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Ex-Crown loses $1M suit over promised judicial appointment
Law Times
A former Crown attorney who demanded more than $1 million in damages for what he said was a broken promise to appoint him to the bench has had his claim tossed out by a judge.

Should court give credit for strict bail conditions?
Law Times
The sentencing decision in a high-profile arson case may provide guidance on what kind of credit the court should give when a defendant is on strict bail conditions for a lengthy period awaiting trial.

Animal law group debuts at Western
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Pigs have rights too. And law students at the University of Western Ontario will advocate those rights - along with the rights of all other animals - through its newly formed animal law group.

Markham lawyer seeks disciplinary stay over 'fundamental unfairness'
Law Times
A Markham, Ont., lawyer facing disciplinary action over her debt-collection practice wants the Law Society of Upper Canada proceedings against her stayed over what she alleges is an abuse of process.

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Churchill Corp. recruits its first GC from Forzani
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The former general counsel of the Forzani Group, Evan Johnston, has taken on the role as in-house counsel for Calgary-based industrial construction company The Churchill Corp.

Nadeau offers guidance on refusal to deal
Law Times
Section 75 of the Competition Act allows parties that a supplier refuses to deal with a right of private access to the Competition Tribunal. On such an application, the Competition Bureau can, under certain circumstances, order a supplier to sell its product to the complainant.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of Sept. 19 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Kitchener lawyer to stand trial
Law Times
Kitchener, Ont., criminal defence lawyer Hal Mattson has been committed to stand trial on a charge of obstructing justice. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Editorial: Let's continue liberalization of alcohol laws
Law Times, editorial
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario offered welcome news for Ontarians when it decided it's OK for people to bring in alcohol from other provinces.

Innovate or abdicate
Canadian Lawyer, online
In my August 2010 column I included a brief section on innovation. Right up front let me disclose that like a blind pig finds an acorn occasionally, little did I know how important innovation was going to be to law firms in 2011, writes Stephen Mabey in this month's Definitely Mabey column.

Solution to bilingual judges issue falls short
Law Times
Some time during the next few weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will appoint two new judges to the bench of the Supreme Court but the bilingual question will continue to be an issue, writes Richard Cleroux in The Hill.

Scientology history could have more punch
Canadian Lawyer, online
Hugh Urban's history of the controversial Scientology movement is a good starting point for authors and academics who wish to review the legal, moral, and theological issues surrounding Scientology. But it might have been an even better book had he not decided to pull so many punches, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library review of The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion.

Keeping your head out of the sand
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Everyone being in the same but ultimately unknown boat makes life much easier when trying to mingle with 300 new faces. I can confidently say that being in undergrad for four years became quite routinized; everyone knew everyone. Law school is a whole new kettle of fish, writes University of Ottawa 1L student Monica Russell.

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Canadian Lawyer annual corporate counsel survey
Each year Canadian Lawyer surveys in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal department. This year we are focusing on particular aspects of the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms. The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer. The responses will also reported in InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year.

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