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A Ruff Decision: Who Gets the Family Pet in a Separation?

  • February 26, 2023
  • Olivia Koneval-Brown

Many people consider their pet to be a member of the family, but what happens to the pet when there is a breakdown in the human relationship? Olivia Koneval-Brown sets out the factors that a court will look at when determining pet ownership after a separation.

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SPILL: One thing you do differently when working from home

  • February 26, 2023

With many of us now successfully splitting our time between remote and in-office arrangements, we wanted to find out what modifications to routine members enjoy when operating away from the workplace fray, so we asked them to tell us one thing they do differently on the days they work from home to take advantage of a more flexible schedule.

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Meet Kelly McDermott, the OBA’s Incoming President

  • February 24, 2023

In a candid Q&A, Incoming President Kelly McDermott shares her thoughts on the pride she takes in public service, the surprise early-start to her presidency, why success should not mean sacrifice, and the motivation behind a presidential mandate that will focus on supporting members through difficult times.

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Writing the Road to Reconciliation

  • February 21, 2023
  • Direct quotes from Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson

At a recent OBA Community Book Club event, lawyers Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson, authors of Valley of the Birdtail, talked to members about the power of narrative history to change hearts, minds and political choices; the real sacrifice that reconciliation requires; and the action they hope to inspire with their eye-opening work.

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President’s Message: Stepping Up and Serving the Greater Good

  • February 21, 2023
  • Karen Perron

In September 2021, I said that after my presidential year, “If I manage to give a little something back to an association that has given so much to me, I’ll happy.” When that time came, as fate would have it, I was asked to give a little something extra: six more months. With firsthand experience of the many ways OBA members step up to serve the greater good, I readily followed their example of sacrifice and community service.

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Named, Shamed … and Defamed?

  • December 05, 2022
  • Michael Speers

When contacted by a potential client who feels they have been defamed online or who has been served notice of a defamation claim, your first steps may be critical to a satisfactory resolution or successful case.

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Overview of Bill C-13 to Modernize the OLA

  • November 30, 2022
  • Jean-Michel Richardson and Kenza Salah

On March 1, 2022, the federal government tabled Bill C-13 to modernize the Official Languages Act (the “OLA”), whose review in committee is ongoing. This article provides an overview of some of the proposed amendments that the authors consider important in this proposed reform to the language regime that was initiated in 2018 by the former Minister of Official Languages and suspended during the 2021 federal election.

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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.