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October, 2018
  • Harassment and discrimination complaints skyrocket

    There was a 50-per-cent uptick in the first half of 2018 in the total number of new individuals who contacted the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario, according to a report released by the law society’s Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee.
  • Tighter restrictions considered for former judges

    The Law Society of Ontario is considering how it might implement a national proposal to narrow the roles of judges in the courtroom after retirement, according to a report presented to Convocation this week.
  • Lawyer denied licence to practise

    A disbarred British Columbia lawyer has been denied a licence to practise in Ontario after a Law Society of Ontario tribunal panel questioned his insight into the behaviour that led to his criminal convictions.

Commentary


  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    Wake-up call

    Much has been written in these pages in the past year about the silence in the legal profession around mental health issues.
  • n/a

    Trudeau’s gift to Google

    With little fanfare or consultation, the Trudeau government with its commitment to the USMCA proposes to significantly alter the existing common law in Canada related to the law of defamation.
  • Matthew Gourlay

    A Criminal Mind

    Barton is profoundly bad law

    It’s said that bad facts make bad law. But this is true, I think, only if the courts fail in their duty to apply the law fairly and impartially when bad facts tempt them to distort the law unjustifiably in one party’s favour.

Focus On


  • Opting out of class action can have its rewards

    The opportunity to opt out of a class action is offered in all Ontario class-action proceedings, but lawyers say there are some fact situations in which pursuing individual claims makes more sense than being part of a class.
  • Privacy-breach class actions may see an uptick

    Some lawyers are expecting that new mandatory breach reporting under Canada’s privacy legislation may result in an increase in the number of privacy class actions, which are still in their relative infancy and continue to evolve.
  • Review underway of Class Proceedings Act

    Lawyers say Ontario’s class actions process, which is currently being reviewed, could benefit from some streamlining and efficiencies to move cases along more quickly and avoid duplicate litigation in other jurisdictions.
  • Pre-certification motion can be efficient

    Launching a pre-certification motion in a proposed class action is a tough nut to crack, but it can be worth the effort in certain circumstances and may also help to narrow the issues, say lawyers.

Inside Story


  • Monday, October 29, 2018

    Monday, October 29, 2018


    McCarthy’s Announces $5-Million Donation

    No Decision On Law School

    Miller Thomson Partner Elected Vice President

    Law Times Poll

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  • Oct 29, 2018

    Editorial Cartoon: October 29, 2018

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