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    AI needs debate about potential bias

    Artificial intelligence — or, at a high level, computer systems that are self-learning and self-executing — is introducing profound efficiencies to the legal industry by automating an increasing number of tasks traditionally performed by legal professionals.

    Carole Piovesan|Jan 15, 2018
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Language rights

    When one is not a French speaker or living or practising inside Quebec or other areas of French-speaking Canada, it might be easy to lose sight of the importance of French-speaking judges and French legal services.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jan 15, 2018
  • Rebecca Bromwich

    Now the work really begins

    In 2017, when the #MeToo movement was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the movements’ creator, Tarana Burke, said, “Now the work really begins.”

    Rebecca Bromwich|Jan 8, 2018
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Floodgates open?

    The Court of Appeal has determined in Winmill v. Woodstock (Police Services Board) that the limitation period for an excessive force claim against the police started running at the end of the underlying criminal proceeding.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jan 8, 2018
  • Susan Delacourt

    An optimistic end to 2017

    When 2017 got under way, Canadian politics-watchers were keen to see how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would find common ground with President Donald Trump.

    Susan Delacourt|Dec 11, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Rest up for 2018

    No one would say it was a dull year. While 2016 might have brought external developments that few could have anticipated, the most interesting facets of the legal profession in 2017 were the discussions that took place internally.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Dec 11, 2017
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    Reid technique is problematic

    In 1998, a 25-year-old unsophisticated man in Alberta was arrested for aggravated assault on his infant son.

    Jeffrey Manishen|Dec 11, 2017
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    Time for graduated licensing for lawyers

    Graduated licensing for drivers in Ontario started in 1994. At the time it was introduced, it was touted that the policy was going to save tens of millions of dollars in accident prevention and lives. The policy is very easy to understand and so intuitively and obviously correct that it really requires no justification.

    Ryan Handlarski|Dec 4, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Public space precedent

    The finding in a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court case, Vanderveen v. Waterbridge Media Inc., is worthy of note.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Dec 4, 2017
  • Lawyers, principles and equality

    The Law Society of Upper Canada adopted 13 measures to combat long-standing exclusion and marginalization of women, religious minorities and racialized and indigenous persons. One requires lawyers and paralegals to adopt and abide by a statement of principles that “acknowledges (their) obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in (their) behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.”

    Malcolm Mercer and Sandra Nishikawa|Nov 27, 2017
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