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Safety ruling turns heads
Law Times
The Divisional Court has ruled that employers' duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to report all fatal and critical injuries at a workplace extends beyond workers to members of the public when the incident arises from potential hazards or risks to employees.

Lawyer on hook for 40% of clients' costs award
Law Times
An Ottawa lawyer has been ordered to personally pay $72,000 towards the costs owed by two clients who unsuccessfully challenged a bilingual sign bylaw after a judge found his conduct in the case added to the cost of defending the action.

Strong opposition to paralegals in real estate
Law Times
The current review of the scope of paralegal practice by the Law Society of Upper Canada will consider paralegals' role in the real estate community.

Profession's reputation a lost cause, lawyers told
Law Times
Lawyers need to stop worrying about the profession's reputation with the public since it's a lost cause, according to a Bay Street lawyer and former politician.

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Survey shows diversity gap
Law Times
Toronto's visible minorities are trailing behind when it comes to legal sector leadership positions, says a new survey. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Dodd-Frank bounty rules to affect Canadian companies
InHouse, online
The recent approval of new whistleblower bounty rules by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has brought attention back to how the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will affect Canadian companies.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of June 13 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

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Editorial: Articling group must act quickly
Law Times
"The task force is convinced that the articling program cannot continue to drift." Those were the words from the Law Society of Upper Canada's licensing and accreditation task force consultation report a couple of years ago. But with a new working group on the way, the LSUC needs to move quickly on taking action on articling.

The Dirt: Krawchuk a big strike against disclosure statements
Law Times
Although it will probably become known as another stake in the heart of the so-called seller property information statement (also known as voluntary disclosure statements), the recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Krawchuk v. Scherbak also expands the scope of Realtor liability and expounds on some arguably counterintuitive doctrines in the law of damages, writes Jeffrey Lem in this week's The Dirt column.

Visions of leaders past and future
Canadian Lawyer, online
Margaret L. Waddell looks at recent Law Society of Upper Canada awards.

Women, rape, and peace
Canadian Lawyer, online
As long as women are only seen and dealt with as victims, they will not be allowed to participate in decision-making and other activities to protect women and children and move towards peace in situations of conflict, writes columnist Sonya Nigam.

What clients expect from a lawyer
4Students, online
Not every corporate client is cut from the same cloth, but learning to treat clients as individuals is critical to a lawyer's success, writes Mike Nienhuis.


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Top 25 Most Influential
In the second annual Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential, we gave our readers the chance to suggest who should be recognized and received some excellent responses from across the country. Those responses along with input from our internal panel of editors and writers form the basis for this year's lists of nominees, who span all practice areas and areas of the country. We are really impressed with the calibre and accomplishments of all of the lawyers who have made it into this voting round.

So who do you think are the most influential lawyers in Canada? Click here to have your say. Watch for the final list in the August 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer. Poll closes June 17.

Moves & Shakes

Keep up to date with Canadian Lawyer's online Moves and Shakes section. Send your announcements of new hires, lateral moves, mergers, breakups, award winners, appointments and any other news about yourself or your firm to Click here to read what your colleagues are up to. It's updated daily.


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