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Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00

The surreal case of Lyle Howe

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Photo: Harris Studio
Photo: Harris Studio
In 2012, less than two years into his fledgling career as a criminal defence lawyer, Lyle Howe found himself in a Halifax courtroom, one minute representing a client on fraud charges, then moments later appearing in his own defence, before the same judge, on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman.
Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

Supreme dress rehearsal

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Supreme dress rehearsalJames LeNoury had scarcely launched into his oral submission on a Supreme Court of Canada wrongful dismissal appeal when questions began to fly thick and fast. One of the jurists impatiently asked for his position on the appropriate standard of review. Another unleashed a salvo of questions about remuneration: “Why do you say severance pay wouldn’t make sense? How do you square that?”
Calgary: Resilience of oil town lawyers put to test“It’s hold on to your hat,” says Joe Lougheed. “Don’t get bucked off and look to the future.” That is his straight-from-the-hip assessment about business, and specifically the law business, in Calgary these days.
Lougheed is a partner with Dentons LLP and a member of one of the oldest and most storied families in Alberta.
Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

The limits of open justice

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The limits of open justiceOn the face of it, the Romanian-operated Globe24h.com web site looks innocuous. But at a recent gathering of administrative lawyers at the Ontario Bar Association, the general counsel for Canada’s privacy commissioner devoted time to talk about her office’s concerns with the site.
Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

New horizons

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New horizonsIt’s where the criminal law drafted in government offices meets the gritty reality of the streets. Homeless men lie passed out near the door of Vancouver’s Main Street courthouse. Drug syringes litter the ground.
Indigenous women, like those who have been murdered or gone missing, dot the court docket. That courthouse is also where new federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould got her trial by fire as a lawyer — an experience that influences her to this day. “I certainly look to my years as a prosecutor on the Downtown Eastside that opened my eyes wider to a lot of the inequalities that exist, that continue to exist in our society,” she says.
Illustration: Pete Ryan
Illustration: Pete Ryan
The scenario of affluent older parents providing financial help to their adult children is increasingly common — and now, so are disputes over who gets what when those children divorce.
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

Law dean challenge

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Illustration: Katy Lemay
Illustration: Katy Lemay
When Lee Stuesser, Lakehead University’s first law school dean, resigned last June after just two years on the job, he said resignations are “a personal matter” and declined to discuss his reasons. On his way out, the affable dean, who invited new students to his house for barbeques, would only say how grateful he was for the chance to cut the ribbon and open the doors of Lakehead law.
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

Look for mergers uptick in 2016

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Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Companies in Canada’s traditional resource sectors will likely be back in play this year as beaten-down firms sell or merge in order to survive, while a new government and rule changes for hostile takeovers will become must-watch factors in the already complex merger and acquisition business.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Behind the headlines

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Lori Douglas Canadian Lawyer January magazine cover
Canadian Lawyer January magazine cover
Lori Douglas is proud to point out her former offices as she passes by the courthouse in downtown Winnipeg, but she pauses when she notices something. “Oh, the light’s on,” she says, obviously saddened at the idea that someone else has moved in. Despite the lingering emotions over five years of proceedings at the Canadian Judicial Council, Douglas says she’s doing better than ever since her retirement from the bench in the spring. “I feel fine,” says Douglas, 59. “I haven’t been so well now for five years.”
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Hryniak two years on

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Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
Since she began practising with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary a decade ago, Kelly Osaka has been a front-line witness to the access-to-justice crunch in Canada’s courts. As Alberta’s population exploded, so, too, did the demands on court time and judicial resources. Litigation files, meanwhile, became bigger than ever, fuelled by electronic document discovery and other practices that built delays into the system. Osaka’s commercial clients, who could presumably afford the cost of a lengthy trial, began balking at the prospect and asking for alternatives.
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