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Is this church a law firm?
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court has issued an injunction against a pastor and convicted fraud artist for offering unregulated legal services from a church in Hamilton, Ont., to local residents.

Will BB10 rekindle lawyers' love for BlackBerry?
Law Times
When it comes to lawyers' gadget preferences, the days of unanimous endorsements are long gone.

Video: View 2013: Preparing for the regulatory road ahead with Geoffrey Creighton
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the third of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2013 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, IGM Financial Inc.'s SVP and general counsel Geoffrey Creighton talks about how the federal government's anti-spam legislation affects the company's lines of business and why diversity can happen organically.



U of T students protest planned tuition hikes
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Some Toronto students are following in the footsteps of their Quebec colleagues who took to the streets to protest tuition fees in the fall of 2011.

LSUC case tossed for five-year delay
Law Times
Prolonged fraud investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada has prompted a hearing panel to dismiss a disciplinary case against an Ontario lawyer who says he suffered severe emotional and psychological distress during the five-year probe.

Case considers angry text messages, e-mail as violence
Law Times
When spouses use e-mail, text messaging, and other electronic forms of communication to intimidate their partners, the courts will now label it a form of non-physical violence.

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Manitoba law school to offer wider French program
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Franco-Manitobans will soon have more options in consulting on legal matters in their own language, thanks to the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law initiative offering French language training to law students.

Canadian CLOs less satisfied than global and spending more: survey
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Chief legal officers say compliance and ethics issues dominate their agendas these days, followed closely by regulatory changes, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of February 11 with Law Times staff writer Yamri Taddese.

Battle with judges nets incivility finding
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has made a finding of misconduct against a sole practitioner for incivility towards six members of the family court bench in Hamilton, Ont. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Accommodation at Catholic schools
Law Times, editorial
Ontario Catholic schools should accommodate the few people who want exemptions from religious programming. It's not a big imposition.

Answering the questions around pro bono for in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
All lawyers know they have a social and professional responsibility to assist individuals who need legal services but who cannot afford them. In-house and government counsel can join their private practice colleagues in answering the call by providing pro bono legal services to low-income Canadians, argues Gillian Marriott.

Time to abolish outdated defamatory libel offence
Law Times
While the increasingly malicious attacks conveyed through online sources may appear to give to rise to a remedy, there's little justification for the criminal offence of defamatory libel, writes Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column. It's time we removed this offence from the Criminal Code.



Balancing competing human rights
Canadian Lawyer, online
Human rights is not a static concept. Like all areas of life and law, there is debate and change, and one change will be the stepping off point for the next. Developments in the area of human rights do not take place in a vacuum. They take place in the arena of societies, made up of individuals and groups that are constantly concerned with their own survival, be it physical or social/tribal, opines Sonya Nigam in her Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Software options for tracking your time
Law Times, online
Bits & Bytes columnist Monica Goyal shares her reviews of various cloud-based, time-tracking software.

Making the most of the year of the snake
Canadian Lawyer, online
It appears with proper precautions in place 2013 has an auspicious outlook. Hard work and focus will pay off. Success will come to those who are focused on being well prepared and who know what they want to achieve from the outset, writes Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

A bridge and a ladder: two metaphors, one diversity deficit
Canadian Lawyer, online
Law will catch up to the diversity of Canadian society only when new participants discover that success in law depends on knowledge of local rules and customs. It is not enough to exhort newcomers to network, self-promote, and mentor others. The newcomers must reach into establishment circles, or else their labours will create ghettoes, opines The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki.

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