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Monday, 26 October 2015 09:00

The barbaric cultural practices tip line

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The barbaric cultural practices tip lineThe following is a telephone conversation that might have happened but didn’t.

1-800-Turn-them-in: Hello, you've reached the Barbaric Cultural Practices Tip Line.

Caller: Is this where I can make a report under the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act?
Monday, 26 October 2015 08:00

Niqab or no niqab; security is not the question

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Niqab or no niqab; security is not the questionThe 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, 26 October 2015 08:00

Here comes the ‘son’

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Here comes the ‘son’I am writing this on October 20, 2015. I feel like someone gave me my country back. It seemed throughout the day there was this sense of music in the air, something joyful, tangible, and real. Democracy was unwrapped in Canada.
Monday, 26 October 2015 08:00

Negotiating the (successful) exit

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Negotiating the (successful) exitAs the trees blaze colour and our nights grow crisper, I am reminded that along with post-season baseball, it’s deal time! Fourth-quarter technology transactions are in full swing as parties race to sign technology agreements and put in place new technology systems before year-end.
Office 2016: revolutionary sharing and collaborationI 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.
Monday, 19 October 2015 09:00

Survey shows gender gap in in-house income

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Base salary by gender. Source: 2015 ACC Global Census
Base salary by gender. Source: 2015 ACC Global Census
If almost half of all lawyers working in-house are women, why does it appear that 69 per cent of them are earning less than their male colleagues?
Monday, 19 October 2015 09:00

Don’t be constrained by a title

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Don’t be constrained by a titleThe interesting part of writing a column such as this is that I often receive questions or am approached by people seeking advice about their legal career. I am always glad to help, but I also warn them that the advice is only worth as much as I charge them for it, which is nothing.
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Lawyers and liability in Mraz v. Herman

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Lawyers and liability in Mraz v. HermanThe recent decision by Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice W.P. Sullivan in Mraz v. Herman succinctly disposes of claims made against two Alberta lawyers.
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Plain and simple will boost access to justice

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Plain and simple will boost access to justiceI’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.
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Opportunity is knocking

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Opportunity is knockingDuring 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.
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