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I’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.
During 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.
Monday, 28 September 2015 12:21 Written by Jennifer Nees
Monday, 28 September 2015 09:00 Written by Bill Trudell
In a recent fascinating interview in the Financial Times, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, recounted his horrifying experience as a six-year-old Korean refugee who later came to idealize the UN as a “beacon” of hope in the world.
Monday, 28 September 2015 09:00 Written by Jason Madden
On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments from Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Métis Nation, First Nations, and other groups in Daniels v. Canada. The Daniels case ― initiated by well-known Métis leader Harry Daniels in 1999 ― will hopefully lead to Canada revisiting its arbitrary and exclusionary policies towards Métis and non-status Indians (i.e., members of First Nations who are not able to register as “status Indians” under the Indian Act).
Monday, 21 September 2015 09:00 Written by Lisa R. Lifshitz
Last month, I wrote about the Internet of Things and how, while it can offer tremendous benefits, all that connectivity can come with risks. In this column, I look at some of the concerns about security flaws in manufactured devices that have recently made headlines.
Monday, 14 September 2015 10:17 Written by Gillian Hnatiw
Mandatory retirement policies are touchy subjects for most equity partnerships. On the one hand, they can result in partners who built a firm, or at least made it run for many decades, being forced out. On the other hand, they help ensure there is room in the partnership for upcoming legal talent who will sustain and grow the firm’s business for years to come.