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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.  
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.
Dear lawyers, legal professionals and law students: A letter to all of us on the front linesOur time has finally come.
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.
Monday, 30 January 2017 09:00

Pulp friction

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Pulp frictionOne, two, three, four, five and six diagonal strides; one, two, three and four double poles. Now don’t forget to breathe. Thanks to my trusty, freshly waxed wooden Rossignols, my ascent of Mount Royal is proceeding apace.
Now is the time to improve the Canada-U.S. trade relationshipU.S. President Donald Trump’s first official attempts to “Make America Great Again” immediately impacted the Canada-U.S. business community. In his first week in office, the president issued a dizzying number of orders and memoranda to immediately launch his transformative agenda.
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.”
Age-old realities: a woman’s place in Toronto’s Bay StreetOne day some months ago, while interviewing for articling positions in the heart of Toronto’s Bay Street, I overheard a remark that, in a single instant, helped me understand the social barriers women still potentially face — particularly, and possibly even more so, on Bay Street. After meeting with a female candidate, I overheard chuckles and laughs from her male interviewee, who so casually remarked, “That girl needs to wear some makeup. She’ll never be a respected lawyer if she looks like that.”
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