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Bill to raise bar for JPs gaining traction among lawyers
Law Times
Less than a year after the Ontario government updated the way it appoints justices of the peace, an MPP is calling for changes aimed at raising the bar.

Lawyers warned to prepare for the worst

Law Times
When Toronto lawyer Lorisa Stein vowed to live a healthier lifestyle on New Year's Eve in 1992, she had no idea just how much her career as a family lawyer would change.

Why boards need to pay more attention to anti-corruption policies
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
If the headlines swirling around the alleged corruption at SNC-Lavalin don't have boards of directors asking a few questions about compliance programs in the companies they serve, it should, says the former head of Transparency International Canada.

Crown chided by appeal court for 'abusive' tactics
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has sent a message that it won't tolerate high-handed tactics by the Crown with the release of its decision in the United States v. Fafalios extradition case.

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Video: Service gap
Law Times
Ontario's needs to beef up protections for recipients of attendant services, participants at a Law Society of Upper Canada event heard last week.

Selling homes with basement suites a legal landmine

Law Times
Selling homes with basement apartments is an area filled with landmines given the plethora of illegal income properties in cities across Ontario, according to Toronto real estate lawyer Bob Aaron.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news for the week of June 11 in the Ontario Legal News Update with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Immigration lawyer receives Jubilee medal
Law Times
Immigration lawyer Chantal Desloges has received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Rethinking our approach to labour relations
Law Times, editorial
As Wisconsin voters were getting set to vote in favour of their labour-bashing governor in last week's recall election, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision that put a damper on union rights in this province.

Calm risk-takers will rule the world
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
If you're easily excited and not a mischief-maker, the world of in-house leadership is apparently not for you, writes Cheryl Foy in this month's Practising In-house.

The good, the bad, the ugly . . . and the silver lining
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
My 10 months of articling are almost up and I have to confess - my experience was good, bad, and even ugly at times, but there was a silver lining. Anita Goela shares her reflections as a legal aid articling student.



A class action must be preferable for systemic abuse cases
Canadian Lawyer, online
The decision denying certification of the Grenville Christian College abuse case stands in stark contrast to decisions of the Supreme Court and courts of appeal in Ontario and B.C., and with all due respect to the learned motions judge, I would argue that it is in error, comments Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column.

Losing faith in the separate school system
Law Times
Premier Dalton McGuinty has assured Ontario Catholics that full funding for the separate school system remains firmly in place, but the public at large is turning up the heat on the issue and the Supreme Court of Canada may end up making the decision politicians of all stripes fear, writes Ian Harvey in Inside Queen's Park.

Reincarnation for the legal bully-savant
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lawyer incivility, both in the office and in the courts, is the lead in our pipes, opines Lee Akazaki in The Accidental Mentor.

Lawyers challenged by the changing face of real estate
Law Times, online
There have been grumblings about real estate commissions for years. With housing prices continuing to grow along with the real estate agent's average commission of five per cent of the sale price, the real estate industry has seen significant changes, writes Monica Goyal in Bits & Bytes.


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This week's Law Times poll
Do you support MPP David Orazietti's private member's bill to require presiding justices of the peace to have five years' experience as a lawyer? Vote at Law Times.

25 Most Influential Lawyers
Just a few days left to have your say in this year's poll for the Top 25 Most Influential. There will be 5 lawyers chosen in each of the following 5 categories:

• Corporate-commercial, including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.
• Changemakers
• Criminal/Human Rights
• Government/non-profits/associations, including public inquiries and officers of Parliament
• Outliers: a catch-all category for anyone who's a lawyer and has been influential somehow over the past 18 months and doesn't fit into the above categories.

We are calling on our readers to make their picks from the list of accomplished nominees. The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have been played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian society in the last year to year and a half.

For more details and to cast your votes, visit the survey page. Poll closes on Thursday, June 14.


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