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Monday, July 17, 2017

Alex Van Kralingen and Megan Keenberg have formed a new law firm known as Van Kralingen & Keenberg LLP, alongside lawyers Mark Repath and Katherine Chau.

The law firm launched on June 19, and lawyers will specialize in commercial litigation, civil litigation, regulatory proceedings, and employment law. Keenberg also has experience as a mediator, with specialized training in dispute resolution.

The Toronto Lawyers Association invites lawyers to go to the Oasis Rooftop Patio at Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant, on Wednesday August 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a summer event. The cost of the event is $30 for TLA non-members, and free for TLA members.

The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers has launched a new website at The website publicizes events going on in the community, including the National Bar Association’s conference from July 29 to August 4, 2017. The conference in Toronto will be the first time the event is held outside the continental U.S.A.

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled there is no discretion for lower court judges to avoid imposing mandatory victim surcharges on offenders, regardless of their ability to pay the fines.
Readers were asked if  they agreed with imposing surcharges on all offenders.

About 39 per cent said yes, all offenders should have to pay mandatory victim surcharges.

About 61 per cent said no, lower court judges should have some discretion in this area.

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