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Diversity push for 2015 elections
Law Times
With at least 19 of 40 Law Society of Upper Canada benchers preparing to vacate their seats this spring, a number of lawyers are working to make sure their replacements won't look just like their predecessors.

Diamond and Diamond expands to 12 offices
Law Times
Even as it's announcing new locations across Ontario, Diamond and Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers says it has been "extremely" difficult to shake off an image as a firm that does referrals only.

Quebec company hit with $1.1-million penalty under CASL
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Almost a year after coming into force, the CRTC has issued its first fine and notice of violation under Canada's anti-spam rules to a Quebec company it says was in "flagrant" violation of the law.

An interesting race for 2015
Law Times
A number of well-known lawyers have put themselves forward as candidates in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election this year.

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Bad times could mean opportunistic buying in Canada
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Despite what seems like an uncertain economy rocked by declining oil prices and regulatory impediments to cross-border transactions, Canadian merger and acquisitions are expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to a new study.

How Canadian companies can avoid the sanctions snare
Why should Canadian companies pay close attention to the sanctions levied against foreign billionaires that have come under sanctions in recent years? Because maybe, just maybe, you're already doing business with them.

British small solicitors see little harm from ABS so far
Law Times
The damage caused by alternative business structures to sole solicitors in Britain has been minimal in the three years since legislation enabling them came into force, according to a group that led a high-profile lobbying effort against the law.

How to manage embarrassing privacy breaches
In the electronic age, corporate reputations and even balance sheets can take a big hit from a few keystrokes — all with little fault on the part of the company that takes the hit.

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How to land an articling interview
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
What distinguishes one candidate from another with similar grades is what is unique about that particular person, why they have decided to apply to the particular firm, and the reasons they give to make a firm want to hire them.

Court chides practice of using affidavits by staff
Law Times
Refugee lawyers say they won't shy away from filing affidavits from their employees in legal proceedings despite a Federal Court judge's criticism of the practice as he rejected a bid by a failed refugee claimant to defer his deportation to Sri Lanka.

Gowan painting restored
Law Times
An iconic portrait of the first judge in Simcoe County at the Barrie, Ont., courthouse will return to its place in better shape thanks to a community that rallied to restore the old oil painting. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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A remarkable ruling
Law Times, editorial
While there's long been debate about how to apply the R. v. Gladue principles in sentencing aboriginal offenders, Ontario Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru has provided probably one of the best examples of the way to do it in his sentencing decision in R. v. Armitage.

Trick Question: 'What do you do?'
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her Make it Count column, Simone Hughes writes that a great "elevator pitch" is an essential component in your networking toolkit. A good one will spark interest and propel you into an engaging conversation. A great will one will have the other person asking you for your business card and an invitation to meet with you again.

Hustling and the growth of Canadian companies
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian businesses have an enviable record of being technology pioneers. Unfortunately our startups fail too often to capitalize on their technology lead, writes Renato Pontello in his Practising In-house column.

The impact of advanced search settings
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's The Future Files column, Ben Hanuka moves from theory to practice and offers a primer on advanced Internet search strategies.

Some lawyers will be unable to resist lure of new debt settlement biosphere
Law Times
In January of this year, the Ontario Collection and Debt Settlement Services Act was enacted. The impact on the Ontario debt settlement industry will be nothing less than extinction, writes Mark Silverthorn in this week's Speaker's Corner.

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This week's Law Times poll
Do you agree with Ontario’s plan to address sexual violence and harassment, including an enhanced prosecution model, independent legal advice for victims, and changes to limitation periods? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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