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Editorial: Unfake news, open info

On the face of it, access to information and press freedom may not seem like the most lawyerly issues.
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Speaker's Corner: Press freedom matters to lawyers

U.S. political journalists and the public they serve are, by any measure, in uncharted waters. Even prior to his election, President Donald Trump began destabilizing, disregarding and dismantling well-established norms of press freedom.
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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.
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Speaker's Corner: Guiding principles a must-read

On a day-to-day basis, a typical corporate lawyer spends very little time thinking about human rights. This is not out of apathy or a lack of respect for the issues but rather a lack of knowledge and understanding of human rights issues and how they can intersect with one’s legal practice. While, domestically, certain human rights are regulated by strict laws, when clients have operations overseas, the rules and requirements become less clear.
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Editorial: Words matter

A Law Times column that ran this past week has engendered plenty of discussion.
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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. 
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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.
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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?
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The Lawyer Therapist: The life of a family lawyer

Attack. Destroy. Emotional baggage. War.
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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.
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A Law Times columnist says given the responsibility to uphold the Charter of Rights and its associated values, Canadian lawyers should respect and defend press freedom. Do you feel press freedom in Canada is under threat?
Yes, there are ongoing criminal cases involving journalists doing their jobs, that concern me.
No, considering the international climate, Canada is a free, fair and open place when it comes to press freedom.