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Judge blasts AG for civil forfeiture delay
Law Times
In a clear message to the Ministry of the Attorney General about unreasonable delays, a Superior Court judge said a six-year wait to file a forfeiture application was "unfair to the point of offensive" before tossing out the case.

Income loss due to crime no reason to cut child support: judge
Law Times
When it comes to paying child support, courts won't sympathize with parents who are the authors of their own financial demise through criminal activity, a family court judge recently ruled this month.

Arbitrator upholds termination over safety breaches
Law Times
An Ontario arbitrator's decision to uphold the termination of a long-serving employee with 37 years of service signals a growing recognition of the dilemma facing employers at risk of serious consequences for failing to meet their statutory obligations under occupational health and safety legislation.



JAG offers lessons learned to in-house counsel
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
He wears a uniform and has a legal team that makes decisions about life-and- death scenarios, often on the other side of the world, but Maj.-Gen. Blaise Cathcart says most corporate law departments can adopt his formula for in-house success.

Future of Windsor law mag in flux
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
One by one, student publications at the University of Windsor are disappearing from the campus.

Will CRTC cellphone code usurp provincial rules?
Law Times
Provincial legislation dealing with consumer protection for cellphone customers could become a casualty of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's proposed wireless code despite the regulator's attempt to coexist with laws already on the books.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 22 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth

Sossin wins Mundell medal
Law Times
Osgoode Hall Law School dean Lorne Sossin is the recipient of the Ministry of the Attorney General's 2012 David Walter Mundell medal. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Report shows need for better screening
Law Times, editorial
It's ironic that the former chairwoman of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal was, as a report found last week, herself harassing and insulting her employees.

Risks of certifying a global class action
Canadian Lawyer, online
A recent Ontario Superior Court decision amended the class definition of a certified Canadian class proceeding to carve out the settled claims of a parallel U.S. class action. This was done in the face of vehement arguments from Canadian class counsel that the U.S. settlement was inadequate and improvident, writes Class Acts columnist Kirk Baert.

PST regime puts B.C. at a disadvantage
Canadian Lawyer, online
Although I could speak today about the underfunding of B.C.'s courts, legal aid, and a recently released Angus Reid public opinion poll suggesting that British Columbians are dissatisfied with the justice system, this is, after all, supposed to be a light, entertaining, and fluffy column about legal practice on the west coast, and there are some topics that don't lend themselves to my swordplay, writes Letter from Law Law Land columnist Tony Wilson.

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A criminal mind: Bid to remove intermittent sentences criticized
Law Times
Intermittent sentences are about to become unavailable in Alberta. Premier Alison Redford's government has announced Alberta intends to phase out intermittent sentences in a bid to save $942,000, writes Law Times contributor Rosalind Conway.

I found an articling job and so will you...
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In my third year of law school, I was unemployed, writes contributor Leena Khawaja. To undergraduate students (and my mom) the idea of having a job before you graduate is bizarre and a little "over-achieving."

The ticking time bomb of tax liability for Americans in Canada
Canadian Lawyer, online
This tax season the one million American citizens in Canada have to file an extra tax return. American citizens in Canada have always had to file a tax return, but recent legal developments make this more imperative, writes contributor Max Reed. This article outlines some of the tax issues faced by U.S. citizens living in Canada.


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