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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_cuming_gillespie.jpgThe increasing use of social media presents unique opportunities and challenges for lawyers and judges alike in litigation. Social networking sites such as Facebook have become a tool for gleaning information about a plaintiff’s circumstances. In an action in which the claimant’s physical and mental ability to carry out tasks of daily living, to work, and to enjoy leisure activities are in issue, the information gained from user-posted photos and comments can be remarkable.
Monday, 08 October 2012 09:00

So you wanna invest some money . . .

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Would you suggest that a client walk into a courtroom without legal representation? Probably not. The same applies to financial advice. As a financial adviser, I want my clients to use my counsel for any and every financial decision they make. Many people manage their own money, and some even do OK; it depends on the circumstances. I recently came across an interesting article called “The Probability of Success.” In it, the author, William Bernstein, gives an interesting perspective for people who want to manage their own investments. In this article I briefly summarize the four “ingredients” Bernstein suggests the do-it-yourself investor needs to be a successful at managing their own money.

On May 16, tuition protesters stormed into law classes at the University of Quebec in Montreal. The law students had obtained an injunction allowing them to continue attending lectures despite the protestors blocking access to classes. Within the equivalent of a nursery for future lawyers, a group of masked students from other faculties breached the court order and demanded the law students leave their lecture halls.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgIt is one thing to write an academic critique of the Genocide Convention, or to debate the merits of different forms of transitional justice; it is another thing altogether to be present in a courtroom, trying to comprehend that a small, unthreatening-looking man sitting calmly only a few feet away is the same person accused of participating in a mass slaughter of human beings.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_rafael-fabregas.jpgThe Government of Canada recently introduced changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Regulations that could potentially affect the multicultural make-up of Canada. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the proposed changes to the selection process were a result of “an extensive program evaluation, [and] stakeholder and public consultations, as well as other research.” However, the announcement does not indicate whether CIC conducted any analysis on the impact these changes may have on Canadian multiculturalism.
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margaret-waddell.jpgAn article entitled “Alberta judge fights to take back the legal system” in The Globe and Mail drew my attention to a powerful decision from Alberta’s Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke issued in late September. In Meads v. Meads, Rooke pointed his gavel squarely at the elephant in the courtroom and called it for what it is. What followed were detailed and pointed reasons for decision in plain language, in which he identified the pervasive problem of self-represented litigants who follow a prepared modus operandi to disrupt the court system.
Friday, 28 September 2012 09:03

Video: Law Practice Management Video 4: Articling

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2012_September_cl-lfm_roundtable.jpgIn the final of four videso from Canadian Lawyer’s roundtable series law firm management, moderated by editorial director Gail J. Cohen and sponsored by the Phoenix Legal Group, our panel of lawyer and non-lawyer management gurus examine the growing articling crisis. This hot topic is on the minds of many law students and continues to be a vexing issue for the profession.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2012_September_making_rain_31.jpgLast month's episode discussed the importance of listening and hearing.  As it takes two to communicate, this month's executive coach Debra Forman looks at the speaker's side of the interaction: getting your message out clearly so the listener will focus and act on your words.

 

Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:58

Silver v. Imax: A retreat from Timminco

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirk_baert.jpgLast August, Ontario Superior Court Justice Katherine M. van Rensburg narrowed the scope of the Court of Appeal for Ontario’s decision in Sharma v. Timminco Ltd. by affirming the court’s authority to grant leave nunc pro tunc, or with retroactive effect, to the plaintiffs’ secondary market disclosure claims in order to avoid the expiry of a limitation period.
Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:39

Progress and backlash over same-sex marriage

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2012_September_closettoaltar-cvr.jpgIn 1957, a prominent American group denounced homosexuality as “socially heretical or deviant,” and determined that laws against it posed no constitutional problems. That organization: the American Civil Liberties Union. For years thereafter, “sodomy” was a criminal offence in every state.
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