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Canadian Legal Newswire - Mar 7

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Quebec back-to-work bill 'unconstitutional'
Law Times
Back-to-work legislation that ended a legal strike by Quebec Crown prosecutors and government lawyers is unconstitutional, according to the leaders of two associations.

Mass disorder
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Laywer's March cover story looks at the mass arrests, mass court appearances, massive numbers of police, and calls for massive public inquiries — but few answers as to what was responsible for what happened at last summer's G20 summit.

Fears over new LSUC rules for trust accounts
Law Times
Innocent transactions could fall afoul of tightened rules on the use of trust accounts, some Law Society of Upper Canada benchers fear.

Ontario legislators look into TMX-LSE deal
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The CEOs of the Toronto and London stock exchanges told Ontario provincial legislators last week the merger of their two companies would benefit the province's financial industry and bring more jobs to Toronto. But members of the committee expressed concern Toronto would become a minority partner and lose status through the merger.



Back to basics
Canadian Lawyer
Lawyers are often not trained in the ways of business and end up getting into all kinds of money trouble. Who should be responsible for ensuring practitioners have some accounting literacy?

LSUC launches paralegal review
Law Times
Family lawyers are concerned after the Law Society of Upper Canada revealed it would use a decade-old report that backed paralegal calls to practise in that area as the basis for a promised review of the scope of their practice.

Burlew fires bull's-eye in defending firearms violation cases
Canadian Lawyer
Edward Burlew probably knows more about firearms-related legislation than most people.

My parents' keeper
Canadian Lawyer
With many adult children choosing to take on the responsibility of financially supporting a parent in need, elderly moms and dads heading to court to demand support from kids who are unwilling to pay has proved a rare situation across the country. But with Canada's population projected to rapidly accelerate over the next 25 years, lawyers are divided on whether parental-support cases could become a more prevalent trend.

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The art of the moot
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Do not fear, oral advocacy can be your friend.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 7 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Osgoode takes home IP moot prize
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
TA duo from Osgoode Hall Law School took the prize for top moot team at the third annual Harold G. Fox Moot.

Kopyto ordered to pay LSUC $10K
Law Times
Harry Kopyto must pay the Law Society of Upper Canada $10,000 in costs after abandoning a motion in his ongoing bid for a licence as a paralegal. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Public workers should heed climate of restraint
Law Times, editorial
As Wisconsin's governor continued his massive and unfair assault on workers' rights last week, Toronto Hydro Corp. launched a lawsuit to fight back against attempts to rein in compensation for its executives.

The only way for real answers
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
I say this reluctantly, but the questions surrounding the police actions during last summer's G20 summit in Toronto need to be answered and the current mishmash of reports, investigations, and internal probes will not properly shed light on what Ontario ombudsman André Marin, in his report on the so-called fence law, called "The most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history."

The real cost of new crime laws
Law Times
We knew that sooner or later, the chickens would be coming home to roost. It's happening now. They're going to be very expensive chickens, says Richard Cleroux in this week's The Hill.

M&A implications of new foreign worker regulations
Law Times
Corporate lawyers are used to calling in their employment-law colleagues to look at contracts and pensions experts to check the fine print. But what about the immigration implications of M&A deals? Immigration is the part of due diligence that often gets forgotten, writes immigration specialist Janet Bomza.

The court has let us down
Canadian Lawyer
In my last Top Court Tales, I picked R. v. Sinclair as the worst Supreme Court of Canada decision of 2010. Sinclair was pretty bad, on the wrong side of good sense and civil liberty, but as it turns out I jumped the gun. Sinclair looks good next to the egregious Reference re Assisted Human Reproduction Act, writes Philip Slayton.

Legal Feeds

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Feds announce 11 judicial appointments

Manilla back before LSUC appeal pane

Torys goes west

Appeal court says Parliament must decide future of infanticide defence

Addressing the question of privilege

Veta Richardson to succeed Krebs as head of ACC

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