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In Richard Cleroux’s article about the conflict between Canada’s chief justice and the prime minister, you point out that in addition to the problem of judicial appointments, there is a clash of views over the proposed monument to the victims of communism that is to be built next to the Supreme Court building in Ottawa (see “Communist memorial yet another source of discord with judges,” Feb. 2).
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It is not enough that the Insurance Bureau of Canada and its insurance clients have control of every aspect of the lives of innocent accident victims, but they now want to monitor how personal injury lawyers structure their fees.
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The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and the South Asian Bar Association collectively comment on an article in the Nov. 3 issue of Law Times, “Non-white lawyers feel alienated, report finds,” by Julius Melnitzer.
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I had an opportunity to read Alan Shanoff’s article on abolishing civil jury trials in Ontario in the Sept. 22 edition of Law Times.
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The Speaker’s Corner opinion piece piece on Sept. 15 (see “Choir of voices needed to tackle depression in legal profession and beyond”) included inaccurate information about the Member Assistance Program for lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, a confidential and comprehensive service offered by Homewood Human Solutions and sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
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It’s interesting that the article on prison reform (see “Canada’s prison paradox,” Aug. 18) says Canada’s corrections systems are expanding as the severity and number of criminal offences fall.
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I note the media reports (see “Actions against Cho proliferate,” Sept. 1) that clients of lawyer Meerai Cho claim that they have been defrauded of $15 million. There are believed to be as many as 141 victims. Claims against the Law Society of Upper Canada’s compensation fund are anticipated. The source of the compensation fund is, of course, money collected from lawyers. The lawyer for one of the claimants anticipates making a claim against LawPRO, the insurer for Cho. LawPRO is, of course, funded by lawyers.
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It may usually be appropriate for us to jump on the bandwagon when a fellow Canadian lawyer receives an international posting, but this should not be the case in the appointment of William Schabas as lead investigator by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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The County & District Law Presidents’ Association, representing 46 local law associations across Ontario that in turn represent nearly 12,000 practising lawyers, has been hearing more and more anecdotes from the private bar of a perceived encroachment by Legal Aid Ontario into what has traditionally been the realm of the private bar.
These anecdotes of evidence are too numerous to ignore and signal a troubling trend if true.
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In your recent coverage of Legal Aid Ontario’s recent hiring of additional duty counsel (see “CLA concerned about duty counsel expansion,” Aug.18), the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s comments do not reflect LAO’s role and mandate to provide legal aid services that are responsive to the needs of low-income Ontarians and provide for the effective use of limited taxpayers’ dollars.
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I have been following with interest the ongoing debate about how to best prepare lawyers to practise in the real world of law. In particular, I note the article dated Feb. 25 by Prof. Gus Van Harten of Osgoode Hall Law School in which he expresses a harsh opinion on the “Lakehead approach” to legal education.
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