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Page 16 September 12, 2016 • Law timeS TORONTO LAWYER BECOMES TRUSTEE OF SABA NORTH AMERICA FOUNDATION The South Asian Bar Associ- ation North American Foun- dation has tapped a Toronto law- yer to serve as one of its trustees. Rustam "Rusty" Juma, legal counsel to Deloitte LLP, has been appointed to serve as a trustee for the foundation, which funds legal education and research programs that benefit the South Asian com- munity. Juma says initiatives he hopes to pursue as a trustee include mentorship programs for SABA mem- bers and scholarships for law students in need. He also is looking to pursue advocacy initiatives carried out by legal clinics on behalf of South Asians. "Rusty is a leader in our bar and our profession," said Ranjan Agar- wal, the president of SABA Toronto. "He will be a valuable asset to the SABA North America Founda- tion in their public interest work across North America." Juma is a former vice president of SABA Toronto and also served on the local organization's board for four years before stepping down in August. CHARITY CHARTER CHALLENGE McCarthy Tétrault LLP is representing an Ottawa charity on a Charter challenge to a sec- tion of the Income Tax Act. Canada Without Poverty launched the challenge in the Ontario Superior Court, claim- ing s. 149.1 (6.2) of the act vio- lates freedom of association. The charity says that under the section of the act, "initiatives taken to encourage interaction between people living in poverty with politicians and other deci- sion-makers about strategies for the relief of poverty must be se- verely restricted." The charity has been under audit since the federal govern- ment started a program to scru- tinize the supposed political ac- tivities of charities in 2012. "CWP has found that the re- strictions imposed by section 149.1 (6.2) are contrary to its charitable purpose and prevent it from pursuing the relief of poverty in a reasonable and ef- fective manner," the charity said in its notice of application. The firm is taking on the case pro bono and declined to com- ment on the challenge. MEDICO LEGAL SOCIETY DINNER The Medico Legal Society of Toronto is set to host a dinner with speakers talking about med- ico-legal issues. The event, which will take place the evening of Sept. 28, will include a talk on Bill 132, On- tario's new sexual violence and harassment legislation, given by Lisa Hamilton, of Bell Temple LLP. The dinner costs $180.80 for members and $226 for non-mem- bers. For more information, or to register, e-mail YES, I AGREE 79 % 21 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE LAW TIMES POLL Law Times recently reported that an Ottawa lawyer is arguing it should be easier to award costs against the Law Society of Up- per Canada, in order to force the regulator to think harder about which cases it prosecutes. Readers were asked if they agree with this position. More than 79 per cent said yes, the bar should be lowered and the LSUC is overzealous in the cases it chooses to prosecute. Almost 21 per cent said no, the regulator is doing its job correctly and costs should only be awarded in extreme circum- stances. LT u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story Rustam "Rusty" Juma has been appointed to serve as a trustee of the South Asian Bar Association North American Foundation. "Oh no! The ultimate nightmare scenario! Driverless cars and lawless lawyers!" THERE'S AN IRONIC T-SHIRT IN THIS TALE A Kansas man robbed a bank last week in order to go to jail and avoid his wife, court documents showed. Lawrence John Ripple, 70, told his wife following a fight on Friday that "he'd rather be in jail than at home." After writing a note stating that he had a gun and wanted money, Ripple walked to a bank in Kansas City, Kansas, and handed it to the teller. The teller gave him cash. Instead of making a hasty getaway from the Brotherhood Bank and Trust branch, Ripple took a seat in the lobby and admitted to a security guard that he was the suspect. He was taken into custody. The money was returned to the bank. The cause of Ripple's fight with his wife was not de- tailed in the court documents and no lawyer was listed for him. Ripple was moved from the Wyandotte Coun- ty Detention Center in Kansas City to a federal fa- cility in Leavenworth, Kansas. Efforts to reach Ripple's wife were not imme- diately successful. POKÉMON GO DOES GOOD Some New Zealand fans of the smartphone game Pokémon Go caught more than they bar- gained for when they grabbed a thief who broke into a car and held him until police arrived. The young people were out hunting virtual cartoon characters in the North Island town of Napier when they heard a car alarm and saw a masked man run past, New Zealand police said. "They didn't use [Poké Balls] to catch him, they just held him till police arrived," police said in a statement, referring to an online tool used to capture the Pokémons that appear in places such as temples and landmarks where people gather. A 28-year-old man was arrested and will face theft charges, police said. Nintendo's Pokémon Go has become an un- expected smash hit, using augmented reality and Google mapping to make animated char- acters appear in the real world, overlaid on the nearby landscape viewed through players' mo- bile phone cameras. The game has also been blamed for injuries and robberies of distracted users in some coun- tries, prompting authorities to warn gamers to play responsibly. THAT'S NOT ORANGE JUICE! Coca-Cola workers found a huge stash of co- caine when they opened a delivery of fruit juice concentrate from Costa Rica at their factory in southern France. Local newspaper Var-Matin said the haul weighed 370 kilograms. "You can well imagine the surprise," said a spokesman for Coca-Cola, adding that the workers alerted police and were ruled out as po- tential suspects. The stash was hidden inside a container of juice that was opened on arrival at the factory in the town of Signes. INSERT JOKE ABOUT BRITISH COOKING HERE Three men have been charged with fraud for allegedly selling horsemeat as beef in Britain in 2012, prosecutors said. Eating horsemeat is culturally taboo in Brit- ain and, in 2013, the country's food industry was rocked by scandal when it emerged that horsemeat was being sold in some imported beef products. Investigations at the time found that com- panies including Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco and fast-food chain Burger King were selling beef products that contained horsemeat. The Crown Prosecution Service said Ulrik Nielsen, Alex Ostler-Beech and Andronicos Sideras are accused of conspiring together and with others to sell as beef a mixture of what was in fact horsemeat and beef. LT © 2015 Stewart. All rights reserved. We put legal professionals front and centre and we put our efforts into keeping real estate transactions where they belong – in your office. Learn more about our level of support, call (888) 667-5151 or visit Ally Untitled-4 1 2016-03-02 10:19 AM

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