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  • Making police accountable long overdue

    There are many communities that have for years decried a crisis of confidence in Ontario police. The province’s much-anticipated new omnibus policing legislation, packaged as the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, appears to have been met with general optimism — perhaps as much a measure of the broad need and desire for change as it is of the bill itself.
  • Monday, November 20, 2017

    Legal advice helpline launched

    Donation to support indigenous law students

    Sentence appeal dismissed

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  • No freedom to remain silent

    The heated debate over the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision to require licensees to adopt a statement of principles related to diversity and inclusion has become a distraction from the work that needs to be done. While I am in favour of the requirement, the real issue, from my perspective, is not compelled speech; it is that all lawyers, and especially white lawyers like me, do not have the freedom to remain silent on these issues if we hope to maintain the public’s confidence, irrespective of the obligations our regulator establishes. In the legal profession, promoting diversity is not about political speech or belief; rather, the public rightly expects that the justice system reflects our broader community, and so diversity is at the core of what it means to be a lawyer.
  • Editorial cartoon: November 20, 2017

  • Monday, November 13, 2017

    New OBA Section

    TLA Awards

    Lawyer And Baker Extraordinaire

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  • Time for dedicated internet libel legislation

    It is often said that you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. However, it certainly hasn’t stopped the Ontario courts from giving it a try in attempting to apply Ontario’s antiquated Libel and Slander Act to defamatory publications on the internet.
  • Editorial Cartoon: November 13, 2017

  • Evolving role of amicus curiae

    For all its strengths, our adversarial system has its shortcomings. As the parties control the presentation of their case, if a fact or law is not in a party’s interest to bring up, the judge may never hear of it, however relevant it may be.
  • Monday, November 6, 2017

    Lawyer Settles Complaint Against LSUC

    Mag Introduces New Bail Policy

    Province Appoints New Judges

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  • Editorial Cartoon: November 6, 2017

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