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Deal opens Quebec doors to Ontario lawyers
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has become the first legal regulator to ratify the 2013 national mobility agreement that will allow lawyers "full and permanent" mobility between common and civil law jurisdictions.


Plaintiff in landmark privacy case sued for not paying legal bills
Law Times
In a series of ironic twists, the lawyer who succeeded in bringing about the tort for invasion of privacy in Ontario has been facing accusations of incompetence by the victorious plaintiff who has now found herself incurring more costs than gains from the groundbreaking case.

Lakehead students protest law school course change
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A group of Lakehead University students in Thunder Bay, Ont., have been staging a sit-in outside the president's office since Feb. 25 to protest a change to its new law school's curriculum.

Video: Greenspan's legal advice
Law Times, online
At a recent event at Ryerson University, famed criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan talked about his career and his thoughts on Canada's criminal justice system.



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Veterans' class action success inspires others
Law Times
Not content with inspiring others with their military feats, veterans have won a victory in the legal arena through a class action against government clawbacks on their pensions. Final approval of an $887-million settlement that includes retroactive payments and a scholarship fund of $10 million will leave 7,500 veterans better off and give a morale boost to those fighting similar battles at home.

Mining sector M&A slowdown predicted to continue through 2013
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Limited access to equity financing, a drop in metals prices, and general malaise about the economy has made it a difficult few years for junior mining companies. The result is reduced merger and acquisition activity in the sector in Canada.

Tax Court rejects deduction for CLE costs
Law Times
Life could get a bit more complicated for some lawyers across Canada as they head into tax season this year after the Tax Court of Canada disallowed one lawyer's expenses for mandatory continuing legal education courses.

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

Real estate declaration approved
Law Times
In an attempt to deal with the high number of mortgage and real estate fraud claims, the Law Society of Upper Canada will now require lawyers in real estate transactions to sign a yearly declaration that they know how to avoid fraud. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Commentary

Logic prevails on double-dipping pensioners
Law Times, editorial
Former Ontario government employees involved in the administration of the former retail sales tax who became federal public servants with the advent of the harmonized sales tax won't be able to collect their provincial pensions, the Divisional Court has determined. Thank goodness for such logic. There's no room for double-dipping pensioners in the current fiscal environment.

Women need to 'man up'
Canadian Lawyer, online
The dearth of women in positions of power is an important issue and fully deserves the airtime it is receiving. But the issue deserves more than just active discussion; it requires positive action and a genuine desire to effect change, argues Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column.

The criminalization of dissent
Canadian Lawyer, online
While freedom of speech and the right to organize politically are recognized human rights, the sphere of operation for those who do not agree with governments is shrinking both at home and abroad. In Canada, gone are the days of being able to oppose one's government without the fear of being silenced, writes Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

An expert witness' friendly advice on information he needs from lawyers
Law Times
As an expert witness in the area of orthopedic trauma surgery, lawyers often ask me what they should provide in order to get an objective and informed opinion. That begs the obvious question: Don't lawyers already know what to put in the box? In fact, they don't always know, writes Dr. Michael Ford in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Avoid hiring and keeping a dud
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Practising In-house columnist Cheryl Foy discusses several things organizations can do to increase the chances that their legal hire is a good one.

Tip 1984: Dig up the past for better legislative interpretation
Canadian Lawyer, online
Technological innovation has had an unintended effect on the long-term progress of law. Internet-based legislative sites provide the latest versions of laws. In so doing, they necessarily erase legislative history from our consciousness. As a result, we are now witnessing the accelerated decline of historical analysis of legislative text, opines The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki.

Christians can be cool
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Harjot Atwal reflects on his journey as a Christian law student.

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