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Task force seeks clarity on judicial mediation
Law Times
Ontario's current pretrial system is ineffective when it comes to using judicial resources to arrive at a settlement, according to the Ontario Bar Association's task force on judicial dispute resolution.

Panel calls for clear rules on technology-based practices
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has partly vindicated a Markham, Ont., lawyer in what her counsel says was a test case on the rules surrounding high-volume, technologically based practices.

Student win could pave way for other claims under CPA
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Ontario Court of Appeal says consumers don't have to establish reliance on a false, misleading, or deceptive representation when claiming a breach under the Consumer Protection Act section that prohibits "unfair practices" in consumer transactions.

Pro bono advocates call for more co-ordination to address access to justice
Law Times
As the legal industry braces for change of all kinds, many have expressed doubt that pro bono services will remain a viable remedy for a growing number of people who can't afford counsel.

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Tension marks TRU law dean's exit
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In an unexpected move, the dean at Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law has resigned.

Conflicts of interest 'hot topic of the day' for PIs
Law Times
When private investigator Derrick Snowdy raised concerns about a federal minister's links with a businessman charged with fraud, it led to a political scandal.

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

LAO refugee pilot project launched
Law Times
Starting this week, two Toronto legal clinics will offer refugee services as a part of a pilot agreement with Legal Aid Ontario. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Time to eliminate preliminary inquiries?
Law Times, editorial
It's clear that more effectively implementing what we're already doing should come before more drastic changes such as eliminating preliminary inquiries.

A slice of Canada's gritty criminal history
Canadian Lawyer, online
There are many long-forgotten Canadian crime stories and Edward Butts' very entertaining Wrong Side of the Law: True Stories of Crime will surprise many readers who didn't know this peaceful country had such a rich criminal history, writes Damian Penny in this month's Law Library column.

Duplicative class proceedings a no-no
Canadian Lawyer, online
An abuse of process has traditionally only been found where two actions are brought by the same plaintiff against the same defendant seeking the same relief, writes Class Acts columnist Kirk Baert. In Dixon v. Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., although the plaintiffs were nominally different, they were being directed by the same legal counsel and were clearly associated.

Blaney puts friendlier face on Toews' old portfolio
Law Times
Unlike Vic Toews or the talking puppets sent out by the control freaks in Stephen Harper's office to rattle off memorized talking points, Steven Blaney sounds credible in getting the government's position across without the patented partisan insults many Conservative MPs use, opines Richard Cleroux in The Hill column.

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Let's get the wild ride back on track
Canadian Lawyer, online
It's been a wild ride for immigration recently, and keeping up with the changes has been a Herculean effort for Canadian immigration practitioners, writes Jennifer Nees in The Immigration Line column.

Advanced searching in Google Scholar
Canadian Lawyer, online
The Future Files columnist Ben Hanuka continues his exploration of advanced searching features in Google, this time focusing on Google Scholar, a comprehensive search engine of academic or scholarly secondary materials.

Money matters
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood explains why it's important for law students to seriously consider their salary expectations in the face of law schools' rising tuition fees.

The quest to deal with minority populations in China
Canadian Lawyer, online
With a modern train system, millions of tourists, and a variety of economic development projects, the visual landscape of old Tibet is being erased within our lifetime, writes Sonya Nigam in her Human Rights … Here & There column. To be sure this is progress for some, but it is not without a social and cultural cost.

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