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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Margaret_L_Waddell.jpgThe particular challenges inherent in misclassification class actions were highlighted in the recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal upholding the denial of certification in Brown v. CIBC.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:43

Presentations of the less-scripted variety

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgAs lawyers, many of us are often called to make a presentation of an issue or an argument in one form or another; be it internally in a firm, for a client, for an industry group, as part of a CLE, or even in court or during an arbitration.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgLast month, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision in which it held that a representative plaintiff in a class action need not have a cause of action against each named defendant, as long as members of the class held a cause of action against each named defendant.
Friday, 03 October 2014 11:09

Apology

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The Canadian Lawyer team would like to apologize for the image on our September 2014 cover. The image was intended to reinforce the subject of the cover article — the lack of transparency in the judicial appointments process and the resulting limited diversity on the bench — but as we have heard from a number of readers, it conveyed a very different message and undermined this important discussion.
 
As such, we have elected to remove the image from our September issue for as long as it lives online.
 
The editorial team at Canadian Lawyer is committed to a continued dialogue on diversity and all issues relevant to advancing the Canadian legal profession. This has always been at the core of our mission, and we remain committed to this now and into the future.
 
We thank our readers who cared enough to share their opinions on this important issue, and we sincerely hope that they remain faithful to our magazine.
 
Yours truly,
 
Gail J. Cohen
Editor in Chief
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Value your time

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_October_Making_Rain_55.jpgIn this month’s episode, executive coach Debra Forman discusses focusing your efforts on how you bill and value your time. Time should be your biggest ally as it is your dearest asset. Bottom line, you always want to be engaged and focused.
Canadian Lawyer is very concerned about the reaction from some members of the bar to the cover of our September issue. We regret the image has been interpreted in a way that was never our intention.

The intent of the cover was to illustrate a woman waiting and having to bide her time trying to figure out the password or key to get through a locked door, consistent with the theme of the article. The figure behind the door with a speakeasy-type slider is in the shadows, representing the gatekeeper of the establishment/old order looking askew at this person trying to break the code and get into the private club (ie: the bench).

Canadian Lawyer is well known for our promotion and support of diversity issues in the profession and in no way was the image on the cover meant to harken back to old stereotypes or implied threats of danger. The door represents the barrier to a private club and not a prison cell showing “an apparently incarcerated black man glaring at a white woman,” as some readers have suggested.

That said, Canadian Lawyer sincerely regrets that the image was seen as reinforcing negative stereotypes. We do appreciate the input of our readers and value all opinions. Going forward, the editorial team will take all possible steps to be more sensitive and aware of how images may be interpreted.

Yours truly,
Gail J. Cohen
Editor in Chief
Monday, 22 September 2014 08:00

The right to free speech — or not?

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Freedom From Speech by Greg Lukianoff, pp. 48, US$5.99, Encounter Books, 2014.
Freedom From Speech by Greg Lukianoff, pp. 48, US$5.99, Encounter Books, 2014.
It used to be that people waited until they were actually offended to take action against something that offended them, but Carleton University student Arun Smith has no time for such details. When a “free-speech wall” upon which anyone could write any opinion was erected at his school last year, Smith promptly tore it down. When the wall went back up, he did it again.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIn January 2015, Canada will roll out the new “express-entry” program. This is being touted as a new and improved way to support economic immigrants interested in coming to Canada.
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:18

Be present, practise better

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgThis is a column I’ve been meaning to write for some time, and since the fall is usually my busiest time of year, there’s no time like the present. Which is sort of the point of this article: how mindfulness, meditation, and “being present” has benefited my law practice.
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:00

How to break into the field of health law

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Lisa_Feldstein.JPGI was fortunate to be able to enter the field of health law as a law student; most are not so lucky. As such, I meet with students and junior lawyers regularly to discuss health law and how to get into the field. It is my way of paying my good luck forward.
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