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Threat conviction for Facebook chat considers line between fantasy, intention
Law Times, online
In a case demonstrating the grey zone between fantasy and the intention to inflict pain on someone, an Ontario Superior Court case has convicted a teenager who discussed disturbing and deviant sexual acts on Facebook of threatening bodily harm.

Aboriginal law rising
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, Canadian Lawyer discovers that with exponential growth, due in part to issues surrounding resource development, more and more lawyers and law firms are specializing in legal matters relating to First Nations.

Lawyer who slept with family law client in joint retainer battles suspension bid
Law Times, online
Noting his "solid work" as a lawyer, a Kingston, Ont., sole practitioner who slept with a client he was representing in a family law matter on a joint retainer is battling the Law Society of Upper Canada's bid to suspend him for six to nine months.

Hot competition - part 1
Canadian Lawyer
Intense rivalry and unprecedent numbers of voters in our online survey characterize the latest ranking in Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 personal injury boutiques.

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TRU teaches adventure tourism law
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Adventure tourism brings its own lions to the legal arena whether it's dangling from a zip-line racing down the face of a mountain, white-knuckle rafting through a churning river, or getting up close to local grizzly bears.

Ontario judge orders province to address 'useless' Quebec reports
Law Times, online
An Ontario judge is urging the provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to address "useless" presentence reports coming from Quebec that "flouted" Criminal Code requirements after concerns arose in at least two cases.

Be a litigation star
Canadian Lawyer
Up your game with these tips from top litigators for successful discoveries and examinations.

Breaking down e-discovery best practices
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
How prepared is your company if you were hit with an e-discovery request tomorrow?

Maintaining client confidentiality in a mobile world
Canadian Lawyer
As technology changes and access becomes easier, lawyers have to be hyper-aware of security around their information.



Moot wrap-up
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
From jury trials to corporate advocacy, Canadian law students competed fiercely during this year's mooting season.

Wind turbine appeals blowing across Ontario
Law Times, online
As more wind turbines pop up on the Ontario landscape, the trend of unsuccessful appeals of renewable energy approvals continues.

Quantifying value through time codes
Canadian Lawyer
Until a comprehensive set of meaningful codes can be agreed upon, a simple numbering system reflecting the steps in a transaction would help generate the information required to improve processes, establish a better understanding of the costs required in running a file, and provide basic information to a client inquiring about the steps in a transaction.

Video: Running for a cause
Law Times, online
Torys LLP lawyer Mitch Frazer has been busy training for a run he's organizing on his mother's birthday to raise funds for Parkinson's disease.

Property manager barred from providing legal services in tenant matters
Law Times, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada has succeeded in securing a permanent injunction against a property manager found to have been providing legal services in landlord and tenant matters without a licence as a lawyer or paralegal. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Who, now, will defend the indefensible?
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
Last month, Canada lost one of its most controversial defenders of free speech when B.C. lawyer Doug Christie died of cancer. Whether you agreed with Christie or not, he played a pivotal role in the free speech debate in Canada. There have to be lawyers who are willing and able to fight for those no one wants to fight for. It's the essence of a free and tolerant society.

Dupont provides little comfort on protecting legal advice from disclosure
Law Times, online
Without a decision about whether the legal advice, once shared with a psychologist in the course of treatment, remains privileged, Dupont v. Bailey provides little comfort to personal injury lawyers worried that their legal advice will end up being disclosed via treatment providers to defence counsel, opines Personal Injury Law columnist Darcy Merkur.

Era of mega mergers offers challenges for smaller law firms
Law Times, online
Firm management must radically redefine what it considers to be risk. The real risks facing small- and mid-sized firms in the mega-merger environment are doing nothing and continually being reactive. The less risky proposition is to the break out of the mould and have the courage to be who you really are, writes Brian Cope in this week's Speaker's Corner.


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This week's Law Times poll
An Ontario judge has raised several concerns about presentence reports coming from Quebec, including the fact that they're in French. Should Quebec authorities have to provide Ontario courts with reports in English? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.



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