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Posthumous call for students killed at war

Yamri Taddese - Monday, July 21, 2014

"We only had one killed and one wounded in our company, not including two men who went nuts from being close to exploding minenwerfers, which are more dangerous to one’s nerves than to one’s body.”
Those are words from the diary of George L.B. MacKenzie, a law student who died in the First World War.

Many decades after MacKenzie penned those words, a Toronto lawyer sat through a Remembrance Day ceremony at Osgoode Hall and heard MacKenzie’s name listed with 60 Ontario law students never called to the bar because they had perished in the war.

“For some of the names they read off, instead of giving the year of call, what the person reading the names said was, ‘Never called,’” says Patrick Shea, a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in To...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ministry of the Attorney General counsel Orlando Da Silva is the new president of the Ontario Bar Association.

Da Silva replaces past president Pascale Daigneault in the role. Da Silva was previously the first vice president of the OBA, a role now filled by Edwin Upenieks. Elected to the position of second vice president is David Sterns of Sotos LLP.

In addition, Scotiabank senior legal counsel Lynne Vicars becomes the OBA’s treasurer.

A Superior Court judge has ordered a lawyer to personally pay costs for furbishing “unfounded allegations” against the plaintiff in a case.

In 1250294 Ontario Ltd. v. 2141065 Ontario Inc., the plaintiff, lawyer Ben Martin, had brought a summary judgment motion for foreclosure of a Sikh temple on his property in Brampton, Ont. The judge granted the summary judgment motion and dismissed the defendants’ counterclaim.

During the summary judgment motion, the...

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