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'Great judicial mediator' set to retire
Law Times
As he gets set to retire on Dec. 10, Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler plans to focus on one of his passions, alternative dispute resolution, after he leaves the bench.
Video: A chat with Chief Justice Warren Winkler

Firms joining trend towards professional resource managers
Law Times
With McCarthy Tétrault LLP leading the way, Canadian law firms have joined a global trend of using professional resource managers to allocate workloads among associates and paralegals.

Ryerson and Ottawa U to provide LPPs
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada has picked Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law to be the providers of its alternative licensing law practice program.

Court relieves ex-partner of goodwill payments
Law Times
A recent Superior Court decision in a dispute over a partnership agreement is a reminder for law firms to fully iron out the details with their new partners and leave nothing to chance, experts say.

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New fines, policy in place for Fisheries Act
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A revamped Fisheries Act takes effect today ushering in stiffer fines but questions remain around interpretation of the changes and how they will be implemented.

Case considers effect of family law issues on structured settlements
Law Times
A judge has rejected a mother's claim to have her paralyzed ex-husband's support payments based on the entire damages award received through a structured settlement.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of November 25 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Pro bono help for Philippines victims
Law Times
Miller Thomson LLP is promising to offer pro bono immigration legal services to people affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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New law unnecessary
Law Times, editorial
Fortunately, city council was able to take care of most of the mayoral dilemma by stripping Rob Ford of his non-statutory powers and limiting his budget. Given that, we don't need a new law that would allow for excessive discretion to remove an elected politician as the current rules already allow council to essentially express non-confidence in the mayor and circumscribe his role.

Award for Bell privacy breach offers little clarity on future PIPEDA damages
Law Times, online
Although it is heartening to see that the Federal Court will take privacy violations seriously, Chitrakar v. Bell TV does little to clear the murky waters of PIPEDA damage awards, writes Private Eye columnist Mark Hayes.

Video: Making Rain - Flex your directive muscle
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to flex your "directive" muscle in your dealings with colleagues, clients, and your personal goals.

Learning outside the law school bubble
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The room for growth of experiential education is immense and should be encouraged, writes Rebecca Lockwood in her Ab Initio column.

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The class action arms race
Canadian Lawyer, online
The reality is plaintiffs are participating in an arms race against opponents with virtually unlimited resources who have no incentive to be frugal, writes Class Acts columnist Kirk Baert.

Changes to experience class show Immigration still doesn't get it
Canadian Lawyer, online
If Canada wishes to maintain its immigration advantage and continue to welcome the best and brightest from all parts of the world, it must accept the fact that unfair, arbitrary changes made to immigration policy without notice to affected individuals will undermine that mission, ultimately harming Canada's national interests, writes guest columnist Joel Sandaluk in this month's Immigration Line column.

Is ICSID really good for the Canadian taxpayer?
Law Times
Most trade lawyers across the country are lauding Canada's ratification of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Convention. But they glaze over the serious and far-reaching effects for Canadian public policy, opine Anthony Daimsis and Tolga Yalkin in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

The future of analyzing the impact of court precedents
Canadian Lawyer, online
Ben Hanuka discusses a new, futuristic method to examine the relationship among Supreme Court of Canada decisions using case citations in this month's Future Files column.

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