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How does Ontario legal aid compare?
Law Times
With legal aid funding cuts sparking a strike by British lawyers, the chairman of the International Legal Aid Group says that country isn't alone as legal aid systems around the world feel the effects of a tough global economy.

Compensation order for forestry company could be tip of the iceberg
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The government of British Columbia has been ordered to pay a forestry company $1.7 million for damages suffered during a blockade in 2006. Experts say other provinces, especially Ontario, should sit up and take notice.

Recording detainee on toilet a privacy breach but not so bad to warrant a stay
Law Times
Videotaping a detainee while she uses the toilet in her cell is a violation of privacy, but it isn't a breach so egregious as to warrant a stay of proceedings, a judge ruled this month in a case that presented a unique issue for the court to consider.

Lawyer accused of 'theft' against Dr. Bernstein restricted from practising real estate law
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has temporarily restricted a lawyer from practising real estate law after a court-ordered investigation found her to have diverted millions of dollars from a joint investment without the knowledge of her business partner, well-known weight-loss physician Dr. Stanley Bernstein.


Mexico opens the door
Landmark reforms ending the state's energy monopoly will open up the country's hydrocarbon and electric-power industries to national and foreign private investment.

New LLM program to focus on health law, ethics
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is launching a new LLM with a concentration in health law, ethics, and policy this fall.

Health sector warned about privacy class actions
Law Times
The health-care sector needs to change its attitude to patient data if providers want to avoid becoming embroiled in the developing health privacy class action field, according to the general counsel to Ontario's privacy commissioner.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 20 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Norton Rose Fulbright boosts finance team
Law Times
Former bank executive John Jason has joined Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP's Toronto office as counsel. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Partisanship bill
Law Times, editorial
It's a bit ironic that an MP from a party that's played a big role in encouraging partisanship in the last few years while muzzling presumably neutral government scientists and researchers is making a fuss about the political links of some members of the public service.

CASL: clear as mud
Canadian Lawyer, online
Our new The IT Girl columnist, Lisa Lifshitz, asks whether government should stop trying to fix a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation using regulations and non-binding guidance documents and instead scrap CASL altogether and draft something balanced, clear, and not designed to drive business away from Canada.

Accountant-client privilege
Taxpayers in need of counsel go to accountants, who cannot offer it confidentially. So what's to be done? In his Last Word column, Paul Paton offers his take.

Let's learn about legal process mapping
Canadian Lawyer, online
Stephen Mabey, in his most recent Definitely Mabey column, argues that the greatest issue facing law firms has nothing to do with their structure. It's about service — specifically, not achieving the service value proposition clients want.

Eat more veggies!
Canadian Lawyer, online
Every January, millions resolve to make all kinds of lifestyle changes, writes Lindsay Scott in her Trial by Fire column. She, for one, enthusiastically embraces the annual tradition of New Year's resolutions.


Service via Facebook should become the norm
Law Times, online
In Darcy Merkur's Personal Injury Law column, he argues that the movement to allow service through Facebook reflects the court's willingness to consider practical and economical solutions.

Being kind a good option for your 2014 new year's resolution
Law Times
With the new year and the tradition of making resolutions upon us, lawyers in Ontario may want to reflect on how they can integrate being more civil to opposing counsel and opposing parties into their professional development plans for 2014, writes Torkin Manes LLP associate Daniela Pacheco.

What not to do in the war on drugs
Canadian Lawyer, online
With politicians in this country debating whether Canada's drug laws should be strengthened or relaxed, maybe copies of America's Longest War, a new documentary on the subject, should be sent to them so they'll know what not to do, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library column.

Selling your tech company
Ready to monetize all that hard work and sell your company? Not if you haven't considered these pitfalls, writes George Takach in this month's Technology column.

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