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Court construction spending falls as Halton nears 'crisis situation'
Law Times
As the Ontario government's spending on court construction declines this year, lawyers in Halton County are sounding the alarm about mould discovered in the walls of the Halton courthouse that's adding to the strain those working there have already been under.


Law students concerned as firm posts articling job covering a transit pass
Law Times
With one law firm offering an unpaid articling job that covers the student's transit pass, Ontario law students are growing increasingly concerned about an apparent trend toward unpaid positions, the head of a student group says.

Should CEO of CBA take honorary military role?
Law Times
A former Canadian Bar Association president and one of Canada's foremost experts on military law are both expressing concern about the appointment of the organization's chief executive officer to an honorary position with the legal branch of the Department of National Defence.

When true collaboration will be embraced by the legal profession
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Despite lawyers' continuing resistance to the idea of working in teams, there have been gradual advances on the collaboration front



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Video: 10th annual InHouse general counsel roundtable — Making decisions based on RFPs
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the fourth and final video from the roundtable, the participants discuss who has the final decision on selecting a legal services provider based on an RFP.


Decision suggests greater freedom for trial judges in contract law case
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A recent Court of Appeal decision in Ontario adds to a growing trend that suggests trial judges may have greater freedom to determine whether parties are living up to their contractual obligations.

Young lawyer makes his mark among hot-rod drivers
Law Times
Every time Jonathan Hendricks sat down to study or lay down to sleep during his student days at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, he got a clearer view of his own legal future.

BLG tops prostate cancer fundraiser
Law Times
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has topped the list of workplace fundraisers for Prostate Cancer Canada's Wear Plaid for Dad campaign. Click
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Province watches as taxi drama unfolds
Law Times
Politically, the province and the municipalities need to find an innovative solution to the Uber entanglement without the heavy hand of regulative protection further coddling a sector that's now facing the reality of disruption, writes Ian Harvey in his Queen's Park column.

In defence of interveners
Canadian Lawyer, online
The Federal Court of Appeal denied six public interest groups leave to intervene in R. v. Ishaq, commonly referred to as the "niqab case." In her Trials & Tribulations column, Gillian Hnatiw argues that a stricter test for intervention will deprive the court system of a diversity of opinion.

CASL lessons learned
Canadian Lawyer, online
It has been slightly more than a year since those sections of Canada's Anti-Spam Law dealing with commercial electronic messages have come into force. In her column, The IT Girl, Lisa Lifshitz offers a few observations.

Is there a consultant for that?
Canadian Lawyer, online
More and more, it seems that "consultants" are being criticized for not being independent at all but rather clandestine advocates for a particular position, particularly the position of the person or group who hired them. In her column, The Twila Zone, Twila Reid asks: Should consultants be neutral, independent third parties or hired guns?

Making time for yourself
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Fernando Garcia, in his In-house Coach column, writes that, while it may seem as though we can't afford to take time out of our busy schedules to do the things that we enjoy, the truth is that what we cannot afford, in our careers and personal life, is burning out and allowing our work stress to adversely affect our family life and our physical and mental health. He offers a few tips on keeping balance.

TRU graduates first class of new lawyers
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
TRU student Cole Rodocker says it's on the backs of the newly called lawyers, articling students and summer students to set the example of what a TRU student can contribute to the profession, as well as on the shoulders of the administration to set the groundwork for future successes.



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