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A lot of immigration lawyers think the government helped Conrad Black with his residence permit

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (Image: Twitter)

In June, it seemed the rumours that Conrad Black had high-ranking government help with his application for Canadian residency had been quelled—but now they’re back. More than 80 lawyers (all immigration specialists) have signed an open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, saying they believe he helped speed along the newspaper magnate–cum–jailbird’s temporary permit. The letter is in support of a Toronto lawyer, Guidy Mamann, who had suggested such a high profile case wouldn’t have been left solely in the hands of civil servants without a “wink or nod” from the minister. Following Mamann’s comments, Kenney’s office asked the Law Society of Upper Canada to investigate and formally censure him, but the file was closed due to lack of evidence. Surprisingly, the famously litigious baron has steered well clear of this particular war of words. [Globe and Mail]

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The Law Society of Upper Canada keeps its name (not that it’s old-fashioned)

In what sounds like a truly stirring annual general meeting, the Law Society of Upper Canada decided this week to keep its old-timey name (so what if Upper Canada hasn’t been a geographic region for about 145 years and the name yields the acronym LSUC?). A few rebels had dared to suggest the society, founded in 1797, become the Ontario Law Society (or, even better: the League of Extraordinary Ontario Lawyers and Paralegals). According to the Toronto Star’s account, federal lawyer Tom Vincent unfurled a map of Ontario “with a purposeful flourish” to show that the historical boundaries of Upper Canada don’t represent the present region. Next, former treasurer Vern Krishna—who has a “well-trimmed, snow-white handlebar moustache and round spectacles”—argued passionately in favour of tradition. Ultimately, the deciding point was that the change would cost $1.5 million. An overwhelming majority defeated the motion—and then threw up their top hats and monocles and shouted huzzah! Well, that’s what we imagine, at least. [Toronto Star]

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