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  1. The cuts put the LAO budget at essentially its 2015-16 levels. You’ve got to imagine that there’s essentially zero chance a court would find that to be an unconstitutional level of funding, particularly since it would likely ripple out to other provinces with lower legal aid budgets per capita (BC, for instance). There might be a chance WRT to the immigration cuts. But I think any hope that the courts are going to find that a budget amounting to a budget freeze for three years, that still provides more funding per capita than several other provinces, is unconstitutional is a huge long shot.
  2. Go to Western. You'll save a boatload of money, and it sounds like Western has a better set up for your interests than Osgoode does.
  3. Am I misreading their budget here? It looks like they spend 242 million on their certificate budgets, including offices, 58 million on their duty counsel budget, and 43 million on "administrative and other costs". That totals 343 million, which is 3.8X BC's LSS budget. If you just take their certificate budget and 1/2 of their DC budget, you get a little bit more than 3X BC's budget.
  4. Yes, I’m sure that’s what you were going for.
  5. Imagine how much better this post would have been if Legal Aid Ontario had been established or governed by the Courts of Justice Act (or, you know, if the words “legal aid” appeared once in the statute). Instead, you look silly. Hint: LAO was established by the Legal Aid Services Act.
  6. Its a perfect example of where the federal government funds something it doesn’t administer. The logistics of said funding aren’t important, it’s proof of concept. I agree with the joint venture idea – I floated the idea of both levels of government paying for services that touch upon their heads of power. I think that’s a perfect solution. Logistics of how much to fund would still be politically problematic, but I think that it makes far more sense than the current system.
  7. Transfer payments? That’s how much of Canada’s healthcare system is funded. Yes, but I didn’t feel like practicing the high school geography exercise that would be naming the capitals of each province west of Quebec to make my point. Provinces and the federal government alike suck at addressing Northern / Rural issues because they’re hard, not because there’s something intrinsically wrong with the federal government that is solved instantaneously when they switch over to the provincial government.
  8. 1. No it doesn’t, it posed a question and suggested arguments in favour of an alternate arrangement. If people are incapable of simultaneously (I) disagreeing with a policy decision, and (II) thinking about the overall policy issue in a more complex way than “back to the status quo!” that’s on them, not me. 2. That is a horrible comparison, and honestly seems a bit offensive.
  9. Again, nobody is saying that the decision to cut LAO funding is defensible. You're fighting a strawman.
  10. This isn't what we're arguing over. We're arguing over who funds legal aid. We're not even arguing about who administers legal aid, we're arguing about who funds it.
  11. Literally nobody has said that cutting LAO funding is a good thing, and nobody is arguing in favour of practicing "twisted federalist politics".
  12. The divide between Toronto and the rest of the province is similarly real. If you think Toronto is managing northern issues any better than Ontario is, I have a bridge to sell you.
  13. Much better that some unelected idiot in Doug Ford's office draw up the plan, right?
  14. I don’t think those are administration of justice questions so much as operational questions about how to deploy legal aid resources. They only seem like administration of justice questions because the provincial government runs legal aid. If the federal government ran the legal aid system, we’d say those are all operational decisions.
  15. What does the administration of the courts have to do with legal aid? The substantive areas of law that sucks up most of legal aids resources are federal heads of power. The provinces have no control over them. Why not have the federal government pay for it? Or at least, why don’t the respective governments foot the bill for legal aid resources used in proceedings under their heads of power?
  16. Why doesn’t the federal government pay for most of legal aid? Two compelling arguments for the federal government establishing a national legal aid program spring to mind: 1. There’s no reason people should have access to more or less legal aid based on the province they live in. A person charged with a crime in Nova Scotia should have the same access to legal aid as someone in BC. 2. Most of legal aid’s budget goes to addressing federal heads of power, such as immigration and criminal law. I’m not defending the cuts, this issue has just made me think about why we have the system we have.
  17. Just to clarify a few things here, for any casual readers who don't understand how these lines of credit work: Prime is a floating interest rate set by the bank, so your prime rate will vary as the banks vary their prime rates. The recent trend has been increasing prime rates, and we're currently at near-record low prime rates. Historically, prime has hovered in the mid-to-high single digits, although it peaked at 22.75% back in 1981. Lines of credit don't have interest free grace periods like your government student loans do. You will pay interest every month for every dollar you use from the moment you use it. ZPP appears to be confused about the terms of the lines of credit. No bank is going to make you set aside funds to pay the interest on your line of credit. Some banks, such as Scotiabank, will automatically roll your monthly interest into your line of credit. Other banks may make you manually transfer money into your account to pay the interest – but this can be done by taking money out of your line of credit and putting it back in. The end result is the same – the interest is added to your line of credit – but there may be less administrative work on your end with some banks. Ask your bank – I know for a fact that not all the banks ZPP listed as forcing you to do this will actually make you do this. Payment-free and interest-payment-only grace periods are nice, because they give you greater flexibility and can decrease stress if you take a lower paying articling job (either out of necessity or desire). But keep in mind that even during your two-year payment free grace period, your line of credit will be incurring interest. It's best to plan to pay off your line of credit as quickly as possible post-graduation.
  18. Why don’t you want an Amex? The Amex is one of the best cards in Canada, and provides substantially better rewards than the Visa. Also, owning an Amex gets you a fair number of nice perks (front of the line presale, for example).
  19. Stats for Ontario show that the number of applicants has dropped significant since 2013, and have risen only marginally in the past few years. In the same time frame, increases in class size have outpaced increases in applicants
  20. Why is it depressing? In-house counsel at a major research institute doesn't sound like a depressing outcome for an IP lawyer (except insofar as she obviously wanted to make partner at a firm).
  21. You also should really sort out what level of trust you have in your employees. I get that concerns about fraud come with being a small business owner, but if you want your employees to be able to handle certain tasks, you're going to need to trust them not to abuse the information they have access to. If you don't trust them, you're going to have to do it yourself.
  22. Just have one card that you control that is used for "automatic vendors", and another card (or cards) that you give to employees for one-time purchases. Depending on the size of the expenses you expect your employees to have, it's possible to also use a petty cash fund in your office. Most credit cards designed for small businesses have employee protection and liability terms which protect the business owner in the case of fraud. You won't need to go after anyone – you'll contact your bank, they'll cancel the card and refund the fraudulent charges. Talk to a small business advisor at your bank. These problems aren't unique to you, and you're overthinking the solutions.
  23. You can also just cancel cards if they’re not returned. You don’t even need to be a lawyer to know that.
  24. Is there some shortage of lawyers in Newfoundland?
  25. I don’t think students are opting for Ryerson over U of T or Oz, but I think it’s possible it will draw from Western and Queens. I think it will almost certainly draw students away from Windsor and Lakehead.
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