Lawyer ads, referral fees under fire in Ontario law society report

▶ Ontario’s legal regulator recommends changes to lawyer advertising rules and a ban or tighter controls on lawyer referral fees. A Law Society of Upper Canada committee released a report Tuesday recommending referral fees — money paid when one lawyer refers a client to another lawyer — either be banned outright or capped. When it comes to referral fees, the working group’s view is that there are “significant issues” with the current operation and “apparent non compliance” with existing rules. Currently, the law society allows referral fees if the client consents, the fee is reasonable and does not increase the client’s bill. One concern about banning fees altogether would be that it would lead to undisclosed “cash” referral payments, the report says.

February 22, 2017 01:09 UTC

Residents rescued from flooded northern California neighbourhoods

Earlier Tuesday, firefighters rescued five people stranded by flooding at a homeless camp along the same creek in San Jose. Firefighters went door-to-door to tell residents to get out of their homes because the city does not have sirens or another emergency warning system, San Jose spokesman David Vossbrink said. The latest downpours swelled waterways to flood levels and left about half the state under flood, wind and snow advisories. In another area of San Jose, the fire department was called to Coyote Creek amid reports of as many as 40 people being stranded at a homeless encampment. The latest downpours swelled waterways to flood levels and left about half the state under flood, wind and snow advisories.

February 22, 2017 01:07 UTC

Federal pay system glitch drives prison guard's family to the food bank

says his family had to go to the food bank recently because repeated technical issues with his paycheque have left him scrambling to make ends meet. Doug Holloway says he won't get paid this week because of a glitch with the federal government's troubled Phoenix pay system. Holloway says he has been forced to borrow from family, friends and co-workers to support his wife and four children. "I live paycheque to paycheque, just like a lot of people do, and it's quite hard," he said. PhoenixThe federal government rolled out Phoenix as its new automated payroll system in February, 2016.

February 22, 2017 00:56 UTC

Warm weather woes: Truck goes through Red River ice near Lockport

The warm weather has wreaked havoc on the hopes of people fishing on the ice, and safety on the ice is becoming an issue, says a longtime Red River outfitter and guide. Stuart McKay has seen the ice through thick and thin in his 30-year career, but he said this year's melt is unique. "We are into a scenario where we are [in the] third week of February; we've not seen temperatures like this," he said. RCMP say on Monday night, a truck went through the ice on the east side of the Red River near Lockport, Man. "The ice is deteriorating, obviously, with all this warm weather," McKay said.

February 22, 2017 00:56 UTC

Criminal justice 'too slow,' Ontario's attorney general seeks reform

'Pace of criminal justice is too slow'Naqvi said he was concerned that guidance was not being applied evenly across the country. In Ontario, the Supreme Court decision has led to stays of proceedings in a number of criminal cases. Naqvi said delays in the justice system were an issue that needed to be addressed, because the "pace of criminal justice is too slow," and prompt justice is a Charter right. "We must do everything possible to avoid stays of proceedings in criminal cases," Naqvi wrote. "Our government is committed to ensuring our criminal justice system works efficiently and effectively."

February 22, 2017 00:33 UTC

Former Hells Angels clubhouse demolished

The former Hells Angels clubhouse on Eastern Ave. in Toronto has been demolished. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star ) Order this photoFor the last two weeks, Sohail Shaikh and his family have awoken to the sound of demolition crews razing the former clubhouse of Toronto’s Hells Angels chapter. “So now, it’s all gone.” The Shaikh family lives a few doors down from where the yellowed two-story cinderblock house once stood near Logan Ave. and Eastern Ave. in Leslieville. The legendary Hells Angels clubhouse on Eastern Avenue in a 2015 photo. Developers are already eyeing the neighbourhood—the abandoned Weston Bakery nearby is due to be demolished, as is the Red Door shelter.

February 22, 2017 00:22 UTC

‘I never thought I’d be back’: Former Scotties champion Heather Nedohin saves Alberta’s hopes as emergency skip

The sweet part is that Kleibrink four weeks ago enlisted the services of 2012 Scotties champion Heather Nedohin as alternate. And in three games as skip here at the Meridian Centre, Nedohin has led Alberta to a pair of crucial victories. “I’m going to get emotional,” she said Tuesday morning. I do miss this.”RelatedKleibrink, 48, was Scotties runner-up as Alberta skip in 2008, two years after winning the Canadian Olympic trials and winning bronze at the Turin Winter Games. Curling really irritates it.”Although Kleibrink had been lifting weights daily, she said that didn’t cause her injury.

February 22, 2017 00:19 UTC

'We need more urgency': Edmontonians rally for more support in opioid crisis

Gray attended the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs rally in downtown Edmonton on Tuesday to demand the Canadian government revise its approach to the opioid and fentanyl crisis. Experts noted the total number of opioid deaths is even higher. The Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy announced in December restores harm reduction as a core part of Canada's drug policy, he said. On Feb.17, the government announced $65 million over five years to fight the opioid crisis and implement an Opioid Action Plan. Twan says the government, and society, need to look beyond the stigma surrounding drug users to help curb the crisis.

February 22, 2017 00:11 UTC

Canadian inventor of Hawaiian pizza defends pineapple after Iceland's president disses fruit topping

Canadian inventor of Hawaiian pizza defends pineapple after Iceland's president disses fruit toppingmore stories from this episodeFull EpisodeThe president of Iceland has made a bold, shocking statement about a Canadian invention. He went on to say if he could, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping. Helen Mann: The president of Iceland says pineapple on pizza should be illegal. You invented pineapple on pizza so what do you say to the president? HM: Well, he just doesn't like it and he thinks it's...SP: When I was working on the pineapple pizza — he wasn't even born.

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Simpsons’ classic softball episode celebrates 25th anniversary with spring ‘induction’ into Baseball Hall of Fame

Even in 1993, when the Simpsons episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” aired, a Grammy award was not a particularly valuable pop-culture artifact. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that it will “induct” the portly 39-year-old into its hallowed museum in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the “Homer at the Bat” episode. We are honoured to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat,’” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said in a news release. “It shows what not following your dreams can do.”The day at the Hall of Fame is anchored by the annual Hall of Fame Classic contested by Hall of Famers and other recently retired players representing every MLB team. For more information on the May 27 festivities, visit the Hall of Fame website.

February 21, 2017 23:58 UTC

Tian Yi Zhang sentenced to 14 years for deadly abduction

Tian Yi Zhang, 24, has been given a 14-year prison sentence for his role in the botched abduction that left Peng Sun, 22, dead in North Vancouver in 2015. Supreme Court judge heard some of the disturbing details in the case against Tian Yi Zhang during a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Vancouver. Zhang pleaded guilty to manslaughter, extortion and criminal confinement in the abduction and ransom scheme. Zhang pleaded guilty to a separate forcible confinement charge, for which he received a three year sentence, also to be served concurrently. Hermanson told the court that Zhang then called Sun's parents in China using Sun's phone.

February 21, 2017 23:48 UTC

Canada to spend $28 million to give asylum to 1,200 more Yazidi refugees fleeing ISIL

— The government says it will admit 1,200 Yazidis, including family groups, by the end of the year, with 400 to have arrived by Wednesday. — The program is expected to cost $28 million, including transportation, income support and settlement needsIn addition to 1,200 government-assisted refugees, the government says it also intends to facilitate private sponsorships of Yazidi refugees. Although the motion referred only to providing asylum to Yazidi women and girls, the 1,200 refugees will include male family members. Still, he said a “significant majority” of the 1,200 will be Yazidi due to the “high level of violence” they’ve suffered. While the majority of the 1,200 refugees will come from Iraq, the government said some will also be accepted from Lebanon and Turkey.

February 21, 2017 23:47 UTC

Raptors ready for the stretch run to begin

The minutiae of the schedule: 12 at home and 13 on the road; key Eastern Conference games left against Boston, Washington (twice), Atlanta, Indiana (three times); only two of the 25 out of the Eastern time zone. It’s a somewhat abbreviated unofficial second half of the NBA season that the Toronto Raptors are embarking on, starting Friday at home against the Boston Celtics. All eyes are on Raptors president Masai Ujiri this week leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. If they find a constant nine- or 10-man rotation the rest of the way, they could close the gap on Washington, Boston and Cleveland ahead of them. So until Thursday evening arrives and the deals are done nor not done, it’s hard to say for sure just who the Raptors will be chasing.

February 21, 2017 23:29 UTC

Ontario teacher allegedly told students vaccines can lead to death

A teacher who is accused of disrupting a vaccine clinic in a high school cafeteria, telling students vaccinations could lead to death, appeared at a disciplinary hearing at the Ontario College of Teachers on Tuesday. “It’s embarrassing really that I didn’t know about the effects as a parent, as a teacher, as a biology teacher. Students were receiving vaccines for polio, diphtheria, and other diseases that day, Swick said. Swick said she notifies students about the most common side effects and will mention certain side effects if student’s answers to her screening questions make it relevant to do so. “Clearly it is not the teachers job to address students lined up to get vaccinations,” Quistberg said.

February 21, 2017 23:22 UTC

Champions League: Dazzling attacking highlights wild Man City win

Manchester City scored three goals in 11 minutes to fight back for a 5-3 win over Monaco in a wild Champions League match full of dazzling attacking play and dreadful defending on Tuesday. It was the highest-scoring first leg in a Champions League knockout match, with both teams threatening to score at will in the second half. It was a night to send coaches crazy and to leave spectators wanting more — and they will get it in the second leg on March 15. Gameiro created one goal and scored another, with Saul Niguez setting the Spanish side on its way, before Fernando Torres completed the scoring in the Round of 16 match. Manchester City defeated Monaco 5-3 in the night's other first leg game.

February 21, 2017 23:15 UTC

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