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Restorative Justice: An alternative path in sexual assault cases?

  • February 26, 2022
  • Interview with Jeff Carolin by Allison Lee

In an interview with OBA Criminal Justice Section newsletter editor Allison Lee, Jeff Carolin, a criminal defence lawyer with a restorative-justice-informed practice, recounts his experience representing a sexual assault complainant in a restorative justice process in Toronto, the first of its kind.

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SPILL: The worst career advice you have ever received

  • February 26, 2022

We have all been on the receiving end of unsolicited, vaguely undermining, or completely cringeworthy career advice at some point in our professional progress. From the questionable to the objectionable, we asked members to share the worst advice they ever received – and, thankfully, disregarded!

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Workplace Vaccine Policy Enforcement Under Scrutiny

  • February 26, 2022
  • Oksana Romanov

A law student with a passion for employment law reflects on a thorny topic that formed the focus of a recent OBA program – enforcing COVID-19 vaccination policies – and dissects the latest intel and insights from adjudicators in the know.

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President’s Message: Looking for answers? Start here.

  • February 26, 2022
  • Karen Perron

At the OBA, the pursuit of concrete info and expert insight that will equip lawyers to improve their practices and perform at their very best is endless and all-encompassing – and the fruits of this labour are yours for the taking.

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Don’t Let Your Hair Down!

  • February 26, 2022
  • Hamna Anwar

Criminal defence lawyer Hamna Anwar makes a request to senior counsel: When you are giving advice to junior lawyers who look up to you, please be mindful of the power of your words. Please do not provide advice that teaches young, racialized women to minimize themselves or play it small.

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Beyond Black History Month: Basic principles for life

  • February 26, 2022
  • Jacqueline Beckles

We can apply principles of gathering with purpose and collective brainstorming, and a philosophy of “I am because we are,” to continue to raise awareness and call for action, break barriers and celebrate Black excellence, and lift as we climb and light the way for others every day.

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Determining Liability in Stair Slip and Fall Accidents

  • December 13, 2021
  • Nabi Goudarzi (photograph taken by Y. Korany)

Stairway accidents result in numerous serious injuries and significant financial losses. A forensic structural engineer outlines the various aspects of stair construction that could affect its safe use, and the responsibilities of those connected to a stair slip-and-fall incident: the property owner, designer, homebuilder, and handrail installer.

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Reset Your Finances and Be Ready for What’s Next

  • December 12, 2021

As we start to travel again, see family and get back to the office, now is a great time to take stock of our financial situation and start looking forward to what comes next. Lawyers Financial offers a list of big financial shifts to consider as you plan for the year ahead.

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What’s in a Pronoun? Two human rights tribunals find that misgendering in the workplace amounts to discrimination in employment

  • December 12, 2021
  • Giovanna Di Sauro (she/her), Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them) and Nicky Kim (she/her)

After summarizing two recent Human Rights Tribunal decisions that, for the first time, considered the issue of misgendering of gender non-conforming employees in the workplace as well as their employers' failure to address their complaints of discrimination seriously or at all, the authors highlight key findings and provide practical tips for organizations in light of these decisions.