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Page 16 June 5, 2017 • Law Times LSUC AWARDS PRESENTED Ontario legal professionals were recently recognized for their ex- ceptional achievements by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The 2017 Law Society Awards were presented May 24 during a ceremony at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. Among the winners, Breese Davies, of Toronto, received the Laura Legge Award. "I am so delighted to have been selected the recipient of the 2017 Laura Legge Award. It is a real honour to be recognized by my colleagues for my small contribu- tion to promoting and protecting the place of women in our profession and in the criminal defence bar," Davies told Law Times in an email. "Although significant progress has been made over the last 20 years, there is still lots of work to be done to ensure true equity in the profes- sion and to address the unique challenges faced by women lawyers." Award winners also included: Thora H. Espinet, of Toronto, who received the Lincoln Alexander Award; Dena D. Castro, of Hamilton, who picked up the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award; and Grace Alcaide Janicas, of Sault Ste. Marie, who received the J. Shirley Denison Award. Law Society Medal recipients were: Patrick Case, of Guelph; Larry Chartrand, of Ottawa; Sarah E. Colquhoun, of Thunder Bay; Michael Eizenga, of Toronto; Marie Henein, of Toronto; Joanna Radbord, of Toronto; and Gary Yee, of Toronto. RONDINELLI WINS OBA CRIMINAL JUSTICE AWARD Enzo Rondinelli, a lawyer with Lafontaine & Associates in Toronto, has been named the winner of the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excel- lence in Criminal Justice. He will be honoured June 7 at a reception in Toronto. "Receiving this award from such a distinguished organiza- tion is a truly humbling experi- ence," Rondinelli told Law Times in an email. "The OBA has been a big part of my professional ca- reer since day one, so this award is particularly special to me." GOLDBLATT ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES Goldblatt Partners LLP wel- comes three leading pension lawyers to the firm. Susan Philpott, Simon Ar- cher and Clio Godkewitsch will join Doug Lefaive in the Toronto office and, together with Fiona Campbell in Otta- wa, will significantly expand the pension practice, said the firm in a press release. Darrell Brown will round out the team as tax and corpo- rate law counsel. "This is an outstanding op- portunity to contribute to the growth of a vibrant, trade union-focused pension and ben- efits practice," Philpott told Law Times in an email. YES, I AGREE 50 % 50 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE LAW TIMES POLL A recent Law Times column ex- amined whether the Law Society of Upper Canada should change its name to the Law Society of Ontario, in light of different so- cial changes, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commis- sion's Calls to Action. We asked readers if the LSUC should change its name. Fifty per cent said yes, it's time for the LSUC to catch up with the times and update its name, while 50 per cent said no, the name of the LSUC is appro- priate and changing it would not accomplish much. LT u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story Breese Davies has won the 2017 Laura Legge Award. "To the best of your knowledge, speaking in your capacity as an Internet-connected fridge, what flavour of potato chips did the accused snack on between 2:04 and 2:16 a.m. on June 1, 2017?" HACKERS PUBLISH PLASTIC SURGERY PHOTOS KAUNAS, Lithuania — Hackers have pub- lished more than 25,000 private photos, includ- ing nude pictures and other personal data from patients of a Lithuanian cosmetic surgery clinic, police say, according to The Guardian. The images were made public on May 30 by a hacking group calling itself Tsar Team, which broke into the servers of the Grozio Chirurgija clinic earlier this year and demanded ransoms from the clinic's clients in more than 60 coun- tries around the world. Police say that following the ransom de- mand, a portion of the database was released in March, with the rest following on May 30. It's unclear how many patients have been affected, but police say dozens have come forward to re- port being blackmailed, says The Guardian. Hackers demanded ransom payments of be- tween $50 and $3,500, paid in bitcoin, depend- ing on the sensitivity of the data stolen — with nude photos, passport scans and national insur- ance numbers all serving to bump up the ran- som requested, reports the newspaper. Prior to parcelling out the ransoms patient by patient, the hackers attempted to offer the entire database up for sale for 300 bitcoin — currently worth more than $940,000 — but the clinic refused to pay. The full database has since been reduced to 50 bitcoin, or about $160,000. Lithuanian police say they are working with security services in other European countries, and they have warned that people who down- load and store the stolen data could also be prosecuted, according to The Guardian. Lithuanian business website 15min reported that the hack turned attention to the nation's cybersecurity issues more generally: More than half the country's sites can be easily attacked, according to a national status report, with "clin- ics, travel agencies and private doctors' offices" all highlighted as vulnerable. The Grozio Chirurgija clinic has warned patients on its website not to engage with the blackmailers or download anything sent to them for fear of further attacks. Any patient who is contacted by the hackers should inform the police immediately, the clinic said. PISTOL-PACKING PRINCESS GIVES BELGIAN PM EARFUL BRUSSELS — A Belgian princess fired a start- ing pistol so close to the prime minister's ear that he had to undergo medical treatment and cancel a speech in parliament on May 30, re- ports Reuters. Charles Michel was standing on a podium next to Princess Astrid, younger sister of King Philippe, when she signalled the start of Brussels' annual 20-kilometre road race. The prime minister's spokesman said he later real- ized the loud report had damaged his hearing. Michel can be seen f linching markedly in photographs taken as the princess pulled the trigger. The princess went on to join 40,000 oth- ers and run the race herself, says Reuters. INTERNET SALE OF BEAR CUB FOILED TIRANA, Albania — Albanian environment officials say they have stopped the sale of a three-month-old bear cub on the Internet, ac- cording to The Associated Press. Environment Ministry spokeswoman Ana Kekezi said on May 30 that a shepherd found the bear stuck in rocks at Shen Meri village, 35 kilometres east of the capital. She said the shepherd, who put the animal up for sale, was detained, fined and released. The bear, which has been named Rei, was taken to a zoo park where experts would assess whether it was safe to return it to the wild or take it to a sanctuary. Albanian authorities say they are working to prepare legislation to make it a crime to take a bear from the wild, according to AP. LT YOUR INSTANT CONNECTION TO CANADA'S LEGAL NETWORK • an up-to-date alphabetical listing • contact information • legal and government contact information ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! 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