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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_calder-johnson.jpgIn June 2015, after seven years of collecting evidence the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its 388-page executive summary, centred on the TRC’s 94 recommendations and written as a call to action.
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

Moving in the right direction

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn June 10, the Ontario government announced it would be introducing new legislation this fall to address perceived shortcomings in the Personal Health Information Protection Act, which governs the protection of personal health information in Ontario.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Pascale-Daigneault.jpgWhen my husband and I started our law firm, he brought with him his experienced, existing staff. However they eventually moved on and new staff had to be hired. A task for which I had little experience.
Monday, 08 June 2015 08:00

A take on presumption of prejudice

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Gillian-Hnatiw.jpgAs a litigator, there are many things that wake me at 2 a.m. Sometimes, it’s my arguments for an upcoming motion where I know I will have an uphill battle. Other times, it’s a pending meeting with a difficult client who is not going to like what I have to say, though I am duty-bound to say it. (And let’s be honest — a lot of the time, it’s my kids.)
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_May_Making_Rain_63.jpgThis month, executive coach Debra Forman discussed taking ownership internal and external demands and pressures and personally challenging and proactively nominating yourself to improve or push your limits to attain success.
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Judges in a (St) Cloud

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgThe recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. St-Cloud has created a buzz in the profession.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_allison_speigel.jpgMost lawyers will tell you it is impossible to bill on a flat-fee basis. They will claim “our work is too customized” or “there are far too many unknowns to ever predict cost.” Surprisingly, these same lawyers also pitch that they “are experts in their field” and “have handled many cases just like yours.”
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Why tech deals fail

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgThere is nothing like the feeling of satisfaction, coupled with equal parts of relief, when a technology deal finally closes. From the congratulatory e-mails to closing dinners, parties that have just concluded a technology deal are like honeymooners during the first flush of their romance, eager, hopeful, and expectant of great things.
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:00

Making time to give back

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgIt seems that time is the most valuable and scarce resource I have at the moment. Ironically, I often spend a significant chuck of my time trying to make more of it.
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:00

Commentary on the Compact

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Brahm-Siegel.jpgLast week, I outlined the Compact, a simple set of standard procedures I propose be used in all cases involving marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. They are nothing more than seven steps to be followed by lawyers retained on these sorts of files.
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