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Mattson sues police for Tim Hortons arrest
Law Times
A prominent Kitchener, Ont., lawyer says "a lingering odour of malcontent" over his arrest for obstruction of justice at a Tim Hortons in 2010 has prompted him to launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against local police.

OLAP not going quietly as LSUC finds replacement
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada's recent choice of a third-party provider to replace the Ontario Lawyers' Assistance Program may avoid leaving up to 800 recovering lawyers stranded without help for their personal problems, but the organization left on the sidelines by the move isn't going out quietly.

Battling it out to be the Big Moustache On Campus
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For many of the students at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law - from the baby-faced to the hirsute - November is a very special time.

SCC says labour board was right all along
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the original decision of the Alberta Labour Relations Board in a case involving the complexities of unionized and non-unionized construction workers in the province.



Bilingual judges may face assessment to prove language skill
Law Times
Future bilingual Ontario judges may have to prove their French-language competency through an objective assessment as the Ministry of the Attorney General acts on recommended improvements to access to justice in French.

Unlimited appeal rights growing in popularity
Law Times
The lawyers in a long-running divorce case say arbitrations with unlimited rights of appeal are growing in popularity as family law litigants prioritize control and speed of the process ahead of finality.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of December 3 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

LSUC fees to rise
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada is raising its annual fee by 1.4 per cent. As a result, the fee for a practising lawyer will increase by $25 to $1,851 from $1,826. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Hackland and the rule of law
Law Times, editorial
Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland's remedy in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's conflict of interest case was obviously drastic. While some people may not like it, that's what the law requires even when the respondent is a wealthy and powerful politician.

Legal profession in turmoil: Let's blame the law schools
Canadian Lawyer, online
Ontario's law schools did not cause and cannot cure the articling crisis. They cannot alone address the profession's training objectives. The law schools could work as equal partners in co-operation with the profession to help address real problems, argues Bruce Feldthusen, dean of the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

Critical supplier's hard-ball queue jumping pays off
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Foreign critical suppliers may be able to extract payment in full, for amounts owed to them by a debtor company in a Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act filing, by virtue of their location in a foreign country and the critical nature of the goods or services that they supply, writes Michael Atlas.



Courts should be able to review private school expulsions
Law Times
We must recognize that the state has, through legislation, delegated the centrally important government function of education to both public and private schools. Decisions of such bodies that interfere with a student's right to education and are made without procedural fairness shouldn't be beyond the reach of the courts, opines J. Paul R. Howard in this week's Speaker's Corner.

The holiday bonus: more than just another cheque
Canadian Lawyer, online
Simply delivering a cheque might make employees feel good about the money, but in the end they can get money anywhere. Motivated, efficient, and effective employees feel good about their jobs and the contributions they make. A few words of sincere appreciation and holiday cheer from the boss can make a good thing even better, writes Charles Gillis.

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