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Surge of racial profiling complaints possible as procedural hurdle cleared
Law Times
Police forces across the province could face a surge of racial profiling complaints as the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is allowing discrimination hearings to proceed despite police arguments that their internal disciplinary systems have already dealt with the matters.

Rescue operation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
A decade ago, having a conversation about pensions was rather yawn-inducing. Now, it's a political hot potato, up for much discussion and debate — and reform

Ontario lawyers weighing in on Trinity Western
Law Times
More than 100 lawyers, groups, and members of the public have weighed in on the debate over whether the Law Society of Upper Canada should accredit Trinity Western University's planned law school.

Riding the digital wave
Huge numbers of cash-strapped technology start-ups need solid legal and business advice to help them bring in serious money. How far are law firms willing to go to get that business?

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Pan Am Games relies on P3s to get the job done
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Bert Clark has a deadline to meet, and it can't be missed. Clark, a lawyer, is president and chief executive officer of Crown corporation Infrastructure Ontario and his organization is responsible for ensuring contractors finish some of the key sites being built for the 2015 Pan American/Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

The compensation question
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
With legal no longer viewed as simply a cost centre, law departments are being asked to demonstrate their value and in some cases their compensation is tied to how they perform on things that include budget management.

Growth is driving the pulse of the prairies
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
For in-house counsel in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, growth and regulatory change are the top drivers dictating the kind of work and the volume coming their way and that has been a steady trend for the last few years.

Portable courtroom on tap for Barrie
Law Times
A temporary courtroom under construction at the Barrie, Ont., courthouse is "bound to be an eyesore," but when it comes to court facilities, esthetics come second to need, according to some members of the bar in that city.

New job site launches for Canadian law students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Securing an articling position in Canada is a competitive affair, but a new web site aims to ease the pressure through collaboration.

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Singapore: Resolution Capital?
Singapore is in the process of setting up a new division of its High Court that will compete directly with aspiring international arbitration centres like Toronto.

To build or lease?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Figuring out the right data centre model for your organization requires investing some time in understanding what's on offer.

People and politics
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
City of Mississauga solicitor Mary Ellen Bench has a passion for municipal law.

Bar surprised at province's moves on Cunningham report
Law Times
While the final report on the auto insurance dispute resolution system authored by former justice Douglas Cunningham arrived in February with barely a ripple, the legislation tabled to implement it has caught the insurance bar and industry by surprise.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 31 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Two lawyers disbarred
Law Times
Two Ontario lawyers have lost their licences to practise law after the Law Society of Canada found them guilty of misconduct. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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AG needs inspiring leadership
Law Times, editorial
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne turned to a reliable performer in naming Madeleine Meilleur as attorney general last week. A steady hand in cabinet, Meilleur, until recently the minister of community safety and correctional services, is a good pick for Ontario's top legal job.

Pushing beyond
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Despite her accomplishments, broad experience in corporate-commercial law, and years teaching as an adjunct professor at Osgoode, Julia Shin Doi didn't think Ryerson would hire a non-white general counsel. This surprising admission and others came at the Women of Colour Corporate Counsel event in January hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright in Toronto.

Investment Canada Act: We've seen this movie before
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this month's In Closing column, Joe Bradford suggests there's a parallel between Star Trek and foreign investment review legislation in Canada. The Investment Canada Act has altered from a piece of legislation that paid some homage to its predecessor, the Foreign Investment Review Act, into a virtual remake of FIRA. For in-house counsel, this regression creates a challenge and a call to action.

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Authenticity, not money, key to lawyers' happiness
Law Times
In order to live fulfilling, happy lives, lawyers need to honour who they are and the values they carry, writes Doron Gold in his column, The Lawyer Therapist. One excellent study confirms that authentic adherence to internal needs and motivations trumps external social constructs about what people need to be happy.

That 3L moment
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In Ab Initio this month, Rebecca Lockwood finds herself reminiscing about a simpler time in life a period when responsibility wasn't as great, decisions had less impact, and life just didn't seem so darn complicated. This nostalgia was prompted by what she's calling the "3L crisis."

Video: Making Rain: Supersize your efforts
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's episode, executive coach Debra Forman encourages you to supersize all of your business development and practice management efforts by taking your current efforts to new levels.

Sedona Canada is alive and well
Canadian Lawyer, online
Colin Campbell and James Swanson, representatives of the Sedona Canada steering committee, respond to criticisms of Sedona Canada laid out in a January Tech Support column by Dera Nevin.

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2014 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey — LAST DAY TO PARTICIPATE
Canadian Lawyer needs your input for our annual Legal Fees Survey. The purpose of this extremely popular survey is to accumulate data about the fees for law firms' services in order to create a comprehensive picture of the average costs for the most frequently provided legal services at both regional and national levels.

As usual, information about yourself and your firm will be kept strictly confidential. The survey closes on March 31, and results will be published in the June 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer. Please click here to take the survey

This week's Law Times poll
Should the Law Society of Upper Canada accredit Trinity Western University's law school? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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