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10-year limit on tribunal appointments could have serious negative impact

The Ontario ombudsman has “serious concerns” about the possible impact of a rule putting a 10-year limit on the terms of administrative tribunal appointments, according to the annual report released by his office last week.

Strength not growth main results of international mergers

When Montreal-based Ogilvy Renault LLP announced its plans to merge with UK-based Norton Rose in 2010, the company said its extended reach as part of a global giant would help it better serve its increasingly international clients. And in 2012, when Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP declared its intention to join with SNR Denton and Salans to create a new international giant, the firm said the move positioned it to capture both more inbound and outbound work.

LAO boosting funding for domestic violence victims

Legal Aid Ontario is looking at boosting its services for domestic violence victims — and wants your opinion on what should be included in its expanded offering.
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Lawyers welcome proposals to reform business laws

Outdated laws such as the Bulk Sales Act may soon be history if the Ontario government moves on a set of proposals to reform Ontario’s business legislation that many lawyers say are long overdue.

Prof calls for reforms to boost youth presence at Convocation

A University of Windsor law professor is calling on the Law Society of Upper Canada to change its bencher election rules with the aim of boosting the number of early-career lawyers at Convocation.
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Assessing the Bill C-51 challenge

The strongest element of a constitutional challenge launched last week against Bill C-51 is its argument against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s new special warrant system, says the chairman of the Ontario Bar Association’s constitutional law section.

Law students concerned as firm posts articling job covering a transit pass

With one law firm offering an unpaid articling job that covers the student’s transit pass, Ontario law students are growing increasingly concerned about an apparent trend toward unpaid positions, the head of a student group says.
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Should CEO of CBA take honorary military role?

A former Canadian Bar Association president and one of Canada’s foremost experts on military law are both expressing concern about the appointment of the organization’s chief executive officer to an honorary position with the legal branch of the Department of National Defence.
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Court construction spending falls as Halton nears ‘crisis situation’

As the Ontario government’s spending on court construction declines this year, lawyers in Halton County are sounding the alarm about mould discovered in the walls of the Halton courthouse that’s adding to the strain those working there have already been under.
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Legal advertising under the microscope

Darcy Merkur has had enough. Whether it’s misleading information about the amount of experience a law firm has on display with apparent pride on the side of a bus or phallic innuendo suggestive of big settlements strategically placed above men’s urinals at the Air Canada Centre, legal advertising in Ontario, in his view, has gotten out of hand.
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Family law can be a dangerous job

When Christine Marchetti first heard about the explosion that seriously injured Manitoba lawyer Maria Mitousis, one thought went through her head.
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Federal lawyers taking on government over political candidacy

The issue over when federal government lawyers can run for office is heating up with a senior official in the Department of Justice launching a legal challenge over the issue and a prosecutor making the political leap despite a decision denying her leave to do so.
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