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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 …

Head injuries in professional sports raise awareness for concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Earlier this month, we saw Germany take home the 2014 World Cup with a beautiful goal by Mario Gotze. However, during the same game, Christoph Kramer’s head first collision with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay arguably received just as much attention. The replay shows Kramer’s head violently strike the shoulder of Garay and whip backwards causing him to collapse on the field. After the hit, Kramer continued …