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11 years too long to bring someone to trial, judge finds
Law Times, online
Rejecting the Crown's argument that 11 years "is not an unreasonable length of time to get to trial," an Ontario Superior Court judge has stayed an attempted murder charge against a man in a case that highlights officials' duty to try to bring accused criminals back to Canada to face trial.

Discrimination in legal profession 'not going away'
Law Times, online
Discrimination is "a problem that's not going away," a Law Society of Upper Canada bencher says in the wake of a 10-year report showing things are hardly improving for women and minorities in the legal profession.

Law schools join forces to support students' mental health
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
On Oct. 4, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities approved Osgoode Hall Law School's funding proposal to develop better mental-health resources and support for law students.

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Video: Julian Porter: Art enthusiast, tour guide
Law Times, online
In a new book titled 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe (So You Can Ignore the Others), libel lawyer Julian Porter shares his thoughts on some of the paintings he has seen over the years.

Canada should follow Australia in requiring more than DNA proof: Binnie
Law Times, online
The Canadian criminal justice system should move away from the idea that DNA evidence stands on its own to prove guilt, according to former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie.

Insurer rebuffed on attendant-care benefits
Law Times, online
The Ontario Court of Appeal has shot down an insurer's attempt to tie attendant-care benefits to the lost wages of family members acting as caregivers in a move one personal injury lawyer says would have set accident benefits claims back two decades.

Law prof awarded $50K in libel case champerty motion
Law Times, online
The Ontario Superior Court has awarded University of Ottawa law professor Joanne St. Lewis $50,000 in costs over a motion in her ongoing libel action against a fellow academic. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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The first step towards corporate accountability for actions abroad?
Canadian Lawyer, online
While Canada's extractive industry sector brings important gains to the Canadian economy, oil, gas, and mining activities are increasingly taking place in remote areas that have a detrimental effect on local, often indigenous, populations, writes Sonya Nigam in the Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

Accident victims get break as arbitrator rules against retroactive benefits cuts
Law Times, online
Despite the Sept. 1, 2010 legislative amendments removing the obligation on accident benefit insurers to pay for rebuttal reports, they may still be responsible for the cost in relation to accidents governed by automobile policies predating that time, writes Darcy Merkur in his Personal Injury Law column.

'Articling is a marathon, not a sprint'
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Jacqueline Ruck shares the lessons she's learned so far while articling at BOYNECLARKE LLP in Nova Scotia.



Denial of costs for 'shabby and high-handed' behaviour
Canadian Lawyer, online
The court is free to consider the entire factual matrix both precipitating the lawsuit, as well as what takes place in the course of the litigation. If the defendant's conduct was illegal or offends the court's sensibilities, the court can voice its disapprobation through the withholding of costs, writes Margaret Waddell in this month's Trials & Tribulations column.

Lawyer issues clarion call for fixing family law
Law Times, online
Improving access to justice in family law means reducing the time and costs to get divorced, opines Andrew Feldstein in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Mentorship 2.0: History and your rightful place
Canadian Lawyer, online
It may be unrealistic to eliminate overnight every disadvantage to entry and success in our profession, writes The Accidental Mentor columnist Lee Akazaki. However, instilling lawyers from equity-seeking groups with the confidence to prosper and effectively serve the public is entirely feasible.

Concerted enterprise risk management
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Adopting a concerted approach to risk management can help ensure an organization is not working at cross purposes. Risk needs to be discussed holistically, and even more so given the unstable, non-linear, and fast-paced nature of the business world today, opines Renato Pontello in his Practising In-house column.

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