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You say you want a resolution? A mediator reflects and regretsNew Year’s resolutions are made to be broken — or at least revisited — even if they are not, technically, “resolutions.”
Strong, compelling personal profiles — why it pays off and how to get startedIt’s that time of year when we make New Year’s resolutions and clean up after the holidays. What better time to establish a new habit? Book a recurring meeting with yourself each month to update and freshen up your profile.    
Monday, 09 January 2017 09:00

Three ways to improve your practice in 2017

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Three ways to improve your practice in 2017Do you make New Year's resolutions for your practice? This exercise can be a valuable opportunity to make meaningful changes in your firm. The following are three resolutions to consider for 2017.
Video: Mental health within the legal professionMental trauma often plagues legal professionals, but there is help available.
Globe and Mail columnist hates B.C., wants rampant cancer and every whale deadThe headline above is a “word-for-word” tweet from someone who didn’t like Gary Mason’s column in The Globe and Mail on Dec. 2, called The Rest of Canada Needs Pipelines. It’s worth a read. Mason’s argument is that in Alberta, tens of thousands of people have been out of work for almost two years and have used up their EI benefits and are now on welfare.
Many will lose their homes to foreclosure. Oil workers in Newfoundland have been affected as well.
People in Vancouver, he says, “need to get out of their idyllic little bubbles and see how things are in the rest of the country. Not everyone has locked into a small fortune as a result of home ownership. Many people across this country live day to day.”
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 09:00

Storytelling mastery: Why it matters to lawyers

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Storytelling mastery: Why it matters to lawyersThroughout history, people of influence have recognized stories as a highly effective means of creating connection, loyalty and trust among people, making ideas memorable and persuading and inspiring people into some kind of action.
It’s time to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian ActIn early December, two Parliamentary standing committees heard submissions on Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration), which represents yet another chapter in the struggle for equal treatment by indigenous women denied Indian status under the Indian Act
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Use your illusion – a Halloween extravaganza

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Use your illusion – a Halloween extravaganzaThere was quite the surprise waiting for me when I got into the elevator this morning: the Lucky Charms leprechaun!
Compellable, comshmellable . . . what’s in self-incriminationImmigration law is one of the few areas of law, maybe the only one, in which people whom the state seeks to penalize or sanction, even imprison, are forced to testify against themselves. This seems inconsistent with every value we have concerning the protection of an accused and a healthy mistrust of the state. But there it is; in proceedings before the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the person concerned is compellable to testify. 
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Don’t blame crown attorneys for court delays

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Don’t blame crown attorneys for court delaysThe central thrust of Michael Spratt’s latest article is that the solution to Ontario’s overburdened criminal justice system is for the political wing of government to “reign in” what the author says are complacent, possessive and overzealous prosecutors.
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