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Archive for November, 2018

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

PÉNAL (DROIT) : La Cour d’appel maintient le jugement de première instance ayant condamné l’intimé à une peine de 12 mois de détention et ayant déclaré les peines minimales obligatoires de 3 ans de détention prévues aux articles 99 (2) a) et 103 (2) a) C.Cr. inopérantes à son endroit. . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

Bill Tabled to Repeal Ontario Liberal Labour Law Reforms

On October 23, 2018, the Conservative Ontario government tabled Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 to repeal certain amendments made by the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (introduced as Bill 148) that introduced reforms and more job protections under the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. In addition, Bill 47 repeals Ontario Regulation 375/18 dealing with public holiday pay and makes changes to the apprenticeship program.

Bill 47 is divided into three parts. Schedule 1 deals with changes to the Employment Standards Act, schedule 2 deals with changes to the Labour Relations Act . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Thursday Thinkpiece: A Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Life, Not Just a Living

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form.

A Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Life, Not Just a Living: Ordinary Lawyer’s Doing Extraordinary Things

Author: Paula Black
ISBN: 978-0-9768285-6-3
Publisher: Black Box Publishing
Page Count: 162 pages (paperback)
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Price: Paperback – $19.97, Kindle – $9.97, Audible – $19.97

Excerpt: Chapter Eight

Finding Your Niche: It

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Posted in: Thursday Thinkpiece

Professional Cultures and Professional Ethics

When we think about lawyers’ ethics we think about individual lawyers and their choices. Our codes of conduct apply to lawyers as individuals. We consider whether an individual violated his ethical obligations. We sanction individual lawyers. But beyond that limited regulatory focus (which Adam Dodek has persuasively questioned, and which some regulators are moving beyond), our general conversations about lawyers’ ethics tend to focus on the individual. We talk about the good lawyer and the bad lawyer, the ethical lawyer and the unethical lawyer; we think about lawyers’ ethics in light of the ethical quality of the choices . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Ethics