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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. This is the LSO. Get used to it. I'm sure they'll let you know eventually.
  6. First, you're not really being asked to take any opportunity that comes along because there are some firms that you were already interested in that have maintained a desire to hire you -- albeit in the Fall. That doesn't sound like a problem to me. Litigation work slows down during the summer months anyway as judges and many lawyers go away on vacation. The courts being closed right now adds some extra pressure, but everyone is expecting things to pick up significantly when things open up again. It seems to me that your real concern is that you are not being promised an exclusively -- or predominantly -- admin law related position. That is frankly an unrealistic expectation. Most boutique litigation firms practice litigation generally, but you will typically find lawyers within those firms who have particular areas of expertise. Most junior associates will be expected to take on all kinds of litigation work, not just the niche area that they're interested in. There are two reasons for this: 1) as a junior associate you're mostly assigned work by a senior lawyer and you don't get to pick and choose what you prefer to do (to a degree); 2) you know nothing right now; you need to gather broad experience in litigation before you can start to specialize. If you're going to hold out on a law job until you find something that is an absolutely perfect fit , you'll be waiting for a long time. That is especially true for something niche like admin. If you've got a job offer from a firm you like, take it. You're not being asked to enter into a contract of indentured servitude with the firm. Associates leave all the time. Leaving by itself does not burn bridges. PS: Your avatar is Michael Keaton as Batman. You want Val Kilmer, if you want to be consistent with your name.
  7. I know of one downtown Toronto litigation firm that has laid off its support staff and 20% of its associates. I'm seeing a general trend among litigation friends of significantly reduced billables, as an obvious consequence of the courts being effectively closed. For every motion or trial or discovery cancelled, a huge chunk of billable work evaporates.
  8. I wouldn't put a whole lot of reliance on the claim that it is "temporary". Income taxes were supposed to be a temporary measure, and here we are 100 years later.
  9. I would advise getting an iPad (with Apple Pencil) and a laptop, instead of a desktop. The laptop will allow you to write your exams. I don't think exam writing software is supported on iPadOS, and even if there is some version, I would prefer having a proper keyboard over the iPad keyboard folio. Having said that, I would still recommend getting an iPad. The ability to mark-up documents by hand and to take notes is excellent. I've incorporated it into my legal practice and I'm only sorry that it wasn't available when I was in law school.
  10. At this stage I think it is unconscionable for any law firm to insist that their employees come in to work. Legal practice is something that can quite easily be transported onto the digital sphere, if it wasn't for the dinosaurs who insist on having everything on paper. If people want to take a risk with their own life, then that's on them. But to force others to take the same risk, especially those who don't have the power to stand up to the craziness, is disgusting.
  11. With all due respect, you're a student. When seasoned lawyers say that you're offside with your opinions about Crowns, your credibility evaporates. Things don't improve when you double down. Nobody is attacking you for expressing an opinion. They are however seriously questioning the value of that opinion and the very thin foundation of knowledge/experience it is based upon. You are entitled to your opinion. Others are entitled to say that it is dumb.
  12. My firm has no policy and we don't have any facility to work from home. I expect we will just soldier on. On a personal note, I have decided to self-isolate myself from one of my parents, who falls into several of the at-risk categories. I live in a big city, take transit everyday and am in public gatherings like court quite often. The chances of me carrying covid-19 are pretty high.
  13. The capacity of a client to pay these disbursements is severely limited in criminal law. In many instances the client is barely making ends meet as it is; they can hardly start paying their lawyer (or staff) 0.50 km for the travel time. Articling salaries in criminal defence are pretty damn low. In most cases, this is out of necessity. In other cases, it is not. Some defence lawyers live and bill very comfortably, but they are more inclined to follow the market rate for criminal articles than to actually give their students a fair rate that accords with what the firm is actually pulling in.
  14. I'm assuming that it alludes to the popular theory that access to justice can be enhanced if only lawyers were prepared to do more pro bono work. It's a theory that is completely out of step with the realities of legal practice and is an insult to the many lawyers who continue to offer a lot of pro bono services (or services at reduced rates) while the courts remain hopelessly inefficient, legal aid continues to be gutted, and the AG continues a policy of creating more barriers to justice than removing them. It's even more annoying when this proposal comes from people who haven't actually practiced law and premise their opinion on a caricature of lawyers as greedy, ultra-rich, snobs.
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