Pulse

  • April 22, 2024

    What does loyalty have to do with it? | Murray Gottheil

    “Leadership is a two-way street: loyalty up and loyalty down.” ― Grace Murray Hopper

  • April 19, 2024

    Excluding ‘managers’ from collective bargaining doesn’t infringe Charter’s s. 2(d) guarantee: SCC

    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-0 that the Quebec legislature’s exemption of “managers” from a statutory definition of “employees” — thereby excluding them from collective bargaining and other protections in Quebec’s Labour Code — does not infringe the s. 2(d) Charter-guaranteed freedom of association of members of an association of first-level casino managers, which had applied to be certified under the province’s general labour relations regime.  

  • April 19, 2024

    The goofiest place on earth | Marcel Strigberger

    Goofy is in trouble. Big time. A Katrina Amian Redfern Griffin was visiting Disneyland in California. She bent over to tie her daughter’s shoes when suddenly Goofy, a favourite Disney character, apparently barreled straight into her, knocking her down and falling on top of her.

  • April 19, 2024

    Paroling lifers | Michael Crowley

    A couple of years ago, I was contacted by Alice Boatwright, an old friend who was writing her third “cosy” mystery, set in an idyllic English village. She wanted my input on the British system of parole, specifically as it might relate to someone who was being paroled back to her home, the location of the murder she had apparently committed.

  • April 19, 2024

    Mystery of bail in Canada | Norman Douglas

    Case 1: Alcoholic steals liquor from local LCBO.

  • April 18, 2024

    Gap in the legal field diversity pipeline | Fatima Ahmed

    Diversity in the legal field is an ongoing discussion that has been occurring repeatedly within our profession’s ranks for many years. The problem was identified years ago and continues to plague the industry as a mainstream area of concern. Despite many law firms recognizing the necessity for diversity in the workplace, many of them continue to be predominantly white and male. Anecdotal and qualitative data have demonstrated repeatedly that the legal profession, while getting incrementally better, is not moving the needle enough on the diversity scale. Law firms and law schools alike often place the blame on one another. Meanwhile, the diversity pipeline is running dry, and we have yet to identify the root cause.

  • April 18, 2024

    New partner joins Miller Thomson in Montreal

    Miller Thomson proudly welcomed Seon K. Kang, a new partner in its Montreal office.

  • April 18, 2024

    The multi-disciplinary lawyer: Why legal expertise isn’t enough

    The conventional notion of what makes a successful, valuable lawyer has and continues to undergo a transformation. While it is still important to have legal expertise, this has become just the starting point for the profession as a whole and is in no way guaranteed a successful representation of clients and the community.

  • April 18, 2024

    Understanding crazy | Murray Gottheil

    According to Professor Charles W. Kingsfield (actor John Houseman), in the movie The Paper Chase, law students “come in … [to law school] … with a skull full of mush and … leave thinking like a lawyer.”

  • April 17, 2024

    Technological revolution in legal institutions | Tega Adjara

    The backlog of court cases has surged to crisis levels in numerous countries, prompting a critical examination of how state institutions manage this pressing issue. Despite the availability of technology, the legal industry has long been hesitant to depart from its traditional reliance on paper and ink.