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Two lawyers battle for PC crown
Law Times
There's a good chance Ontario's Progressive Conservative party will once again have a lawyer at its helm with frontrunners Christine Elliott and Patrick Brown both touting their legal backgrounds as an edge in the race.

Business groups decry 'laxity' in certifying class actions
Law Times
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is lamenting what it calls a "laxity" in certifying class actions in Canada, an issue it says is so significant that it threatens Canadian businesses.

Report points to growing pool of unsettled class actions
A recent report from NERA Economic Consulting indicating that the number of Canadian securities class actions grew in 2014 has caused some consternation in the business community.

Student debt top focus for law student group
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
One of the things the Law Students' Society of Ontario will focus on is managing tuition fees via the student loan re-distribution program for students who may not be able to enter law school due to financial barriers say president Ryan Robski and vice president Adam Gilani.



Lawyers help restore painting of judge with storied background
Law Times
After a concerted effort by the community to restore a massive painting of Sir James Gowan, the 147-year-old portrait of Simcoe County's first judge will gain more prominence at the local courthouse.

Candidates stake their position on LPP
Law Times, online
Bencher candidate and Western Law Prof. Michael Lamb doubts the Law Practice Program will be effective and says the students should get an upfront warning. "A law degree does not mean an automatic pathway to becoming a practising lawyer," says Lamb.

Billable hour morphing into alternative arrangements
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
It may not be in its final hour, but more and more lawyers are conceding the billable hour is being put in its "proper place" and is in steady decline. However, its replacement requires equal effort from client and law firm for both to be successful.

Medical marijuana continues to be source of litigation
Law Times
There has been one constant since the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down the prohibition against possession of marijuana for medical reasons in 2000: the subsequent rules imposed by the federal government have been subject to repeated court challenges.

Boardroom dedicated to associate chief judges
Law Times
There's now a boardroom at the Ontario Court of Appeal dedicated to the current and former associate chief justices. Click
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Another immigration blunder
Law Times, editorial
Earlier this year, the federal government launched the new express-entry program to manage certain applications for permanent residence. But recent media reports have noted a concern.

Defending yourself for being in court
Canadian Lawyer, online
While being asked to defend the need for adjudication can be nerve-wracking for some counsel at the outset of a big case, it is becoming a more routine inquiry to confront, particularly during interlocutory phases of a case, writes employment lawyer Richard Johnson.

Being selected takes planning and strategizing
Canadian Lawyer, online
For immigration lawyers, it is imperative to work with clients, both corporate and individual, to ensure they understand the rules, the repercussions, and to answer questions that may arise as part of the uncertainty around new Express Entry rules, writes Jennifer Nees in her column, The Immigration Line.

Province should make Tarion more accountable, transparent
Law Times
All the government has to do is delegate a public service to a private corporation and all of the transparency and accountability laws disappear, writes Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column. That's precisely the situation with Tarion Warranty Corp., the private non-profit corporation empowered to administer and enforce the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.

Westerhof a welcome decision that will reduce litigation costs
Law Times
As a result of the Westerhof decision, writes Darcy Merkur in his Personal Injury Law column, plaintiff's personal injury counsel now have confirmation that they can illicit vital expert opinion evidence at trial from key treating health practitioners without pressing such providers for a formal Rule 53.03-compliant expert report.

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Video: Making Rain — Give yourself regular feedback
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you to take ownership and control of a more personal and fulfilling feedback process by providing yourself with "in the moment" feedback as it relates to your daily effectiveness.

Blurring the lines of music infringement law
Canadian Lawyer, online
The Blurred Lines decision introduces significant uncertainty into music infringement laws, writes entertainment lawyer Jeff Young. This uncertainty is aggravated by the fact juries are not required to render reasons for their decisions.

Quebec judge's ban on hijab in courtroom a judicial fiasco
Law Times
The manner in which a democracy protects the rights of its minorities is the measure of how truly free and enlightened it is. If allowed to stand, the ruling of the Court of Quebec in the El-Alloul case will be a stain on Canada's proud history and multicultural fabric, writes Ardi Imseis in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Exam avoidance: The new motivation behind course selections
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In his column, Ab Initio, Ted Flett writes that, for many students, side-stepping practical classes such as real estate, insurance law, and bankruptcy because of their gruelling exams, is a commonly-chosen route to graduation and making law school more bearable.

A way to start framing change in your firm
Canadian Lawyer, online
While every firm will have different ideas about what their lawyers' mindset is, law firm consultant Bill Josten offers a few questions to help drive discussion around how a firm can best position itself to manage change.

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