Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from sixty recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.
Jana Steele, Ian McSweeney, Barry Gros and Karen Hall recently co-authored the C.D. Howe Paper, The Taxation of Single-Employer Target Benefit Plans – Where We Are and Where We Ought To Be. The paper offers a blueprint of how tax rules can be changed to better accommodate single-employer target benefit plans (TBPs). Many employers have been looking for alternatives beyond traditional pension arrangements to better manage their pension risks. …
Clicklaw Wikibooks Survey 2015
We recently launched a survey to study users’ needs on Clicklaw Wikibooks, our collaboratively developed, plain language legal publications that are made available on the same open-source platform used for Wikipedia. Clicklaw Wikibooks provide information in a variety of formats, from browser-based reading, to PDF, to EPUB, or even print-on-demand, which is available to all users and is also used to print titles for CLBC‘s LawMatters program….
LSUC Treasurer’s Blog
The question of Alternative Business Structures
“Don’t Just Check ‘Yes’ or ‘No’” is the name of an article I recently read on Alternative Business Structures (ABS). It struck me as succinctly capturing a point worth stressing as we continue our dialogue on ABS in Ontario. There are many possible forms of ABS, there are many related issues to be discussed and there are many diverse perspectives requiring careful consideration — perspectives reflected in the thoughtful responses we received to the ABS discussion paper released last fall….
The world has many problems to solve. Billions live without reliable energy and lack adequate access to water, healthcare, and education. More people die from lack of clean water than from war. Our food system, the primary source of income for billions, must grow to meet the needs of another two billion people. Poverty is endemic. These are some of humanity’s grand challenges….
Canadian Appeals Monitor
Advocacy, Incivility and Professional Misconduct: Groia v The Law Society of Upper Canada
Are the legal profession’s rules regarding civility at odds with a lawyer’s duty to zealously advocate on behalf of his or her client? Debate on this point has recently focused on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discipline of Toronto lawyer Joseph Groia for uncivil conduct during his defence of former Bre-X mining officer John Felderhof. The Ontario Divisional Court grappled with this question, and on February 2, 2015, upheld the Law Society’s finding that Mr. Groia’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct….
*Randomness here is created by Random.org and its list randomizing function.