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Changes to jury selection 'long overdue'
Law Times
Former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci's recommendations for increasing representation of First Nations people in juries are actions long overdue, some aboriginal lawyers are saying.

Making waves
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, Canadian Lawyer sat down with Toronto integrity commissioner Janet Leiper, whose advice led to a rip tide of problems for the city's mayor and a backlash against her from many quarters, but as a surfer she knows it's not really a good day on the ocean unless you're hurting somewhere.

Master calls for flexibility over Rule 48
Law Times
An Ontario court has decided that flexibility is in order when it comes to a new rule imposed in civil litigation cases.

Preparing for the regulatory road ahead with Jane Fedoretz
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the sixth and final video from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2013 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Jane Fedoretz, vice president and general counsel with CEDA International Corp. talks about the importance of implementing an anti-corruption compliance program and the company's plans for expansion.

The profession's dirty little secret
Canadian Lawyer
While not occurring in huge numbers, cases of lawyer defalcation are increasing - but insurance coverage and the way law societies address them vary greatly across the country.

Newfoundland university eyes new law school
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Yet another Canadian university is exploring the possibility of opening a new law school. Memorial University of Newfoundland has established a committee to look at the feasibility of a law school, something president and vice chancellor Gary Kachanoski is keen on.



Toronto mayor a lightning rod for litigation
Law Times
The City of Toronto's audit committee may not be launching a lawsuit against Mayor Rob Ford for contravening municipal election rules, but Law Times has learned the city's legal counsel has already spent nearly 200 hours dealing with the case.

Separation of church and state
Canadian Lawyer
When two Iranian medical doctors married in a civil ceremony in London, England in 1991 - and again in an Islamic marriage ceremony in Berlin two years later - the wife had no reason to think the terms of her marriage contract would be questioned in Canada, where the couple later settled and then separated after 13 years.

Changes increase opportunities for business immigrants
Law Times
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced several changes to permanent residency programs in the last six months that have increased the number of opportunities for business immigrants.

Private member's bill on breach disclosure would increase notifications
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A private member's bill introduced to address data breaches could be more problematic than necessary, especially as most companies that experience data loss already self-report to the privacy commissioner.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 4 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Advocates' Society medal awarded
Law Times
The Advocates' Society has honoured former associate chief justice of Ontario Dennis O'Connor with The Advocates' Society Medal. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Require true residency for senators
Law Times, editorial
Given the Senate's lack of legitimacy as a patronage dumping ground, it would be wise for the government to embrace stricter rules that would require residency in the full sense.

Lawyers are people too
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
The Ontario Bar Association's public relations campaign aimed at improving the image of lawyers is a different tack from anything I've seen for any profession. This is quite slick and unique. It'll be interesting to see not only how many lawyers actually participate but if it does, in any way, change public perception.

Why does e-discovery cost so much?
Canadian Lawyer
Consider that discovery frequently is the most involved step of any litigation and in some cases - those that settle before trial - the only material step taken in the litigation apart from pleadings, writes Dera J. Nevin in the Tech Support column.



Gender amendments to Ontario Human Rights Code fall short
Law Times
The amendments to the code will have an impact on how employers choose to accommodate their employees when it comes to gender identity or gender expression. However, with the lack of clarification on the issue, there is huge potential for uncertainty and liability on the part of employers, opines Deborah Howden in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Ontario summary judgment test faces SCC microscope
Canadian Lawyer
Canada has a spotty record of dealing with investment frauds. The Supreme Court has a chance to send fraudsters a strong message that Canada isn't a playground for investment scams. Let's hope the court seizes the opportunity, writes Back Page columnist Jim Middlemiss.

Where's the romance?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
It's tough to find room for romance in law school. It takes extra effort to remember the spontaneity of non-law life while making strategic plans for the future, writes Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood.

Coping with gender reassignment surgery (Toughest HR Question)
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Brian Kreissl answers a question about legal protections and best practices for dealing with transgendered employees.

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