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Bar shocked at ‘unprecedented’ recusal

Yamri Taddese - Monday, September 22, 2014

In a move some lawyers are calling unprecedented, Tax Court of Canada Justice Patrick Boyle has recused himself from completing further proceedings in a case after finding appeal materials filed in the matter had accused him of “deceitful and untruthful conduct.”
“I think it’s unprecedented, certainly, and I’ve been doing this for 37 years,” says Davis LLP litigation lawyer Gavin MacKenzie of Boyle’s Sept. 4 order in McKesson Canada Corp. v. Her Majesty the Queen.

Boyle had rendered a decision last year in favour of the government in McKesson, a case about transfer-price adjustments between McKesson Canada and its parent company, McKesson International Holdings (MIH)....

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Solicitors organizing to boost numbers at Convocation

With high stakes in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s conversation about alternative business structures, Ontario solicitors are looking to boost their voice in the upcoming bencher elections given that there are just a handful of them on the regulator’s governing body.

Unrepresented litigants make plea for compassion

In a frank open letter directed at the judiciary, self-represented litigants say they’re sick of being treated as “annoying obstacles unworthy of compassion and understanding” when they stand before the courts.

Editorial: B.C.’s labour relations example

One of the remarkable things about the recent B.C. teachers’ strike was that it happened it all.

Social Justice: Time to abolish Ontario’s civil jury trials

“Judicial resources must be husbanded to ensure that the courts function properly and that litigants have access to a justice system that meets the highest possible standards.”

Focus: 3-D printing an emerging issue for IP lawyers

For a long time, 3-D printing seemed like the stuff of science fiction. But the technology has progressed so far that anyone in Toronto with a library card can now rent one out.

Inside Story

Monday, September 22, 2014

Osgoode Hall Law School says it will launch a five-year pilot program that will allow law students to defer tuition payments until they’ve graduated and their income allows them to repay the debt.

“If their income never reaches that point, the loan will be completely forgiven,” according to a news release from Osgoode.

The offer, called an income-contingent loan pilot program, will start in 2015. The school has yet to work out key aspects of the program such as eligibility and selection criteria.

“This program will provide an entirely new way to access legal education, and when combined with bursaries, scholarships, and graduation awards, will advance our goal that every admitted student should be able to obtain legal education at Osgoode regardless of financial means,” said Osgoode dean Lorne Sossin.

Sossin said the pilot program would receive $1 million in initial funding. Over the five-year period, Osgoode will assess the program to see if it’s furthering...

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Should solicitors have a dedicated number of benchers at the Law Society of Upper Canada
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