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Monday, May 28, 2012


University of Ottawa law professor Adam Dodek was one of 16 educators to receive the Capital Educators’ Award on May 17.

Dodek received the award for his contribution to public education and his work as a teacher at a gala this month.

Dodek was the only law professor to receive the award. The Ottawa Network for Education hosts the event in collaboration with 10 participating educational institutions.


Ontario had the lowest rate of police-reported family violence in 2010, according to a new report by Statistics Canada.

The report released on May 22 shows Ontarians reported 196 incidents of family violence per 100,000 population to police last year.

Prince Edward Island followed closely behind with 234 reported incidents per 100,000 population. By comparison, Saskatchewan and Manitoba reported the highest rates at 644 and 430 incidents respectively.

The report made the rates of police-reported family violence in individual metropolitan areas available for the first time. It found rates were highest in Saint John, N.B., Saskatoon, and Kelowna, B.C., in 2010.

In Ontario, the lowest rates of police-reported family violence were in Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, the Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo area, and Guelph.


The Law Society of Upper Canada honoured nine members of Ontario’s legal profession last week.

This year’s recipients of the Law Society Medal were Margaret Bloodworth, Bruce Carr-Harris, James Caskey, Mary Fox, Vern Krishna, and Doug Lewis.

The Law Society Medal honours lawyers who have excelled in their particular practice area, academic sphere or other professional capacity.

“Throughout their careers, these nine outstanding individuals have continued to enrich their profession, as well as their communities,” said LSUC Treasurer Laurie Pawlitza.

“They serve as true role models for the province’s lawyers and paralegals and we are extremely pleased to honour them with the law society’s highest awards of recognition.”

Keith Jobbitt received this year’s Lincoln Alexander Award for his commitment to the public and the legal community.

The Laura Legge Award went to Mary Weaver for her work as a woman in the legal profession.

In addition, Brian Lawrie received the Distinguished Paralegal Award for his professional achievements and commitment to the practice of law.

The nine received their awards during a reception at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on May 23.


The federal government has appointed Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP strategic adviser Lawrence Cannon as Canada’s ambassador to France.

Cannon took office on May 16 following the inauguration of French President François Hollande.

Cannon, who served as minister of foreign affairs in the past, joined Gowlings last year.


Dan Caldarone has left the in-house department of Cara Operations Ltd. to join The Second Cup Ltd.

Caldarone will serve as general counsel, corporate secretary, and vice president of human resources in his new role at The Second Cup.

“At Second Cup, there is a senior management team of seven and the general counsel is one of the people that make up the senior management team, so for me it’s not only a step up into a general counsel role but also a step into the executive management team,” Caldarone told Legal Feeds last week.

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