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'Another kick' to wronged plaintiffs
Law Times, online
Poor Ontarians who receive benefits under the Ontario Works program are allowed to keep only $25,000 of their cash entitlements when they win a lawsuit or arrive at a settlement.


Eighth annual InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable on law department management: Controlling external legal costs
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the third of four videos from the InHouse/Association of Corporate Counsel general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants discuss how they approach working with outside law firms to manage costs and budget more tightly.

Ex-teacher convicted of sexual offence with minor gets OK to practise law
Law Times, online
A Law Society of Upper Canada appeal panel has set aside a ruling that denied a former teacher a licence to practise law in Ontario after finding he is now "of good character" and called the previous findings "unreasonable."

LAO backtracks on clinic funding cuts
Law Times, online
Amid talk of funding cuts to legal clinics - and a quick reversal of that decision - the Ontario government is reaffirming its $30-million investment into access to justice for the province's poorest.



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Canadian Fulbright scholars to study wide range of issues
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Several Canadian lawyers, including a couple of recent law graduates, have been awarded Fulbright Canada scholarships to pursue graduate studies at American law schools this year.


Agrium key turning point for shareholder activism in Canada
Law Times, online
The Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. proxy battle has been held up as the flagship example of just how far shareholder activism has come in Canada. There's an argument, however, that the Agrium Inc. proxy battle makes the point at least as well if not better.

Hiring foreign workers now more onerous for employers
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program will make it more expensive and time consuming for Canadian companies to fill a position with workers from outside the country.

Daigneault new OBA president
Law Times, online
Fleck Law managing partner Pascale Daigneault becomes the new president of the Ontario Bar Association this week. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Exploring dignity through imagined spaces
Canadian Lawyer, online
Azar Nafisi's book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books reminds us not to get too caught up in the religious trappings of women's rights issues in Iran, but to pay close attention to the powers at play and how ordinary people are affected by the social constraints used by totalitarian regimes and other less vicious looking conventional mores, writes Sonya Nigam in her Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Articling at the end of the tracks
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Lydia Lehoux shares what it was like articling in Moosonee, Ont.

Advising buyers about development charges key to standard of care for
real estate lawyers

Law Times, online
It should be enough to simply advise the purchaser that, ordinarily, development charges are the largest single line-item adjustment and may add thousands of dollars to the balance due on closing but that ultimately the amount depends on the development charges that were actually paid by the vendor to the municipality to acquire the building permit, writes The Dirt columnist Jeffrey Lem.

The appeal court speaks on limitations (again)
Canadian Lawyer, online
Practitioners should be scrupulously alert to the running of the standard limitation period regardless of how they might previously have framed a claim, as the courts have shown no willingness to deviate from the legislated two-year claims bar, opines Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

10 simple rules for law department strategic planning
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house Coach columnist Fred Krebs offers some insight into the law department strategic planning process that he gleaned from several Association of Corporate Counsel leaders and legal officers.

The last word
Canadian Lawyer, online
Nothing tests a lawyer's worth like the duel over the last word, writes The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki. To gain an upper hand, we curb our attention to what the other party or lawyer is saying. This enthusiasm is both strength and weakness.

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