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Four delay rulings tossed
Law Times
A new ruling from the Ontario Superior Court has established a calculation for delay that at least one lawyer believes could increase the number of cases that languish in the system.

Landmark Indalex case goes to Supreme Court
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Insolvency and pensions experts are applauding the Supreme Court of Canada decision to grant leave to appeal in the decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in a case that put pensions before creditors.

Lawyers decry Ontario Superior Court registrar layoffs
Law Times
Several registrars who work for Superior Court masters are about to lose their jobs, a move that has the head of the Toronto Lawyers Association concerned about the effect on court operations.

Law firms ready for accessibility standards
Law Times
Law firms say they're ready as the deadline for new customer service standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act approaches.

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Windsor law sets The Rules for Movember
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Rule #14: A moustache is its own pickup line. Rule #36: A suit makes the boy, but a moustache makes the man.

Med-arb splits ADR community
Law Times
Harvey Kirsh is an arbitrator and mediator, but like many of his fellow alternative dispute resolution practitioners, the idea of reversing those two words in his title makes him a little uncomfortable.

More money for moots
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Montreal law firm Robinson Sheppard Shapiro has donated more than $230,000 to the law faculties of McGill University and the Université de Montréal in honour of the firm's 90th anniversary.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of December 5 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Law professor wins gold
Law Times
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has named Ottawa's Constance Backhouse the recipient of its 2011 gold medal for achievement in research. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Province strikes delicate balance in bullying law
Law Times, editorial
Schools face a difficult balancing act in addressing bullying. On the one hand is the obvious need to protect the victim. On the other hand, schools have a duty of care to the alleged perpetrators as well.

An enlightening read about first black woman judge in U.S.
Canadian Lawyer, online
We all get nostalgic for the good old days, but every once in a while you learn something that shows you just how far we've come. Until reading Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin, I didn't know the American Red Cross kept blood donated by white and black donors segregated until the 1940s, writes Damian Penny in his latest Law Library book review.

IRB influenced by politics
Law Times
The accusatory headline in the Ottawa Citizen was clear: "Ministerial chill eroding IRB: ex-chair," writes Richard Cleroux in The Hill this week.

The great CEAA debate
Canadian Lawyer, online
Few pieces of environmental legislation have aroused as much controversy in the country as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, writes Paul Cassidy.


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