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Access Copyright was surprised to come across the article, “Universities slow to use new fair-dealing rights,” in your Sept. 23 edition and disappointed not to have been offered the opportunity to participate.
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I would like to address some inaccurate statements made in an Aug. 12 article, “‘Another kick’ to wronged plaintiffs,” and the subsequent editorial concerning important policies for social assistance recipients when they receive compensation awards, including those for pain and suffering.
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This letter is in response to a recent article by Ian Harvey entitled “First Nations have iron grip on Ontario’s economy” published by Law Times on Aug. 5. I found this article troubling for a number of reasons.
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Law Times columnist Ian Harvey, in his article on the Ring of Fire on July 8, writes that the fate of the project “rests in the hands of Ontario’s First Nations.”
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In regards to your story, “Landscape altered for price-fixing, bid-rigging cases” on May 27, Eric Lefebvre is quoted as saying, “I don’t recall anyone ever having served time in a jail cell for price fixing or bid rigging.”
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It seems to me that access to proper dental care is just as important as access to justice. Poor dental health can lead to more serious medical issues, yet rarely do I hear public discourse over the high cost of dental care, the absence of government assistance for those who wish to perform it themselves within the world of oral hygiene or criticism of the rabble of greedy dentists unwilling to perform pro bono services.
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I understand that the Law Society of Upper Canada spent $750,000 on outside counsel to prosecute Joe Groia.
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The completed five-year reviews on paralegal regulation by the Law Society of Upper Canada and David Morris have served to inspire a conversation within the justice system about the scope of practice of the paralegal profession that’s now focusing on a motion put forward by representatives of the paralegal community for debate at the upcoming LSUC annual general meeting (see “Time to expand paralegal rights?” on April 29).
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In response to a recent Law Times article (see “CDLPA head worried about northern Ontario justice system,” April 8), let me say I have less to complain about than most citizens of Sudbury, Ont. From my office, although I have not tried, I can hit every window on the street side of the main courthouse and the jail is only 15 metres further away. I am more convenienced than most of the bar.
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However well intentioned, Alan Shanoff’s call for the abolition of defamatory libel from the Criminal Code (see “Time to abolish outdated defamatory libel offence,” Feb. 11) is ill advised.
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We read with interest your recent story (“Toronto legal clinic in jeopardy,” Feb. 4) about the disappointing decision by Legal Aid Ontario to cease funding West Toronto Community Legal Services.
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The suggestion made by Prof. Steven Salterio (see “Prof questions expertise of judges, Crowns following Nortel ruling), that the outcome of the Nortel trial might have been different if the trial judge had “more experience with corporate law” is truly ridiculous and made more so by his acknowledgment that he could not say whether the decision of the presiding judge was right or wrong.
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