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Charter remains a living tree 30 years on
Law Times
Canada has lived under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the last three decades, but constitutional lawyers and legal experts say the battle to define its parameters is far from over.

U of T may do away with letter grades
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is considering changing its grading system. Rather than receive an A, B, or C letter grade, students would be given a high honours, honours, pass, low pass, or fail rating.

Immigration lawyers reeling
Law Times
Immigration lawyers are reeling from a host of changes that are radically revamping Canada's immigration system within a short period of time.

New coaching program 'really filling a gap'
Law Times
A new career-coaching program for female lawyers on extended leave is "really filling a gap for women," according to a member of the Women's Law Association of Ontario board.



Early resolution a developing area for class actions
Law Times
As Canadian class actions mature and their strategic focus shifts from certification to trial, early resolution becomes more effective as a cost- and time-saving alternative.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 16 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Noted Winnipeg lawyer dies
Law Times
Alan Sweatman, founding member of Winnipeg law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, has died at the age of 91. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



What's Kenney's beef with lawyers?
Law Times
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney cracked a cornball lawyer joke the other day to make a point about the shortage of skilled trades in Canada. Everybody likes lawyer jokes. It doesn't mean Kenney hates lawyers, at least not all the time, writes Richard Cleroux.

Wildrose's human rights platform should get vigorous debate
Canadian Lawyer, online
Jennifer Koshan analyzes the Wildrose Alliance Party's proposed changes to the Human Rights Act and raises some concerns.

Money on my mind
Canadian Lawyer, online
First-year associate Lindsay Scott talks money in this month's Trial by Fire column.

Spam by any other name is still spam
Canadian Lawyer, online
IT Girl Sarah Dale-Harris dissects the federal government's new controversial, onerous, and potentially unconstitutional anti-spam legislation.



Notice is a two-way street
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Ontario's highest court recently upheld an award for nearly $20 million in damages against four key employees who quit their jobs with only two weeks' notice. The decision is an important reminder to in-house counsel that the obligation to provide reasonable notice is a two-way street, writes Carol Chan.

iPad apps for lawyers: part II
Canadian Lawyer, online
David Paul gives his take on a few more iPad applications for lawyers.

Time for a new approach to decision-making
Canadian Lawyer, online
The legal industry has become paralyzed with the need to collect mountains of data in order to facilitate the decision-making process. What this has done has not necessarily led to better decision-making, but rather made us as a professional-services industry slow and non-competitive, writes Stephen Mabey.

Dramatic immigration reforms necessary
Law Times
While immigration lawyers are legitimately concerned about the pace of change to the immigration system, the government is on the right track with many of the recent reforms.


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