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Two lawyers battle for PC crown

Yamri Taddese - Monday, March 30, 2015

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.
MPP Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa) says her current job and the one she’s applying for aren’t all that different from being a lawyer.

“In your legal profession, people pay you to solve their legal problems, but I see my role as an MPP in a very similar manner. The public pays my salary, so I owe the same duty to my constituents certainly as I owed my clients,” says Elliott, who practised real estate, corporate, and estates law at Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy LLP (now Flaherty McCarthy LLP) prior to assuming political office.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

BOARDROOM DEDICATED TO ASSOCIATE CHIEF JUDGES
There’s now a boardroom at the Ontario Court of Appeal dedicated to the current and former associate chief justices.

The court invited retired associate chief justices John Morden, Coulter Osborne, and Dennis O’Connor to the opening of the newly dedicated boardroom on March 20.

The dedication honours “the substantial contribution these individuals have made and continue to make to the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the administration of justice in Ontario,” said Jacob Bakan, special counsel for the office of the chief justice.

There have been five associate chief justices in Ontario, according to Bakan. “In establishing this position, the governments of Canada and Ontario recognized the need for an associate chief justice to assist with the considerable administrative responsibilities associated with operating Canada’s busiest appellate court. Ontario remains the only province in Canada to have an associate chief justice at the appellate level.”

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