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Dear lawyers, legal professionals and law students: A letter to all of us on the front linesOur time has finally come.
The Trudeau era ushers in a kinder, gentler immigration departmentCanada Immigration, now called Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has undergone a significant transformation in approach under the Trudeau regime. Gone is the largely secretive, even hostile approach undertaken by immigration officials in their case work, replaced by communication and, yes, even kindness.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

The case for limited-scope retainers

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The case for limited-scope retainersWhether your practice is transactional or litigation-focused, one area of burgeoning opportunity is in providing limited-scope legal services.  
How to respond to perceived racism by another lawyerAs lawyers, we are trained in dealing with conflict. But when that conflict takes the form of discrimination, we may be at a loss for words.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

Bad security has bad consequences

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Bad security has bad consequencesIn the 2002 thriller Minority Report, the pre-crime unit of the Washington police force could lawfully arrest suspects for future criminal activity based on the foreknowledge of certain psychic “pre-cogs” prior to any crime actually being committed.  
Neuroscience provides a case for docketing business development timeI can’t tell you how much time I spend encouraging people to docket their business development time.
Monday, 06 February 2017 11:42

Video: Finding his stage

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Video: Finding his stageFormer lawyer Michael Rubinoff chases his passion for theatre after retiring from law.
When are public documents too public?: A.T. v. Globe24h.com tests the limitsThere is no easy way to manage private facts in public documents, especially when the documents are posted online. For more than a decade, Canadian courts, tribunals and legal publishers have followed recommendations from the Canadian Judicial Council to shield court records from being easily accessed by search engines. This, it is felt, provides the needed balance between accessibility and privacy.
Seeing justice done: Sexual violence policies at universitiesLaws and policies governing inter-personal and group-based sexual violence, misconduct and harassment at many universities and colleges across Canada not only prevent participants from seeing whether justice is done, they also prohibit open inquiry and impede learning. Disturbingly, the trend is toward even less disclosure about findings and outcomes.
A lesson for Trump: Draco Dormiens Nunquam TitillandusThis is the motto of Hogwarts, the school from Harry Potter. Translated from Latin, it means “never tickle a sleeping dragon.”
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