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Where have all the lawyers gone?
Law Times
Recent trends suggest the law and politics no longer go hand in glove in Ontario as fewer lawyers are pursuing provincial politics and entering elected office.



New chief justice urged to focus on efficiency
Law Times
As he settles into his new job, one of the biggest challenges facing Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy will be to improve efficiency in the province's courts, lawyers say.

Lawyer who bilked LAO hoping to keep licence
Law Times
A Grand Bend, Ont., lawyer has admitted to billing Legal Aid Ontario for contested trials that didn't happen, court dates that didn't take place, and criminal charges he never defended.



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GCs face reality of new frontier challenges
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Consider this: A robot that conducts job interviews and collects data on applicants based not just on the person's answers but their physiological responses. It's not science fiction — robots and artificial intelligence could be the next frontier in labour and employment law.

Toronto considering development permit system
Law Times
In a bid to streamline the development process, Toronto city council is looking to implement a development permit system as an alternative to zoning.

In-House Advisor: Welcoming whistleblowers
Lexpert
By offering a range of secure and anonymous reporting channels, companies can empower employees to take the risky step of reporting ethical or legal breaches.

McCarthy lawyers run to Toronto from Quebec
Law Times
McCarthy Tétrault LLP says 29 of its lawyers ran to Toronto from Montreal as part of a team-building and fundraising exercise over Father's Day weekend. Click
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Fix what's in place
Law Times, editorial
While critics have long raised concerns about federal protections for government whistleblowers, a new Australian report this week compares how Canada fares on the issue against other G20 countries.

Managing your legal education
Canadian Lawyer, online
David Paul, in his Field Notes column, talks about how, as lawyers, it is your legal knowledge that provides value for your clients. In law school lawyers were provided with specific learning goals from professors and the law school curriculum, however, as practising lawyers are now responsible for their own learning, and at the end of the day responsible for managing knowledge growth.

Is there too much judicial intervention in civil litigation?
Law Times
Rumour has it the Ontario Superior Court may be considering doing away with status notices due in part to its inconsistent implementation throughout the province, write Keith Landy and Anna Wong in this week's Speaker's Corner.

What have the Romans ever done for us?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Letter from Law Law Land, Tony Wilson draws connections between one of his favourite scenes in Monty Python's Life of Brian, which begins with the question "What have the Romans ever done for us?," and the reaction in B.C. over the government's approval of the Enbridge/Northern Gateway pipeline.

A reassessment of risk in class proceedings
Canadian Lawyer, online
If class counsel are not adequately and consistently provided an amount that fairly compensates them for the seriousness of the risks undertaken over the course of many years, the Class Proceedings Act's purpose of providing access to justice will not be achieved, argues Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column.



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