Current Issue

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November, 2017
  • Corrections found negligent for beating

    Correctional Service Canada has been found to be negligent in the severe beating of an inmate because he was placed in a unit with serious offenders and also as a result of staff failing to follow established security protocols.
  • Kenora lawyer launches $7-million lawsuit against LSUC

    A Kenora lawyer has launched a $7-million lawsuit against the Law Society of Upper Canada, claiming the provincial regulator maliciously prosecuted him.
  • Judge strikes lawyer’s claim against firm

    An Ontario judge has struck a lawyer’s wrongful dismissal claim against his former firm in a decision that lawyers say shows even practitioners need legal representation.
  • Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Lawyers say a government proposal to criminalize having a certain amount of THC in your blood two hours after driving will likely face a Charter challenge if implemented.


  • Doron Gold

    The Lawyer Therapist

    A wake-up call on sexual harassment

    Many years ago, in my early days working in lawyer assistance, I received a call from a young lawyer, about two years out. She was in extreme distress, having been fired from her job at a well-respected firm.
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    No freedom to remain silent

    The heated debate over the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision to require licensees to adopt a statement of principles related to diversity and inclusion has become a distraction from the work that needs to be done. While I am in favour of the requirement, the real issue, from my perspective, is not compelled speech; it is that all lawyers, and especially white lawyers like me, do not have the freedom to remain silent on these issues if we hope to maintain the public’s confidence, irrespective of the obligations our regulator establishes. In the legal profession, promoting diversity is not about political speech or belief; rather, the public rightly expects that the justice system reflects our broader community, and so diversity is at the core of what it means to be a lawyer.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    Correcting Corrections

    Law Times reports that Correctional Service Canada has been found to be negligent in the severe beating of an inmate. The ruling in Fontenelle v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONSC 6604, comes after the attack on the inmate at Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security facility in Ontario.

Focus On

  • Rising legal concerns around flooding

    With an increased number of floods being seen in recent years, due in large part to climate change, questions about who is responsible for flood mitigation is becoming a pressing topic for environmental lawyers.
  • Pay close attention to assessments, say lawyers

    With real estate at a premium in large cities, redeveloping old industrial and commercial properties is a growing trend, but this kind of brownfield reclamation also contains risks when it comes to liabilities.
  • Where aboriginal law and environmental law intersect

    As more environmental assessments for projects are taking traditional knowledge and consultation with indigenous peoples into account, lawyers say there can sometimes be a collision between project proponents and the duty to consult as outlined in s. 35 of the Constitution.
  • Uneven carbon pricing means guidance needed

    As a national price on carbon looms across Canada and with the cap-and-trade system now up and running in Ontario, disclosure is an increasingly important issue with regards to financial liabilities and risk assessment. Lawyers say that because there is a mandated federal carbon price that is a backstop and most prices will be administered provincially, the patchwork approach across the country will mean different requirements from province to province.

Inside Story

  • Monday, November 20, 2017

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Legal advice helpline launched

    Donation to support indigenous law students

    Sentence appeal dismissed

    Law Times Poll


  • Nov 20, 2017

    Editorial cartoon: November 20, 2017


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Law Times Poll

A group of benchers opposed to the Statement of Principles will need to win the support of their colleagues to repeal the requirement. Do you think they will be successful in repealing the statement of principles in the coming year?