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President's Message: Lawyers are people, too

  • November 30, 2022
  • Karen Perron

There is plenty out there in the world to discourage us and drag us down – the OBA is where we come to be buoyed and built up by those who empathize and understand. To all dedicated members of this demanding and rewarding calling, I offer this plea: Let’s not be our own worst critics.

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SPILL: How do lawyers give back?

  • November 30, 2022

As we approach the end of the year – often considered ‘the season of giving’ – we asked members to share one way they enjoy giving back, whether to their local or professional communities or to the broader public.

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A Refugee Story Takes Centre Stage at TIFF: An overview of The Swimmers from an immigration lawyer

  • November 30, 2022
  • Carrie Wright

The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival opened with the world premiere of The Swimmers, a film based on the true story of two sisters who escaped from Syria after the start of the war in an effort to make it to Germany. For this immigration lawyer, it was a worthwhile reminder of the realities faced by many refugee claimants not just on their physical journey, but also once they have reached their destination.

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Blockchain and Tax Law: Behind the curve

  • November 30, 2022
  • Matthew Boyd

Despite the meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies, the first tax legislation to specifically address them – an addition to the Excise Tax Act drafted to address crypto mining’s GST/HST treatment – was proposed in 2022, over a decade after Bitcoin’s creation. While a good first step, there are still significant uncertainties as to their proper treatment in other situations that will only become more problematic as blockchain and cryptocurrencies are used in novel ways.

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Why I Take Part in Make A Will Month

  • November 29, 2022
  • Nandi A O Deterville

Learning as you teach, engaging with your community, improving access to legal info, and raising the profile of your practice are just a few of the reasons that make participation in OBA Speakers Bureau public seminars during November – and beyond – so worthwhile.

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What Does a Lawyer Look Like? Time to truly embody diversity and inclusion

  • November 16, 2022
  • Ena Chadha and Emmett Rogers

A special achievement marred by a stereotypical statuette sparks a candid conversation between two leading human rights lawyers – one a non-binary, trans person and the other a first-generation immigrant South Asian woman – about the rigid expectations and barriers related to gender identity that persist in the legal profession, and what we can do to create space for diverse people while better serving the trans community.

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Looking to the Future of the Law of Work and Work of Law

  • September 12, 2022
  • Oksana Romanov interviews Sunira Chaudhri and Tahir Khorasanee

Two top employment lawyers shed light on emerging trends, intriguing developments, and unexpected professional challenges and rewards found at the centre of a practice area that continues to offer indispensable advice amid swift and sweeping change.

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5 Ways to Increase Efficiency in Your Growing Law Firm

  • September 11, 2022
  • Sukhi Hansra

For many lawyers, time is everything. But time is hard to manage, particularly when you are busy dealing with a slew of phone calls, emails, invoices and document preparation. Sukhi Hansra offers innovative ideas for growing your business efficiently, cost-effectively and with savvy application of technology.

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SPILL: Don’t you love the law in the fall?

  • September 06, 2022

With the arrival of September, and the energy, excitement and, occasionally, anxiety that back-to-the-books season brings (and inspired in part by Meg Ryan’s exclamation in You’ve Got Mail, “Don’t you love New York in the fall? — it makes me wanna buy school supplies”), we asked members what they love — or look forward to — most about the law in the fall.