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Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Plain and simple will boost access to justice

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Plain and simple will boost access to justiceI’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.
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

Opportunity is knocking

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Opportunity is knockingDuring 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, 12 October 2015 09:00

How’s your LinkedIn?

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How’s your LinkedIn?Surveys shows that 96 per cent of lawyers maintain a personal LinkedIn account. The question is now about how complete and differentiated your profile is and how are you integrating with your firm’s web site and other social media. It’s now about using it and monetizing it better than others.
Audits and administrative monetary penalty regime possible game-changersOn Dec. 1, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada will become the administrators of a new Administrative Monetary Penalty system meant to hold Canadian employers in check for compliance with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Monday, 28 September 2015 09:00

Video: Making Rain - Stay alert to your referrals

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Video: Making Rain - Stay alert to your referralsIn this month’s episode, executive coach Debra Forman of Pinstripe Coaching discusses the value and ongoing maintenance of referral relationships.
Monday, 28 September 2015 09:00

The responsibilites of citizens of the world

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The responsibilites of citizens of the worldIn 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.
Who are ‘Indians’ within Parliament’s legislative authority and why does it matter?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

Puppies, manners, and lawyering

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Puppies, manners, and lawyeringSummer 2015 brought a new puppy to our family. Her name is Luna and she is a Portuguese Water Dog. As one of my law partners so cleverly stated, “When you have kids, getting a family pet is not a matter of if — it’s a matter of when.”
Consumers must demand action on unified security standardsLast 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.
Good intentions, but what about practical implications of Swain?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.
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