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Cancer decision a shock to lawyers
Law Times
An Ontario Court judge's recent decision to allow an aboriginal girl with cancer to withdraw from chemotherapy and pursue traditional treatment is a throwback to a "prescientific era," says a Toronto health lawyer.

Justice on Target continues to fall short, stats show
Law Times
As the provincial government announced its Better Justice Together effort last week aimed at improving the court system and addressing access to justice, new statistics from the six-year-old Justice on Target project show it continues to fall short of its goals of making the courts more efficient.

Should defence lawyers ever agree to no-contest pleas?
Law Times
Should criminal defence lawyers agree to no-contest pleas when their clients are asserting their innocence? The Court of Appeal says it's possible, but new guidance from the Law Society Tribunal suggests otherwise.

Video links students in bi-campus clinical program
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Like many great ideas, the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic was a collaborative effort. The pilot clinical program, which launched in September, is a joint effort between University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Second Cup GC gets double shot: In-house role as external service provider
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Five months ago, Second Cup's general counsel Dan Caldarone was faced with an opportunity. Should he stay with the company following a significant restructuring, or go out on his own? He wanted to do both, so together with executive leadership he found a way to make it happen.

Liberals' new Crown corp. to co-ordinate Plan Nord development
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Quebec's new Liberal government is rapidly giving physical and legal shape to its mammoth $80-billion Plan Nord resource development initiative.

Firms take varying approaches to Africa
Law Times
There's no doubt that Canadian law firms have a heightened interest in Africa, a continent where the fastest growth to date has been in the energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, and agricultural sectors. These are all areas in which Canadian lawyers excel and these are the markets they're pursuing. But they're approaching Africa in different ways.

Two trust and estate lawyers honoured
Law Times
Two Toronto lawyers were among the honourees of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners founder's awards for outstanding achievement this month. Click
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Better justice, incrementally
Law Times, editorial
The government deserves some credit. It's certainly not fixing the backlog of issues in the justice system it let fester for years but it has at last shown it's able to move forward in a modest but more comprehensive way.

Uncertainty of Express Entry can only hurt
Canadian Lawyer, online
Express Entry is making waves, writes Jennifer Nees in her column, The Immigration Line. Clients of hers ask questions about it nearly every day. And while we know slightly more now than we did a few weeks ago, it is still largely an unknown.


Time for Canada to get rid of its blasphemy laws
Law Times
It's puzzling why any nation that believes in human rights would include blasphemy among its laws in 2014, writes Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column.

Making Rain: Return on your investment
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman advises that the more proactive you are, the more control you will have of the outcomes, and the more profits you will earn.

The sweetness at the end of the tunnel
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In his Ab Initio column, Ted Flett explains how exams ruin Christmas for law students. Even the term "Christmas exams" is an infuriating oxymoron.

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