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Wednesday, April 19, 2023 @ 11:54 AM

An LSO first: Two benchers continue litigation with regulator while seeking re-election

For the first time in a Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher election, two candidates are simultaneously suing the regulator while running campaigns for positions on the board. Murray Klippenstein and Sam Goldstein are both seeking re-election while pursuing claims they made against the regulator in 2022. ... [read more]

Friday, April 14, 2023 @ 5:22 PM - Last Updated: Monday, April 17, 2023 @ 4:56 PM

Federal Court dismisses privacy watchdog’s claims Facebook failed to safeguard user information Federal Court Justice Michael Manson

A Federal Court judge has ruled that the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has not established that Facebook breached the federal privacy law, rejecting the privacy watchdog’s claims that the social media giant failed to get meaningful consent from users before disclosing their personal information to a third-party app and failed to adequately safeguard user information. ... [read more]

Friday, April 14, 2023 @ 2:22 PM

TLA bencher candidate forum highlights election issues from slates, independents (L-R) Maxwell Radway, Jonathan Miller, Atrisha Lewis, Philip Horgan and Teresa Donnelly. 

Access to justice, mental health, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and bencher conduct were some of the common themes in a bencher candidate forum hosted by the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) on April 4. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 @ 1:32 PM

Former LSO treasurers raise alarm over FullStop Team ideology, urge profession to vote for coalition Allan Rock, former LSO treasurer

Eight former Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurers are “gravely concerned” about the FullStop Team’s “libertarian ideology” fracturing the public’s confidence in the bar and putting self-regulation at risk. In an open letter obtained by Law360 Canada, the former treasurers call on the profession to vote for the Good Governance Coalition (GGC) in the 2023 bencher election. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 05, 2023 @ 2:50 PM

Bussey joins Ainsworth in new partnership

Barry W. Bussey and Gary E. Ainsworth have joined forces as partners in Bussey Ainsworth, based in Peterborough, Ont. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 04, 2023 @ 1:45 PM

ChatGPT cannot be a ‘panacea’ to access to justice, LCO webinar speaker notes Amy Salyzyn, University of Ottawa

The benefits and pitfalls of ChatGPT were highlighted in a Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) webinar, where speakers discussed the technology’s potential uses, ethical obligations and the impact on access to justice. However, as speaker Amy Salyzyn noted, ChatGPT cannot be a “panacea” to access to justice as “lawyering is more than just generating language.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 03, 2023 @ 9:11 AM

Steps need to be taken to help Quebec women lawyers be on more equal footing: experts and report Suzie Lanthier, Gowling WLG

An overhaul of the legal business paradigm coupled with more women attaining positions of power and greater transparency over remuneration are key towards helping women achieve more parity and to stem their exodus from the legal profession, urges a report and legal pundits. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 30, 2023 @ 5:16 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2023 @ 6:40 PM

Conduct complaint against SCC Justice Brown referred to judicial council's review panel Russell Brown

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is referring a conduct complaint against Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown last January — of a nature the council continues to refuse to disclose — to a five-person CJC “review panel.” ​​​​​​​The review panel will determine whether the conduct alleged in the complaint — which the judge has denied — is serious enough to potentially lead to the 57-year-old judge’s removal from the bench and therefore should be referred to a public CJC Inquiry Committee to ascertain whether or not the judge engaged in misconduct and, if so, whether the misconduct was serious enough that the CJC should recommend the judge’s removal to the federal justice minister. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 @ 9:39 AM

LSO voting guides for bencher election now available online

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) voting guides for the upcoming bencher election are now available online. The LSO says the guides contain biographical information and election statements provided by each of the candidates running for bencher. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 @ 2:16 PM

B.C. decision on software taxation has important implications for industry, consumers: lawyer Gavin Cameron, Fasken

A Vancouver-based tech company has won its fight with the province over the taxation of several cloud computing and technical service products it had purchased, a case which dealt with the definition of “software program” under British Columbia’s current sales tax legislation for the first time. ... [read more]