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Monday, 26 October 2015 08:00 Written by Ron Poulton
The Federal Court of Appeal in a decision rendered from the bench, dismissed the government appeal of a decision that its policy requiring women to remove their niqabs before taking the oath of Canadian citizenship was unlawful. The result of this decision is well known, but what lay behind it is perhaps a little less understood.
Monday, 19 October 2015 09:00 Written by Ben Hanuka
I installed Office 2016 on my PC the other weekend. It includes all key Office products, which in my case include Word, Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, Excel, and a few additional minor programs. To my surprise, there were no significant layout or functional changes so no learning curve was necessary.
I’ve just finished my first year as an administrative law judge. My title is deputy chief commissioner of Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies Commission. Our commission hears appeals from Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies Branch. For some hearings, I sit alone; for some I chair a panel of three commissioners. Most of our hearings take about half a day. Personally, I handle more than 200 hearings a year.
During my term representing the Ontario Bar Association, I met many individuals keen on the possibility of working in a sole and small firm, and willing to relocate to do so. There were law and articling students, lawyers wanting to leave a big firm, and others lawyers moving to Canada. But few knew how to proceed other than by following up on the few job ads posted.