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Lawyers feed the hungry at risk

Neil Etienne - Monday, October 5, 2015

Toronto’s Lawyers Feed the Hungry program is famished.
Launched in Toronto in 1998 and funded primarily through donations to the Law Society Foundation, the program is facing a major shortfall that one bencher said is putting it at risk.

“When I joined the foundation board, I would characterize the Feed the Hungry program as healthy and vibrant,” Bencher Michael Lerner, who’s also a member of the foundation’s board, told Convocation on Sept. 24. “In the last few years, sadly to say, there have been times when it has been approaching, if not on, life support.”

Ian Hull, co-founder of Hull &...

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Inside Story

Monday, October 5, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario’s Nye Thomas is the next executive director of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Thomas, whose most recent role at LAO was as director general of policy and strategic research, will join the commission on Oct. 19 as current executive director Patricia Hughes prepares to leave the role on Dec. 14. “I am confident that under Nye’s leadership, the commission will continue to maintain the highest standards in legal research and law reform initiatives,” said commission chairman Bruce Elman in announcing Thomas’ new role.

Allen & Overy LLP is closing its Canadian representative office in Toronto.

The move comes as François Duquette, the firm’s partner in Canada, is leaving for a position at the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec.

“I can also confirm that we will be closing our representative office in Canada as a result and will revert to how we...

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