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WLF – Manitoba: Celebrating success

  • July 10, 2017
  • Karen R. Wittman

On June 8, 2017, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum held its seventh annual Celebrating Success event in recognition of the achievements of women in the profession who have been appointed to the bench. The honourees celebrated at this year’s event were Justices Lore Mirwaldt and Candace Grammond.

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Peer support for new parents

  • June 09, 2017
  • Kanchana Fernando

A peer support program for new parents has been started by ASSIST – the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society. I recently interviewed Moira Vane, a federal prosecutor and mother of two, who had the idea for this program.

Making diversity work effectively

  • April 28, 2017
  • Debbie Douglas

The federal government’s message about diversity as our strength, especially in relation to the thousands of refugees we welcomed to Canada in 2016, has increased national interest in diversity. Successive leaders have viewed Canada as a multicultural country comprising peoples from different cultures and ethnic groups. The government's policy vis-à-vis diversity and multiculturalism is sound. Yet, much more is needed to translate policy into action.

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P.E.I. lawyer is first judicial appointment under new federal process

  • April 13, 2017
  • Emily MacDonald

In October of 2016, the Minister of Justice announced key changes to the judicial appointment process. Following this announcement, and as the number of judicial vacancies increased across Canada, many wondered what the effect of these changes would be. Would the process be more open and transparent? To what extent would Canadians see themselves reflected in the appointees?

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Islamophobia: Would hate by any other name smell so putrid?

  • March 16, 2017
  • Caitlin Urquhart

The Conservative Party leadership race has brought the debate over words like Islamophobia, racism and political correctness into sharp focus. The private member’s motion M-103, brought before the House of Commons by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid seeks to name and condemn Islamophobia and directs the Heritage Committee to undertake a study and develop a plan to address systemic racism and religious discrimination.

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WLF - Vancouver Island’s annual judges’ dinner

  • March 07, 2017
  • Carolyn Leblanc and Christine Murray

The laughter rang out throughout the evening as the WLF-Vancouver Island came together at the annual judges’ dinner on February 16, 2017. Seven judges and one master attended the event and shared their experiences and knowledge with those around them. While the weather caused some absences, the evening was a grand hit for those who braved an unusual winter night in Victoria.

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Sticks and stones: Female lawyers and gendered criticism

  • March 06, 2017
  • Carly Romanow

We’ve all heard the bad lawyer jokes, i.e. What’s the difference between God and a lawyer? God doesn’t think he’s a lawyer. We’re all aware that lawyers may not be the most publicly loved section of society and these notions of unpopularity are part and parcel of the role of a lawyer.

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