Your GPA is competitive, and it does not matter that you did not take the LSAT. So long as your french skills are clearly stated in your application or you do well on a french interview if it's needed (and assuming your extracurriculars, personal statement and references are good) you have a good chance.
Based on previous years, majority of acceptances go out between now and end of February for regular applicants, meaning many of us are still in RFR, and most likely will be for a while.
Hope this helps
1. and 2. - I would contact TRU admissions; they probably have the best information on this topic. If you want to work in that region, it's honestly probably the best school for you to go to because you'll show you're committed to living in the area and I'm sure networking opportunities will be better. Firms in smaller cities/towns worry a lot about flight risks.
3. You wouldn't be working hours like that in the Interior in civil lit/solicitor work, according to my friends who are working there. They work like 9-6. Some other points:
The only wealthy lawyers I know who don't work a lot are rainmaker partners at Big Law firms in Vancouver, presumably Toronto as well.
If you're working in a major city at a Big Law firm, you'll have weeks with those hours but it's certainly not every single week. Usually when you're in trial as a litigator or on a bunch of closings as a solicitor.
I think Crim/Family gets super busy too but I'm probably the least qualified person on this forum to talk about either of those practice areas.
4. What kinds of insights are you looking for? I'm articling in Vancouver, happy to try to answer some questions. Just can't think of anything too helpful off the top of my head. Haha. 🙂
Most schools still put the heaviest emphasis on GPA and LSAT and it is rare that other factors are strong enough to override stats that put an applicant out of the running. At the end of the day, they want to know you have the academic rigor to make it through law school.