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Monday, 16 July 2012 10:27 Written by Stephen Mabey
The art of leadership (not a science for sure) continues to be a well-documented topic across all industry segments, but like most critical success factors there is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answer. The leadership traits required to successfully lead a mechanized, goods-oriented entity are different in certain aspects than those required in a professional service industry.
Looking through some old files of mine recently, I came across a white paper I wrote in the summer of 2007 entitled “Insights on Issues Facing Canadian Lawyers,” a 14-page information piece designed to provide some clarity on common financial challenges faced by members of the legal community. The motivation for writing the paper was a report to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004 called “The Contemporary Legal Profession in Ontario — A Report to the Law Society of Upper Canada.”
Monday, 25 June 2012 11:22 Written by Debra Forman
One might be tempted to argue that the most important Canadian news story of the past two months was federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair badmouthing Western Canada in general (and the Alberta oilsands in particular) for raising the value of the Canadian dollar at the expense of all those (unionized) manufacturing jobs in Ontario and Quebec.
On June 14, while the House of Commons was wading its way through its marathon voting session, I attended a meeting held in the Parliamentary Restaurant organized by NDP MP Paul Dewar and the Nobel Women’s Initiative to launch the NWI and Just Associates new report “From Survivors to Defenders: Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.”
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:39 Written by Thomas Slade
The Federal Court of Appeal held that a legally unsophisticated party can be barred for missing a deadline because they used regular mail to ask a lower tribunal for reconsideration. While the outcome is harsh for parties before the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, the court held the restrictive interpretation was entirely in line with the ordinary meaning of the regulation.
I am all for technology as a means to an end — particularly if that end benefits the many as opposed to only the few — and innovation that contributes to the improvement of quality of life is unquestionably something we need more of, particularly if it improves the lives of people living in developing countries.