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Justice spending up 66% in 10 years
Law Times
Expenditures on the Canadian criminal justice system have increased significantly in the last 10 years despite decreasing crime rates, a new report has found.

Bracing for the pension time bomb
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this issue's cover story, legal departments are in the trenches when it comes to the battle being staged to tackle solvency issues around defined benefit plans, stay on top of provincial pension laws, and help their companies mitigate the risk of growing pension obligations.

West Toronto clinic gets funding lifeline
Law Times
West Toronto Community Legal Services will keep its doors open as Legal Aid Ontario has agreed to continue funding it for the time being.

To regulate or not to regulate?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Do proxy advisory firms have too much power? The debate has champions on both sides but most agree corporate governance will be the benefactor of the current discussion whether it happens or not.

What does it mean to be reckless in real estate deals?
Law Times
What is the meaning of recklessness when it comes to holding lawyers to account for real estate fraud? It might seem like splitting hairs, but for real estate lawyer Tariq Shah, what qualifies as a synonym for the word "reckless" could mean losing his licence to practise law.

The pros and cons of Alberta's Bill 2
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Can one energy regulator streamline activity in the oil patch?



Sask law students to pay 15% more next year
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
University of Saskatchewan law students will have to dig deeper into their pockets to afford their tuition fees next year. The fees are going to increase by 15 per cent to $11,400 for the 2013-14 academic year, which follows last year's increase of 16 per cent.

New law requiring aboriginal consultation takes effect April 1
Law Times
Changes to the Mining Act in Ontario will require companies to consult First Nations on any mineral exploration claims before the work begins.

Law firm boots on in-house ground
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Secondments can be a stop-gas measure for short-staffed law departments that can also strengthen ties with external law firms.

Growing a career and a team
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
General counsel for Morneau Shepell believes career growth can come from helping a company grow as well.

Lawyers challenge law schools to do better
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law students face a rapidly changing environment. Law firms are closing down, law school tuition continues to rise, and there are less articling positions for students, particularly in Ontario.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 25 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Lawyers take stage for charity
Law Times
Lawyers' International Food Enterprise (LIFE) will be hosting a night of live tunes, dinner, and charity at a fundraising event this spring. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Government discriminates in chaplain cuts at jails
Law Times, editorial
While this government has emphasized punishment and deterrence instead, it has also expressed a fondness for freedom of religion. Disproportionately cutting the chaplains from non-Christian faiths, then, was unnecessary and probably counterproductive. The government clearly could have acted more prudently.

Maturing attitudes around anti-corruption in Canada
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
It's no longer a nice to have but a must have to launch an effective anti-corruption compliance program.

Mourning Google Reader
Canadian Lawyer, online
After I'd had a few days to mourn, I realized the death of my beloved Google Reader may, I daresay, be a blessing. It's re-invigorated interest in a rather un-glamorous but oh-so-necessary technology (RSS), and got people thinking about the most useful, effective, and user friendly ways to aggregate content, opines the new IT Girl columnist Danielle Lemon.

Video: Making Rain - Lead by example
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's episode, executive coach Debra Forman offers project management insights that demonstrate how lawyers can lead by example and teach juniors to focus on their client deliverables.

Cottagers miffed at lack of consultation on massive land deal
Law Times
The Ontario government is putting the finishing touches on a deal to cede a huge swath of eastern Ontario to the Algonquin First Nation. Not everyone is happy, however, because this has been government-to-government negotiation and other stakeholders say the parties didn't consult them until recently, writes Ian Harvey in his Queen's Park column.

The finer points of networking
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Jonathan Lau explains why it's important to dig your well before you're thirsty in this issue's In Closing.

Lights! Camera! Immigration action?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Reality television is not generally a hot immigration topic. That's all changed with the new show on the National Geographic Channel's Border Security: Canada's Front Line. It has the immigration bar abuzz, writes The Immigration Line columnist Jennifer Nees.

Finding the one
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Every career panel I've attended and every law school guide I've read have all provided me with the same piece of advice: every successful professional has a mentor - get one, writes Rebecca Lockwood in this month's Ab Initio column.

Certification motion no place for evidence-based defences
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lipson v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP reinforces the interpretation of the certification motion as merely a procedural hurdle. This characterization of the certification test is in the best interests of both the plaintiff and the defendant, as it will result in lower costs to the parties as well as the expeditious resolution of this stage of the proceedings, which is what the drafters intended, argues Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column.

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