@herpsderps123 No, it won't ! You can submit all your assignments and exams in the language of your choice regardless of the language of instruction of the course. So, even if you end up in all French classes, you can still submit your assignments in English if you prefer writing in English (or vice-versa for anyone who prefers to write in French in an English course).
My understanding is that "research lawyer" means very different things at different places--I heard that research lawyers at one large firm, for example, can't become partner. In another bay street firm, they work is more like librarian work than lawyer work. In another firm, they seem to be well paid, have great work-life balance (relatively speaking), and do really interesting work (think: doing research into weird equity issues, drafting facta, researching lesser known commercial law things, etc.--they're separate from the knowledge management group mentioned above, which is less legal work and more managing precedents and things). I think (although I may be wrong) that one common thread is that there's very little client interaction unless you're a partner in the group. Also you never have to do doc review, which is a huge plus.
As you can imagine, the job qualifications at the second firm is probably a lot different at the last firm listed. And this is just among the big firms/big name boutiques that I'm familiar with--I'm sure there are a million more permutations for what "research lawyer" means. If you PM, I can give you more details about the firms I described.
Yes and no. 8:30 a.m. in Newfoundland is technically before 8:30 a.m. in BC. Even though they tell you not to discuss I bet it'd be possible, for instance, to find out online which section is experimental (for the regular in-person LSAT, where the experimental section exists) for those living in an Eastern province. But of course writing the same test on a different day is a whole different situation.
I can also confirm first hand that this happens. I was a first year call working off Bay (outside of ON in fact) when, with the help of recruiter, I was hired at a large Bay St firm. Although not municipal law, like @hearsayheresy I was hired into a rather specialized practice group. So it definitely happens, but you do need a fair dose of luck and good timing on your side.
Happy to discuss my experience if you'd like @whoknows