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Monday, 26 September 2016 09:00

Bon Camino: finding community far away from mine

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Bon Camino: finding community far away from mineLife in law seems never to stop. Court deadlines, new files, new rules, complex trials, changing legislation, clients needs, family time outs . . . the old adage “the defence never rests” really applies to most of us in this profession. But if not a rest, perhaps a change might work. Enter the Camino.
Monday, 26 September 2016 09:00

Three tips to help you leverage social media

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Three tips to help you leverage social mediaSocial media is a reasonably new as a tool for lawyers. It has actually been around for more than a decade, but since we are notorious for not being early adopters of new ideas or technologies, it emerged much later than that as a marketing and business development force in the legal sector.
We know nothing: The real lesson of Oudin v. Le Centre Francophone de Toronto, Inc.
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that has the employment law bar abuzz is a lesson for all lawyers about the limits to both our knowledge and our powers of prediction.
Monday, 26 September 2016 09:00

My first trial — San Pellegrino blues, Part 1

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My first trial — San Pellegrino blues, Part 1Monday morning, 8:34 a.m.
Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in a post-TRC worldCentennial fever gripped Canada in 1967. The national celebration of our country’s 100th birthday left Canadians with rich physical legacies, such as concert halls and cultural centres, and, more importantly, a deep sense of civic pride and regional dynamism. But there seems to be little excitement about Canada’s 150th birthday. Few institutions or people are asking, “How can we ensure that 2017 fosters pride and an engaged citizenry?” 
Judging the judges – the public’s right to an impartial judiciary is paramountFrom opening submissions at the Camp Inquiry, it was evident that two competing interests were at play. First, the personal interest of Justice Robin Camp to remain a justice of the Federal Court of Canada, and second, the public’s interest in having a judiciary that acts with integrity and without discrimination, in which it can have confidence. 
Monday, 19 September 2016 09:00

Cameras in court: Be careful what you wish for

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Cameras in court: Be careful what you wish forSome would have you believe that trials in Canada are secret affairs that take place behind locked doors in deserted courtrooms and that the Star Chamber is alive and well in Canada. They would have you think that evidence is concealed from the public, and judges are black boxes — their decisions inaccessible and undecipherable to the larger community, and only the bright light of television cameras and public broadcasts will cure these ills.
Identity politics in the SCC (from the Eye of the Newfie Beholder)In June, Donald Trump claimed that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University, was biased because of his Mexican heritage. 
Client “personas”— Why you want to understand who you’re talking toI don’t know why I woke up in the middle of the night reciting an old English fortune-telling rhyme:
Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Sailor,
Rich Man, Poor Man,
Beggar Man, Thief.
iPads can save time and money in a small law firmSince the introduction of the iPad and tablets, businesses have developed novel ways to incorporate these devices into the delivery of their services. Some restaurants use them to replace paper menus, enabling customers to view photos of every dish and place orders, or as wine lists, allowing searches by geographical area or varietal. Some hotels offer tablets loaded with relevant applications to help travellers make the most of their trip, and airlines offer them for personalized in-flight entertainment.
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