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            Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award--winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

            This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Great LEXpectations 2.?Library Boy 3.?Labour Pains 4. Condo Adviser 5. Avoid a Claim

            Great LEXpectations
            New Guide – Create an Alert in CanLII Using Lexbox

            Last year we created a guide that showed our users how to create an alert with CanLII to receive Manitoba

            . . . [more]
            Posted in: Monday’s Mix

            Law Schools in the International Sphere: The University of Montreal Experience

            Law schools have historically been deeply anchored in their local communities. They train jurists who serve, and often lead, these communities. They operate legal clinics that seek to help the most vulnerable members of society. They produce research that, hopefully, improve the legal frameworks governing the life of citizens and the fate of organizations.

            But over the years, many law schools have broadened, or pluralized, their definition of the word “community.” Even if it is a cliché to say so, the world has shrunk. As a result, not only are law schools increasingly active on the world stage, the world . . . [more]

            Posted in: Legal Education

            Some Legal Aid Can Never Be Costed

            The recent release of the provincial budget in Ontario has many lawyers livid over the proposed cuts to Legal Aid, which amount to almost 30% of its funding. The cuts relate to broader reductions to the justice sector of approximately 2%, from?$5.0 billion in 2018–19 to $4.7 billion in 2021–22.

            These cuts may appear to stem from what appears to be higher figures for actual “Other Non-Tax Revenue,” which includes legal aid, from the interim projections for the 2018-2019 year, suggesting some concern that these expenses have been growing unsustainably. But a closer look at these figures suggests there . . . [more]

            Posted in: Justice Issues, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

            Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

            Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec.

            TRAVAIL?: à la lumière des faits de l’espèce, le juge de première instance aurait d? reconna?tre que les commis débarrasseurs se qualifiaient à titre de ?salariés au pourboire? puisqu’ils rendent les services au client et re?oivent habituellement des pourboires en raison du système de partage mis en place chez . . . [more]

            Posted in: Summaries Sunday

            On Masks and the Practice of Law

            Bob wears masks. As he enters a client meeting he digs into his vast collection and dons his client-facing mask. He straightens up and greets his client with a familiar smile. He speaks in a soothing, rhythmic cadence. He maintains utter composure as his client flails about, in turns lost, angry, and pleading. When the meeting is over Bob takes a deep breath. As he returns to his office it occurs to him that of all his masks, this is the one that never seems to fit quite right. It’s a good time for a coffee and a stroll before . . . [more]

            Posted in: Practice of Law

            Friday Roundup: Slaw Jobs

            Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or learn how you can use Slaw Jobs to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at .

            Current postings on Slaw Jobs (newest first):

            . . . [more]
            Posted in: Friday Jobs Roundup

            Tom Bruce, Pioneer of the Free Access to Law Movement, Retiring From Cornell in June

            Tom Bruce, who helped launch the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell University in 1992, will be retiring as its director at the end of June 2019.

            LII is the mother of all the “little” LIIs (like CanLII here in Canada), websites in dozens of countries that make legal information available for free to citizens. They all form part of the wonderful Free Access to Law Movement.

            In his goodbye message, Bruce writes:

            “Most of all, I am proud of all of the things that the LII has become, of all of the ways in which it has

            . . . [more]
            Posted in: Legal Information

            Ontario Bill 66 Given Royal Assent and Impacts Employment and Labour Law

            An amended version of the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 (introduced as Bill 66) was enacted into law on April 3, 2019, which revises several pieces of legislation, including the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. . . . [more]

            Posted in: Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

            AI4A2J

            The title of this post stands for Artificial Intelligence for Access to Justice. It sounds a little like buzzword festival. Rest assured however – there is no mention whatsoever of block chain or design thinking further down in the text.

            A few months ago we sent out an invitation to industry partners to join Lexum Lab (Lexum’s R&D team) to test a few AI / Deep Learning applications that are in the making. More specifically, Lexum Lab and the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) are collaborating on the development of a link prediction algorithm for law. . . . [more]

            Posted in: Legal Publishing, Legal Technology

            Thomson Reuters Drops High Profile Albeit Marginal Titles

            Thomson Reuters is quietly moving out of smaller businesses that do not have opportunities for significant revenue growth. It has really been only a matter of time.

            The titles in question are well known in the Canadian legal publishing community for quality content but just don’t cut it from the perspective of the Thomson business model and its expectations of significant growth in the top and bottom line. As of April 1, HAB Press acquired the Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer, Canadian Lawyer InHouse, Canadian Law List, Law Times, Canadian HR Reporter and Canadian Occupational Safety media brands, including the digital, print, . . . [more]

            Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing

            Microsoft Support for Windows 7 Ends Jan 2020

            The issue

            Microsoft supports its operating systems for only a fixed period of time after that version is replaced. For Windows 7 support ends in January 2020.

            Why does it matter?

            Microsoft will no longer provide bug fixes or security updates. And no longer provide technical support. Continuing to use Windows 7 after that date thus carries a higher risk of security problems and software incompatibility problems. About 40% of PC’s still use Windows 7, so a lot of computers need to be updated.

            What do you need to do about it?

            January 2020 sounds like it is a . . . [more]

            Posted in: Technology: Office Technology

            Wednesday: What’s Hot on CanLII

            Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about.

            For this last week:

            1. Cook v. Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., 2019 ONSC 2108

            [53] My determination that Ms. Cook is entitled to the Balance should not be taken as condoning Ms. Cook’s conduct in this matter. Real estate salespersons owe a fiduciary duty to their clients. They are required to follow a Code of Ethics that includes acting with honesty and integrity and in . . . [more]

            Posted in: Wednesday: What's Hot on CanLII