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  1. You'll also need a box TV on a trolley and a cassette player (No, you don't need a camcorder). Also, I found the bold part hilarious.
  2. I don't remember the first time I worked on the weekend, but I was offered a hire-back in the partner's office on a Sunday at 8pm, having come straight to the office from a weekend get-away. I still work weekends, but only if it is urgent or to relieve pressure from the weekday. I no longer work weekends just to keep up appearances, and if I'm being called in for a BS reason, I just say 'no'. Recently I was asked to attend a meeting on a holiday for no reason other than that it was convenient for a senior lawyer involved. I declined to attend, but offered to be available by email if necessary. I recognize that most students or new calls can't really do that, but at some point you have to set limits. There are a surprisingly large number of lawyers who think that working long hours and weekends, neglecting your wife and kids, abusing your health, and living in the office is some kind of badge of honour. If you don't want to measure your life in billable hours, then you have to draw boundaries.
  3. For what it’s worth, I’m a POC. I appreciate that there is racism in this profession and that it is surprisingly common in the workplace. I also know that some people use racism as an excuse to shield themselves from criticism. This topic only came up because OP decided to go on a tangent about their misunderstood lived experiences because they couldn’t handle some blunt advice from Diplock. And that pissed me off.
  4. In your original post, you made passing reference to a suspicion that you're "pretty sure" some of the clerks are racist, based on your perception of their rudeness. The thrust of your post was that you think you can find better opportunities elsewhere, want to keep this job just in case, and would like the experience of interviewing and participating in OCIs. Don't play up the race card when your strategy is called scummy. For what it's worth, I agree with Mal that it won't necessarily tank your reputation. It's quite normal for people to look for better opportunities while keeping their current jobs. You aren't a cheat just because you're courting another firm. Having said that, your situation is a little different because you have accepted and signed an agreement to return as a 2L student. Your current employer expects you to come back, and your current strategy would leave them without a student when they thought they had one locked in. Let me use a different analogy from Diplock's. This is not a situation where you are living in an apartment, don't really know if you want to renew the lease, and are looking for better apartments before you give your notice. This is more like a situation where you have signed a lease agreement with a landlord, they expect you to move in, but you are still looking for other places with the intention of reneging on the first lease the moment you have something better. Setting aside any legal implications of doing that (not giving legal advice), it is a scummy thing to do on a personal level.
  5. I come in and out of the office as required (I am in the office today, in fact), and the Financial District is still a ghost town. The video says that most PATH shops are open. Actually, I think more than half are permanently boarded up. The ones that aren't gone are closed, or open only some days of the week. The only thing consistently open throughout the week is the Starbucks in the FCP, so at least this area is still somewhat habitable.
  6. For a distinctly British greeting, I usually go for "booyakasha!"
  7. "Yours very truly" = Highest formality and my template sign-off. Reserved for formal letters to counsel/client. I use it because that's the template, and because my signature pairs well with the three-word sign-off. "Yours truly" = I use this less often, but usually when I don't really care for the person and feel that they don't deserve the extra "very". "Yours sincerely" = I never use this. "Sincerely" implies that the content is completely honest, open, and sincere. In reality I'm often biting my tongue and being polite. So I would not be sincere in saying "Yours Sincerely". "Thanks/Thank You" = Either I am genuinely thanking the person, or lessening the blow of making them do a thankless task. May also be used to convey snark, sass, or general annoyance. YMMV. "Best" = I never use, but judge people who do use it because of its commonness, blandness, and laziness. "Best" is scraping the bottom of the sign-off barrel. Name only = Exclusively for emails, because for some reason we deem it necessary to always put our name at the bottom of each email, even though our full names are in the 'sender' line. Maybe it's a form of validation that it's really me sending the email and not some Russian bot -- or maybe that's what the bot wants you to think - GL "KBO" = my best friend
  8. There are some provincial Crown offices in Ontario that also have billable targets, mostly those who do civil stuff and can claim costs.
  9. IIRC, CP24 was also responsible for reporting the ONCA case of Sullivan & Chan as effectively allowing intoxication as a defence to sexual assault, when in fact the cases were not even about sexual assault. A lot of stupid petitions went around calling on the Ontario AG to "overturn" ONCA's ruling. It looks like a lot of really intelligent people are working at CP24.
  10. There's something poetic about the sugar cube (signifying offer day) being muddled with tears (signifying reality). Sweat does not adequately capture the feeling of working your first late night or cancelling your first weekend plans or getting an assignment on a Friday at 7pm.
  11. I call this drink: "Of Counsel" One cube of sugar muddled with 3 dashes of articling student tears 2.0oz Lagavulin 16 1.0oz Sherry
  12. Queen's Quay is basically City Place but by the water. For me, a good neighbourhood is one that has inherent and organic character and not something manufactured by accountants. Queen's Quay is basically a cookie cutter neighbourhood with more vertical elevation. Everything is standardized, septic, and boring. St. Lawrence is I think one of the best neighbourhoods to live. I'm biased because I live in that neighbourhood, but it has the perfect combination of character, fun bars and restaurants, nice apartments, parks, proximity to the financial district, and not being too overcrowded.
  13. For much of the year I walk 25 minutes to work and back, with no special gear. As others have said, Toronto weather is generally mild and totally walkable. During the summer (when I don't want to come into the office drenched in sweat) and sometimes when it's raining or snowing, I'll take public transit. Slush has never really been a problem for me. Sure, it's there for a couple of days after a major storm, but the high traffic on Toronto sidewalks dries it all up pretty fast. I also don't understand your aversion to the PATH (for those not in Toronto, it's a network of underground tunnels/shops that connects most of the downtown core). You'll find that the sidewalks are more crowded than the PATH, so from a social-distancing perspective, I'd prefer the PATH.
  14. My office building (downtown Bay St., which has a lot of law firm tenants) sent a notice to all tenants saying that they expect most offices to be open after Canada Day and will be opening up the building starting July 2. Currently the lobby doors are locked and can only be accessed by key card, the lights are turned down, and the lobby furniture is packed away. I expect that my office will follow the courts' lead and open after Canada Day (courts are aiming to open in July, from what I'm hearing), although I really don't see the point. Most hearings will still be by Zoom or in writing and everyone has largely gone paperless anyway. Client meetings are also likely going to stay on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Does it really matter if I'm sitting in my office when I'm on a Zoom call?
  15. OP, nowhere in your post did you mention the area of practice you (partially) articled in, or what you are looking for. I think your problem may lie in not being sufficiently focused on what you want to do. Realistically, your articling opportunities will come from small to medium sized firms. Those firms will want to know, at a minimum, what kind of law you are interested in. Pitching yourself as a generalist will not do a lot to distinguish yourself from the pack. Feigning interest in a particular area depending on the firm is not good either. Trust me, we see right through it. Covid-19 is wrecking havoc everywhere and it will be tough no matter where you go, but perhaps this is the time for you to reflect on what you really want to do with your career and try to bring some focus to your applications and networking.
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