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Dissent on articling task force
Law Times
Raising concerns about the potential for a two-tiered system under a new licensing option for law graduates, a minority on the Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force is rejecting last week's proposal for a law practice program in favour of doing away with articling altogether.

New judge known for political links, colourful comments
Law Times
With the recent appointment of a former Conservative MPP, the federal government has now named at least a dozen people to the Ontario Superior Court in the past two years who have links to the Conservative party either as former candidates or elected politicians or through political donations.

Judges get pay hike but no extra boost for appeal courts
Law Times
The federal government has rejected a recommendation by the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission that would see appeal court judges paid better than their counterparts in the trial courts.



What's the secret sauce in-house is looking for?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Law firms looking to gain the attention of in-house counsel would be wise to get a true sense of what their clients really need and build the "emotional intelligence" within their firms to create an intuitive culture of great service.

Articling task force proposes parallel licensing systems
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada's articling task force has released its highly anticipated final report, but with dissenting views.

Lawyers advised to brush up on digital assets
Law Times
The move to keeping information online is creating new issues for estates.

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Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of October 22 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Toronto lawyer joins diversity program
Law Times
Baker & McKenzie LLP partner Donna Walwyn is the first Canadian participant in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's fellows program. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



A reasonable compromise
Law Times, editorial
Given that the profession wasn't quite ready to let go of articling along with the countervailing need for change, the proposal for a pilot project is a reasonable one.

Time for law schools to face the music
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Part of the solution to the articling crisis should be scaling back class sizes at law schools. If there are too many students seeking too few positions, schools ought to admit fewer students, opines Cameron Bryant.

Officials must stop demonizing Omar Khadr
Law Times
The Khadr case raises concerns about disrespect by Canadian government officials for our courts, the UN human rights system, and, indeed, the rights of all of us. Canadian ministers and officials must start treating Khadr in accordance with Canadian and international law, argues Catherine Morris in this week's Speaker's Corner.

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Foreign-listed issuers subject to Ontario Securities Act
Canadian Lawyer, online
Last March, the Ontario Court of Appeal provided guidance on the proper territorial sphere of the Ontario Securities Act, holding that an issuer whose securities are not publicly traded in Canada can be subject to a statutory cause of action by purchasers in the Canadian secondary market, writes Class Acts columnist Kirk Baert.

The second-year hunt
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It takes courage to withstand the pressure that goes along with OCIs. I admire my classmates who knew what they wanted (or what they didn't want) and stuck with it, writes Rebecca Lockwood in this month's Ab Initio column.

The great debate
Canadian Lawyer, online
This year's topic at the BCLI/Boughton Great Debate is whether the HST should be brought back to B.C. after having been voted "out" through a referendum that the provincial government didn't really bother to participate in, writes Tony Wilson in his Letter from Law Law Land column.

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