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  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: New accountants?

    When lawyers and judges are portrayed in popular culture, mathematics is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, after Jordan, it’s worth noting the complex addition and subtraction required to calculate where fault lies for a particular case’s delay. Take the recent ruling in R. v. Islam.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jun 12, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: Lawyers need to keep up with AI

    For decades, novelists, scientists, mathematicians, futurists and science fiction enthusiasts have imagined what an automated society might look like. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is rapidly evolving, and the society we could only once imagine may be on the brink of becoming our new reality.

    Carole Piovesan|Jun 5, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Words matter

    A Law Times column that ran this past week has engendered plenty of discussion. In the column, lawyer David McRobert asks: “Why does Ontario’s Law Society cling to an arcane tradition of insisting its name must remain as the Law Society of Upper Canada?

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jun 5, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Crisis looming

    Let it be noted that I do not think technological upgrades are a panacea to all the challenges facing the legal profession. However, when I repeatedly hear about the surge of self-represented litigants and the many challenges facing people involved in family law disputes, I am concerned about the disconnect between the formal legal profession and the wider society the law is meant to serve.

    Gabrielle Giroday|May 29, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: Time for LSUC to change name

    For decades, those of us who have come from away to live in Ontario have puzzled over a strange conundrum. Why isn’t the Law Society serving the residents of Ontario called the Law Society of Ontario?

    David McRobert|May 29, 2017
  • Doron Gold

    The Lawyer Therapist: The life of a family lawyer

    Attack. Destroy. Emotional baggage. War. These are just a few of the descriptive words I heard uttered while attending sessions during the County of Carleton Law Association’s Annual Institute of Family Law in Montebello, Que. recently.

    Doron Gold|May 23, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: Privacy needs better protection

    According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, more than 90 per cent of Canadians have expressed some level of concern about the protection of their personal privacy.

    Nathaniel Erskine-Smith |May 15, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Uh oh, LAO

    When it came to light late last year that Legal Aid Ontario was facing a $26-million deficit, a review by Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi was promised.

    Gabrielle Giroday|May 15, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: The Charter, the great protector

    Justice Ian Nordheimer’s recent decision in Ali v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONSC 2660 underlines the centrality of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in protecting underprivileged and marginalized members of our society. The Charter turns 35 years old this year, and while its history has not been without controversy, in both political and legal circles, Ali demonstrates the Charter’s continued ability to influence our jurisprudence.

    Hassan M. Ahmad|May 8, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Framework shifts

    At times, there can be a tendency in journalism to add drama and flourish, as well as action phrases, to the written word. That being said, it would be fair to say that when the SCC ruled in R. v. Jordan, a traditional legal framework was shattered.

    Gabrielle Giroday|May 8, 2017
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