- Should employers be permitted to discriminate for piercings, tattoos?
- WSIB Paralegal — changes coming to the Canada Labour Code
- Can language skills be a bona fide occupational requirement? Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
- B.C. Law Society Survey: Are British Columbians’ Legal Needs Being Met?
- Is appearance of conflicts of interest enough?
- Think twice before appealing an ONCA civil case — appellants win only 2%
- Can a negative employment reference be defamation?
- Class action seeks overtime pay for mandatory exercise
- Ministry of Labour inspector charged with extortion
- Court rulings affect social assistance recipients
- LegalZoom products to be sold through bog box store
- Can you put Pol Pot or a terrorist on a milk creamer? Swiss company apologizes for Hitler packaging
Tell Us What You REALLY Think – in the weekly SCOPE Poll
This week’s poll is about the CPD Requirement. Do you have all 12 hours yet?
Vote in the poll and let your voice be heard.
Connecting: CanLII Summaries & Commentaries
CanLII Connects is a free collection of summaries and commentaries on Canadian case law. This free resource includes decisive and persuasive cases that are relevant to the paralegal scope of practice. Contributions are accepted from those with a demonstrated capacity for legal analysis. Recent CanLII reported cases and contributions to CanLII Connects include:
- Consent, BDSM & bodily harm: R v Zhao 2013 ONCA 293
- Divergent opinions on meaning of “reasonable”
- When is a “bike” a “motor vehicle”?
- Hearsay and changing statements – How to test reliability: R. v. Kanagalingam, 2014 ONCA 727 (CanLII)
- Who owns Church property?
- Dismissal without hearing of human rights complaint upheld
- Legal victory, but no compensation, in French-language rights case at SCC
- “Cow-sharing” is bull: ONCA – Unpasteurized milk decision case commentary at CanLII Connects
- ONCA on workplace bullying – summaries, opinions from four contributors /li>
- N.B. court cites public policy as reason to void a testamentary bequest to neo-Nazis
- Arista Homes ordered to pay $15k in damages to employee fired for being pregnant
- Duty-of-care ruling may lead to new CRA employee standards /30205
- From the “X-Files” of civil law – Colin Lachance summarizes Langevin
The first Osgoode Certificate in Handling Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court & Landlord and Tenant Board Matters program starts Sat. Nov. 29.
The learning modules blend lectures, case studies and class discussion, emphasizing the practical, hands-on application. An evaluation component offers registrants an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the first three modules by participating in various in-class exercises led by a group of expert facilitators.
Not Your Grandfather’s Law Office – Altering the Future of Law
If the game changes, should the rules stay the same?
Technology and other pressures have changed the way consumers look for, use, and pay for, legal services. Yet, regulations for licensed providers have not changed much over the past 20 years. Changing business structures could spur innovation, give clients what they want, and protect the public – or erode public confidence, kill off traditional law firms, and open wide the legal profession doors to rogues.
The Professional Regulation Committee presented an Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group paper, for information, at the Sept. 24 Convocation. Titled, “Alternative Business Structures and the Legal Profession in Ontario: A Discussion Paper,” the report will be published on the Law Society website, along with ways to comment on the four ABS models being considered.
Writing in February? Practise Exam Could Help
A new online resource from a familiar name could help paralegal Candidates to feel more confident and prepared as they head into the examination room. Emond Montgomery Publications, widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading academic law publishers, has developed a timed practise exam for paralegal Candidates. It includes 60 questions that mimic the Ontario Paralegal Licensing Exam.
~ Paralegal Licensing Exam Candidate
More than 90% of Candidates who offered feedback after the August examination said the EMP practise exam was helpful. “Taking the test helped me focus my studying on areas I wasn’t too sharp on, and calmed my nerves,” said one who used the tool to prepare.
Go Virtual, With Lawfactory
Working from home by choice, or saving on overhead costs when just starting out… a new service provides virtual legal practice management solutions.
Paralegal Al Ricci, a former technology executive, started Lawfactory with one goal in mind: make it easier for solo and small practitioners to leverage technology so they can spend more time with clients, while keeping expenses down. The new business launches Sept. 2.
“Technology, when implemented effectively and efficiently, can have a real impact on a person’s access to justice,” Ricci noted.
After a 17-year career in software and productivity solutions, Ricci returned to school in 2012 to pursue his interest in the law. Even before he graduated, Ricci saw the need for a service that combines the cost-saving features of virtual office space with leading technology solutions.