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Can lawyers represent their kids?
Law Times
Can lawyers represent their children in court? That was a key question in an Ontario Superior Court decision granting leave to appeal following Justice Heather McGee's interlocutory order banning a mother from representing her son in family court earlier this year.

Questions raised about jury notice naming accused
Law Times
The courts in Barrie, Ont., are facing new questions about irregularity in the jury selection process in the recent prosecution of two defendants charged with fraud.

McGill law dean to investigate violent student protest
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The dean of law at McGill University in Montreal will conduct an investigation into a massive student protest on Nov. 10 that turned violent.

Nicholson responds to omnibus critics
Law Times
Responding to critics who say he's needlessly cracking down on low-level offenders like recreational marijuana users, federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson defended his omnibus crime bill before lawyers in Toronto last week.



CN Rail, TD get nod for transparency to shareholders
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance has released its annual best practices guide for proxy disclosure and recognized three companies specifically for their efforts to provide transparent information to shareholders.

Tribunal case sends shivers
Law Times
A recent decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal is sending shivers through the business community with a tough approach to polluters' responsibility to ensure that subsequent owners clean up the site.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 21 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Lawyer succeeds in appealing disbarment
Law Times
Toronto lawyer David Robert Conway has successfully appealed his disbarment by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Let's compromise on Occupy camps
Law Times, editorial
Should governments be removing Occupy protesters from their camps? That's been a key question as cities began issuing orders to clear the various sites that have sprung up across Canada.

I think what we have here is a failure to communicate
Canadian Lawyer, online
Waiting until you're being sued, terminated, or divorced before acknowledging that there might be a problem is, I think we can all agree, not the ideal approach to communication, writes Sarah Dale-Harris, The IT Girl.

Bill C-10: Where is the science to support the legislation?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her Human Rights . . . Here & There column, Sonya Nigam asks where is the science the government is using to support its omnibus crime bill's new mandatory minimum sentences and changes to the youth justice system.

Gun registries may survive new law
Law Times
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was the last person Primer Minister Stephen Harper should have sent to a House of Commons committee last Tuesday, comments Richard Cleroux in his The Hill column.

Business-like tools
Canadian Lawyer, online
Businesses seem to have a never-ending supply of "management tools" with which they manage their affairs. Many, if not most, are adaptable to the legal profession, however rarely do you hear of law firms using them to manage their businesses, says Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column this month.

Sale of a business: Don't forget to address HR issues
Canadian HR Reporter, online
HR issues often left to the very last minute — meaning buyers could be getting more than they bargained for, writes Stuart Rudner in this week's blog.

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