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Monday, 29 August 2016 09:00

Cooling the housing market

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Cooling the housing marketIt's a strange world when William Shatner, boldly doing a one-man show across North America about his life as James T. Kirk, T.J. Hooker, Denny Crane, Stan Fields and a pitchman for Priceline.com (and if you go back further, Loblaws), mentions one of his biggest regrets is not buying real estate in Vancouver.
How juniors can get more advocacy opportunities“The vanishing trial” is the catchphrase used to describe the reality of civil litigation: Trials and other advocacy opportunities are fewer and farther between. Lawyers, especially junior lawyers, do not get the same advocacy opportunities that once were commonplace. Even worse is that when those opportunities do come along, clients often want the senior, experienced counsel to argue. What is a junior lawyer to do? Refusing to accept the fate of lawyers of my vintage, I have uncovered ways in which the junior lawyer can get on her feet. Here are my top seven tips: 
International trained lawyers: overcoming the stigmaOne of my peers’ main anxieties in law school was the never-ending question: Where will I article after law school? And worse, what if the dreaded rumour mill rang true — that the market was so tough that jobs were one in a million? While such questions are common in the minds of final-year law students, the frets and fears of my peers were coupled with an additional barrier: We were internationally trained lawyers.
Monday, 29 August 2016 09:00

Enforcement officers: kids judging credibility

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Enforcement officers: kids judging credibilityGet ready for this: Enforcement officers can, nay must, conduct an interview of a deportee who has alleged risk, if the credibility of the risk allegation is at issue. So says the Federal Court of Appeal in its recent pronouncement in Atawnah v. MPSEP.
 ‘At the end of the day, if the corridor simply won’t move, there’s a problem,’ says Merle Alexander, an aboriginal resource lawyer at Gowling WLG LLP.
‘At the end of the day, if the corridor simply won’t move, there’s a problem,’ says Merle Alexander, an aboriginal resource lawyer at Gowling WLG LLP.
On a dwindling list of LNG proposals in British Columbia, the FortisBC Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre LNG gas pipeline project is coming up against opposition from local First Nations.
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

The thin blue line: police accountability

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The thin blue line: police accountabilityOn July 24, the Ottawa police were called to a coffee shop to respond to a disturbance. There were reports that a man had attempted to grope a woman. By the time the police arrived at the coffee shop, the man had left. The police pursued. Minutes later, 37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi was dead.
Abdi was not carrying any weapons. Only the police were armed. 
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

The dangers of patio thinking

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The dangers of patio thinkingIs there anything better than being outside and enjoying these record hot temperatures?  Facing the prospect of cold, dark winters, most Canadians feel perfectly justified maximizing their patio time during our short summer months. However, the race to get deals done sometimes leads to some short-sighted decisions that have long-term consequences for clients. The following are mistakes I have recently observed in the rush to exit the office and enjoy a cold one.
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

Dog Day of August

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Dog Day of August“Can I put you on hold, Maître Rheault? The judge will be with you in a few minutes.”
Video: McLachlin calls for vacancies to be filledChief Justice Berverley McLachlin wants judicial vacancies filled as soon as possible. In remarks she gave to the Canadian Bar Association conference in Ottawa Thursday, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada called on the Department of Justice to fill 44 lingering judicial vacancies and a pending vacancy in the Supreme Court.
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:00

Taking a look at Key Performance Indicators

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Taking a look at Key Performance IndicatorsAre you as productive as you would like to be? For sole or small firm practitioners, stagnating productivity can creep up on you quickly. We are often too busy and focused on resolving our clients’ problems to dedicate proper time to improving the way we practise.      
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