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The Wild, Wild West

Western edges out win in tight OTLA Cup competition The best in the west defeated the rest – but not without a fight.  The OTLA Cup returned to be heard in Kingston where it began 23 years ago, but the University of Western Ontario is taking it home in 2015. And what a Cup it was!  Ten competitors and five witnesses from five of Ontario’s …

The Bencher Election Voting Guide is now available

OTLA urges all members to vote for candidates that oppose implementation of ABS as proposed by the Law Society. The time to vote for the next Law Society Benchers draws near. In order to ensure that eligible lawyers are well-equipped when voting opens in April, OTLA has prepared a Voting Guide, complete with a list of candidates who oppose the implementation of Alternative Business Structures. OTLA …

Standards of Excellence: Defining legal professionalism, ethics and integrity

Toronto lawyer Joseph Groia, the first lawyer convicted for incivility on the basis of submissions made in court on behalf of a client, is taking his long-standing legal battle to Ontario’s top court. From the Toronto Star. Mr. Groia succesfully represented Mr. Felderhof, an officer and director of Bre-X, a Calgary-based mining company that had grown to a multi-billion dollar company largely based on its claim …

Ride at your own risk: The perils of ride sharing services

This past year the app-based ride sharing service, Uber has come to Canada. Uber denies that it is a commercial transportation company; rather, it describes itself as a technology company only offering a matchmaking service to connect riders with drivers. Uber is currently operating in Toronto and Ottawa. Uber operates through a smart phone app or web browser. If someone needs a ride, the person requests …

Chronic Pain, Cannabis, Cookies and Coverage

Many victims of accidents suffer from chronic pain. They turn to various forms of pain relief to help them get through the day. Their remedies to cope with the pain range from traditional medical intervention, prescription medication to the use of Cannabis Sativa in the form of medically approved marijuana. The use of marijuana remains controversial. Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose, speaking at the Canadian …

Why Making Defendants Pay Serves Justice

This past week, the Ontario Liberal government publicly indicated that the government isn’t planning on changing the province’s law on joint and several liability. This is welcome decision for the rule of law in Ontario. Joint and several liability has been part of the common-law legal system for centuries. Joint and several liability means that if there are more than one defendant and both are …