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Embracing change

Editorial Obiter

This week, you may notice the print edition of Law Times looks a little different.

We’ve launched a redesign of the newspaper, in order to enhance readability.

It’s part of ongoing efforts to ensure both our print and online content is accessible, and enjoyable to peruse.

In tech circles, people talk about “user experience” — but that’s what’s top of mind when we select our stories, craft our features, or respond to readers in their queries and comments about what’s of interest to the Ontario legal community.

The content we feature in these pages isn’t what you’ll find elsewhere, or even what you would have found in these pages 10 years ago.

For example, in this issue, we report on what lawyer Christopher Dilts says are increasing awards at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

“It shows there is more to fight for in these cases. If only $10,000 or $15,000 is in play, often times human rights litigation just doesn’t happen because the costs exceed the award,” Dilts told the Law Times. “When we get into higher numbers it makes litigation more of a reasonable option.”

We also have a set of features exploring condominium law in Ontario. One of the features looks at the effect of electronic voting on condominium meetings, and how it might enhance overall governance.

“In Canada, electronic voting methods and, in particular, the use of electronic proxy voting platforms, have been used by condominiums since 2015,” says Trevor Zeyl, a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. “Typically, we see an increase in voter turnout by three to four times, when comparing a paper-based vote versus using electronic proxies or balloting.”

This is a good change — technology driving increased engagement.

Whether it’s online, or in print, we hope you’ll embrace our changes, too.

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