the regulator to think harder about which cases it prosecutes.
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Court reform goal for new OBA president

For David Sterns, pushing court reform will be a big part of his new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association.
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