• Michael Spratt

    Ontario's legal aid cuts leave David unarmed against Goliath

    Apr 22, 2019

    Last week, the Ontario budget slashed funding to Legal Aid Ontario by over 30 per cent. Adding to the cruelty, the $133 million cut takes effect immediately – there was no advanced notice. And to make matters even worse the province has directed LAO that no provincial money can be used to cover immigration and refugee law, leaving that program with a staggering and unexpected $45 million shortfall.

    Michael Spratt
  • Kevin Cheung

    For spring cleaning, cleanse the clutter – but also clear morale-marring negativity

    Apr 22, 2019

    Spring cleaning is something some of us do in our personal lives. It can be a valuable exercise to incorporate into our professional lives too. Clutter detracts from productivity. Even if one functions well in a messy office, there is time lost in searching for needed items, and clutter is a source of distraction.

    Kevin Cheung|Soul & Small Practice
  • Philip Slayton

    Providing moral guidance

    Apr 22, 2019

    The relationship between community ethical standards and the law is a two-way street.

    Philip Slayton
  • Richard Stock

    Innovation a hot topic at CCCA conference

    Apr 16, 2019

    I recently attended the National Conference of the CCCA. Unsurprisingly, there were several sessions that dealt with some aspect of innovation in legal services.

    Richard Stock|Performance in the Law Department
  • Ron Poulton

    The Federal Court slices and dices more Harper law

    Apr 15, 2019

    Canadian Courts have been systematically erasing the Harper legacy in immigration and refugee law since Harper relinquished power to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his crew in 2015 – and rightly so. Now we have a new rebuke of human rights law carrying the stain of political whims – an apt description of how Harper’s government carried on refugee law. Whims usually don’t lead to smart decision-making. Perhaps even less so when those whims are politically driven, and not based on reason, logic or any sense of compassion.

    Ron Poulton |Border Crossings
  • Simone Hughes

    How to position yourself and your practice - Many can talk about the importance; few can help you figure it out

    Apr 15, 2019

    Heather Suttie, another Canadian Lawyer blogger and recognized industry thought leader on global legal markets and trends, started the conversation last month on the business value of proper positioning. I will continue the conversation this month with practical help on how anyone can jump right in and try it.

    Simone Hughes|Make it Count
  • Lisa R. Lifshitz

    The many lessons of the Equifax data breach

    Apr 15, 2019

    The Equifax decision and related compliance agreement between the OPC and Equifax Canada that that sets out detailed timelines for various corrective measures to be put in place by Equifax Canada regarding consent, safeguards and accountability in addition to six years of third party audits, offers a treasure trove of practical lessons for organizations looking to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (as well as some surprises).

    Lisa R. Lifshitz|The IT Girl
  • Kristen Slaney

    Law school is more than studying the law

    Apr 15, 2019

    As the days grow longer with sunlight, I realize how much closer I am to graduating from law school, and while that thought is exhilarating, it is also intimidating. This month, I decided to share my gratitude for things that law school brought me, whether it be through my education, or through moving here to Windsor.

    Kristen Slaney
  • Jennifer Brown

    The future is about adaptability

    Apr 9, 2019

    When people talk about innovation in the legal market, a couple of themes inevitably come to mind: technology and a change in the way clients obtain legal services. But at the crux of all of this is not tech or billable hours — it’s about the people and how they will need to adapt to change.

    Jennifer Brown
  • Tony Wilson

    The ban on surreptitiously recording conversations must apply to all lawyers

    Apr 8, 2019

    Under Section 7.2(3) of the B.C. Code of Professional Conduct, a lawyer is prohibited from using any device to record a conversation between the lawyer and a client or another lawyer even if lawful, without first informing the other person of the intention to do so. The language is virtually identical for lawyers in Ontario and other provinces and a breach of this rule is a breach of a lawyer’s ethical duties and could conceivably lead to a fine, or in very extreme cases, suspension or disbarment.

    Tony Wilson