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Monday, 19 December 2011 09:48 Written by David A. Paul
Lawyers, particularly those new to the practice, often wonder whether they should be charging an initial consultation fee. The dilemma is obvious: lawyers want to get new clients in the door but, at the same time, also want to be paid for their services.
On Nov. 25, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre had the privilege of hosting the leader of the Achuar people of Peru, Peas Peas Ayui. There are 11,000 Achuar people who live in the Peruvian Amazon. Ayui is the newly elected leader of the National Achuar Federation, representing 42 Achuar communities. He came to speak about his request to Talisman Energy Inc. to not drill for oil on Achuar land. Gregor MacLennan, the Peru program co-ordinator for Amazon Watch provided interpretation and participated in the question and answer session that followed.
Throw out the law that has been piling up since Smells Like Teen Spirit charted in 1991. Never to be heard again from the mouths of litigators are the names Pizza Pizza, Irving Ungerman, and Aguonie. And consign the cases under the new Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 20 decided in 2010 and 2011 to the dustbin of history.
Few pieces of environmental legislation have aroused as much controversy in the country as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Non-governmental environmental groups, industry actors, and politicians have frequently weighed in on CEAA’s strengths and weaknesses ever since the act was proclaimed in the early 1990s. Now, with a statutory review of CEAA underway by Parliament’s standing committee on the environment and sustainable development, a forum has been created for all of these interested parties to express their views. The testimony to date has provided some surprising confluence of views that CEAA should be reformed, and what is needed in that reform.
Sunday, 04 December 2011 11:05 Written by Damian J. Penny
|Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin by Jacqueline A. McLeod University of Illinois Press, 2011|
Monday, 28 November 2011 10:59 Written by Debra Forman
Since Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure were amended in January 2010, summary judgment has become a far more attractive option than it was before. Gone are the heightened cost consequences imposed upon the losing party, and courts have been given stronger forensic tools to assess the cases before them. Given these changes, practitioners are now far more likely to counsel their clients to consider a motion for summary judgment than they were before the rule change.