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Cuts to Ontario’s justice system necessary to stave off rising debt: Drummond report
Law Times, online
Putting the federal government in charge of incarceration for sentences that are longer than six months, upgrading or replacing 117 deteriorating courthouses, and diverting less complex cases away from the province’s courts are just some of the changes cash-strapped Ontario will have to make if it hopes to avoid doubling its deficit by 2017-18, economist Don Drummond warned last week.

Copyright bill introduced but does it go far enough?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canada’s universities are urging swift passage of bill C-11, the copyright modernization act, which was sent to committee this week for review, but critics say there is still work to be done in the area of fair dealing.

Mining for new lawyers
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In keeping with its business law focus, Western University’s Faculty of Law is expanding its mining law and finance program thanks to a $750,000 donation from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.



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Lawyers call for reforms to bonding rules
Law Times
It’s time to bring Ontario’s bonding requirements on estate trustees into the 21st century, trusts and estates lawyers say.


Windsor law firm removed from record in $6.3M wrongful dismissal
Law Times, online
A Windsor, Ont. law firm has been removed as solicitors of record in a $6.3-million wrongful dismissal lawsuit launched by former Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital spokeswoman Kim Spirou after the Superior Court of Justice found the firm repeatedly ignored several conflicts of interest between one of its lawyers and the hospital’s former CEO, Warren Chant.

Laval named best team at Laskin moot
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Nearly every Canadian law school from coast to coast descended upon Moncton N.B., on Feb. 17 for the 27th annual Bora Laskin Moot. The faculty of law at the Université de Moncton hosted the longstanding bilingual competition.

Court rules law association did not discriminate
Law Times, online
The Superior Court of Justice has struck down a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruling that found the Peel Law Association discriminated against two Toronto lawyers and an articling student during a confrontation in 2008.

Divisional Court upholds Budd's disbarment
Law Times, online
The Divisional Court has upheld the disbarment of former lawyer and lobbyist Peter Budd, who was convicted of sexually exploiting two teenage sisters between 1998 and 2004. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week’s Inside Story.



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I’m a lawyer but I’d rather be a pirate
Canadian Lawyer, online
Roses are red
Violets are blue
The war on piracy
Will never be through, writes Sarah Dale-Harris in The IT Girl column.

iPad apps for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
A few months ago, I bought myself an iPad2. At first, I thought I would be using it primarily as my e-reader. However, as I started to become more familiar with the device, I realized it also had serious potential of being an effective and powerful tool in my law practice, writes David Paul in his Field Notes column.

Legal project management: Where IKEA meets law and the challenges implementing it
Canadian Lawyer, online
Legal project management is one of the more recent trends to affect the practice of law. Whether it is a passing fad, as its detractors dismiss, or here to stay, as its advocates would like, its implementation in law firms will ultimately depend on their clients’ will to have files managed according to project management principles, writes knowledge management lawyer Danielle Olofsson.

Five steps to client development success for lawyers
Canadian Lawyer, online
In keeping with this column’s intent of delivering practical sensible commentary/solutions to issues currently facing law firm management, I shared last month that I had invited a few folks to write on topics they were both passionate and knowledgeable about and this month’s column is the first one, writes Stephen Mabey in his Definitely Mabey column.

Working on not working
Canadian Lawyer, online
My January column was all about how to work. This month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how not to work (well, at scheduled intervals throughout the year). I’m taking my first official vacation as an associate this month, and I imagine many other first years have some winter holiday time booked, too, writes Lindsay Scott in her Trial by Fire column.

Boomerang a handy tool for busy lawyers
Law Times, online
If you use Gmail as your primary business e-mail provider, you may be interested in a new plugin for Firefox or Chrome called Boomerang, writes Monica Goyal in Bits & Bytes.



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