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MAG work 'unsatisfactory,' says NDP critic
Law Times
The Ministry of the Attorney General is doing unsatisfactory work, which is reflected in the "significant negative impact" of the Justice on Target program, according to New Democratic Party MPP and MAG critic Jagmeet Sing


Exchange of confidential info needed for conflict: judge
Law Times
The appearance of conflicts of interest may be common in small towns where lawyers know everyone, but as an Ontario Superior Court judge found, the test for conflict is the same everywhere.

P3 proliferation
Lexpert
Canadian P3 projects have not only endured, they have proliferated. And a steady flow of deals continues to provide opportunities for lawyers, in Canada and around the world.

Lakehead's Faculty of Law named in honour of former chief justice Bora Laskin
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
What's in a name? For Lakehead University's Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, it represents quite a legacy. When naming the law school, founding dean Lee Stuesser, along with university president and vice chancellor Brian Stevenson, Ross Murray, who Stuesser describes as a "life bencher" in Thunder Bay, and a "series of community flag bearers" — settled on the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law

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Video: Wrongful Conviction Day
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The first Wrongful Conviction Day was held Oct. 2 by The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. Speaker Tim Moore, a cognitive psychologist and professor at York University, spoke about the Reid technique, an interrogative style used by the police that can lead to false confessions.

Compliance efforts helping boost business
Law Times
Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes, which is good news for funeral directors and tax lawyers. And that certainty has meant tax boutiques are often conducting a brisk business even when other parts of the legal profession are struggling.

Toronto human rights lawyer to represent Canadian detained in Cuba
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A prominent Canadian human rights lawyer will be representing Toronto businessman Cy Tokmakjian, who is currently being held in a Cuban prison for denouncing corruption in that country, in the appeal of a 15-year sentence.

LSUC improving French language services
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada, in partnership with Ontario's Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, is establishing new procedures to address complaints about the LSUC's French-language services. Click
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Does your organization have a contagious illness policy?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus should remind employers they are required to provide employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm, writes Renato Pontello in his Practising In-house column.

OCA confirms challenges to 'misclassification' overtime class actions
Canadian Lawyer, online
The particular challenges inherent in misclassification class actions were highlighted in the recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal upholding the denial of certification in Brown v. CIBC, writes Margaret Waddell in her Trials & Tribulations column.


A peek at justice issues from the opposition side of the House
Law Times
Opposition justice critic Fran├žoise Boivin is one tough lady who makes life a living hell for the Conservative government every day of the week in the House of Commons, writes Richard Cleroux in his column, The Hill.



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Healthy living for lawyers-to-be
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
When she started articling, writes Megan Strachan, she had to try and find strategies to stay healthy. Her life had suddenly become regimented, and yet hectic, in an entirely new way. If she started making excuses to justify unhealthy choices, she knew she would never stop.

Presentations of the less-scripted variety
Canadian Lawyer, online
Preparing and giving a less scripted presentation calls for different presentation technology and presentation techniques, writes Ben Hanuka in his column, The Future Files. Enter an app called "Final Argument!"

Excelling at articles
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Tips on enhancing your experience and leaving a long-lasting impression from Ines Gavran, co-president of the University of Ottawa's Criminal Law Students Association.



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