Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Environmental Law and Litigation  2. SOQUIJ Blogue  3. Legal Feeds Blog  4. Legal Post  5. Thoughtful Legal Management

Environmental Law and Litigation
Oil Sands tailings pond management not meeting environmental targets
The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board has released its 2012 Tailings Management Assessment Report, Oil Sands Mining Industry. It concludes: “Industry performance over the 2010/2012 reporting period has not met the original expectations of Directive 074. However, the ERCB notes that all operators have committed significant resources towards managing their tailings in accordance with the objectives of Directive 074, made material progress in developing and implementing fines capture technologies as part of their tailings management plans . . .

Le syndic de l’Ordre des opticiens d’ordonnances du Québec peut porter plainte contre des optométristes
En février 2012, le Conseil de discipline de l’Ordre des optométristes du Québec, saisi de plaintes disciplinaires à l’encontre de quatre optométristes — Brisson, Coulombe, Hardy et Chassé —, a été appelé à décider si le syndic de l’Ordre des opticiens d’ordonnances du Québec, en tant que plaignant privé, avait un intérêt suffisant pour porter plainte contre des optométristes. Dans ses décisions portant sur une requête pour réouverture d’enquête, il a répondu par la négative et a rejeté les plaintes disciplinaires. . . .

Legal Feeds Blog
Appeal court upholds racial discrimination ruling against Peel law librarian
Two black lawyers and an articling student who were asked to show their IDs in a Brampton, Ont., court several years ago were discriminated against based on their race, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Thursday. The finding sets aside a 2011 Divisional Court’s decision to the contrary. In May 2008, Selwyn Pieters, Brian Noble, and their articling student were sitting with several other lawyers in the lawyers’ lounge in a Brampton court when a court librarian asked just the three men, two of whom wore their hair in dreadlocks, if she could see their IDs to verify they were lawyers. According to the Peel Law Association’s policy, only lawyers and law students are allowed to sit in the lawyers’ lounge. On Thursday, the appeal court said the Divisional Court erred on several grounds, including its application of “stricter test of discrimination.” . . .

Legal Post
Air Canada’s top lawyer makes the investment grade
David Shapiro, top in-house lawyer at Air Canada, last month closed a financing deal that was 17 years in the making. Air Canada raised $714.5-million through an offering of “enhanced equipment trust certificates” — a special type of debt financing vehicle that has only been made possible through an international agreement called the Cape Town Convention. There is immediate importance to the financing. It will help the airline purchase five new 777-300ER aircraft from Boeing in time for delivery between June 2013 to February 2014. But there is also a longer game at play. . . .

Thoughtful Legal Management
10 Step Process for Instituting Lasting Change
This is another great guest post from Beth Flynn of the Ohio State University Leadership Center. Today Beth is providing us with a 10 step process for instituting lasting change:

  1. Build trust
  2. Create a unified spearhead team
  3. Establish a pressing need for the change to be implemented
  4. Formulate a clear unifying vision
  5. Build and implement a specific strategy . . .


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