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Editors: Vanessa Carment - East Region; Angela Ogang - Central Region

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Why You (Yes, You) Should Have a Power of Attorney

  • March 30, 2021
  • Calvin Hancock, associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Many young lawyers may not think that having powers of attorney is necessary at this early point in their career. Calvin Hancock makes the compelling case for why everyone, including young lawyers, ought to execute power of attorney documentation.

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Buyer Beware: Rights of a Buyer When Purchasing A Resale Home

  • March 30, 2021
  • Ashley Bennett, associate, Soloway Wright LLP

In today's hot real estate market, buyers may forget that "buyer beware" is more than just a pithy phrase and that caveat emptor continues to apply to the purchase of resale homes. This article gives prospective home buyers a background on their rights and provides tips on how to avoid being caught without recourse if their dream home ends up not being such a dream after all.

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Black History Month 2021: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

Black History Month 2021: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

  • February 25, 2021
  • Angela Ogang, Newsletter Editor, Young Lawyers Division (Central)

We have to continuously speak about freedom, equality and equity because these are things that matter to all of us and they are constantly under attack. We need to take a deep dive into the lives of our heroes and trailblazers and see what lessons can be learned and applied to the challenges that we are facing today.

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A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

  • February 24, 2021
  • Tiana Knight, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, JD Candidate, 2021

Black history is Canadian history—is world history—and during the month of February, not only is it important to discuss the accomplishments of Black lawyers and legal professionals, but also the work that still needs to be done to create a seat at the table for everyone within the profession.

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Top 10 Lessons We Learned in 2020 to Survive Working from Home in 2021

Top 10 Lessons We Learned in 2020 to Survive Working from Home in 2021

  • February 24, 2021
  • Brennyn Watterton and Carolyn Poutiainen

As many of us are approaching the one-year anniversary of working from home, this can be an opportunity to reflect on how remote work is, or isn’t, working for you. Here are our top 10 lessons from 2020.

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Integrating Cultural Competency into Legal Education and Professional Conduct

Integrating Cultural Competency into Legal Education and Professional Conduct

  • February 20, 2021
  • Oyeyinka Oyelowo, Yinka Law

As our professional responsibilities require providing representation to an increasing number of multicultural clients, it is essential that the skills, attitude and values of cultural competency be integrated into legal education, professional development, and the rules of professional conduct.

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Terranata, the Standard Release and Implied Indemnity

  • February 11, 2021
  • Ivan Merrow

The recent case of Terranata Winston Churchill Inc. v. Teti Transport Ltd., et al., 2020 ONSC 7577 explores the meaning of a “standard” release in the context of multi-party and multi-action construction disputes. This decision also serves as a warning to settling parties—unconditionally agreeing to an undefined release may have unintended consequences.

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The Significant Impact of Waksdale on the Enforceability of Termination Provisions

  • February 11, 2021
  • Behzad Hassibi

In this article, Behzad Hassibi discusses the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc. This decision will have a significant impact on the enforceability of employment contracts, as many termination clauses that were previously enforceable may now be null and void.

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A Hometown Resolution

  • February 06, 2021
  • Zackery Shaver

Looking for a new years resolution? Read about Zackery Shaver's resolution to become more connected with his community.

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3 Tips If You Are Considering Changing Practice Areas

  • February 06, 2021
  • Ludmilla Jarda, lawyer at Nelligan Law

Not every lawyer wants to stay in the first practice area that they choose forever. If that sounds like you, check out these practical tips from Ludmilla Jarda.

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