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September 25, 2017

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Page 16 September 25, 2017 • Law timeS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD FOR LAW SCHOOL Ryerson University is aiming to have a new law school up and running by September 2019 if it receives approval from the Fed- eration of Law Societies of Canada and the Ontario gov- ernment. In June, the Ryerson University senate unanimously approved the proposal for the law school, bringing Ryerson one step closer to being Canada's newest law school. In a report sent to the Ryer- son senate this summer, which outlines the philosophy and plan of the proposed law school, Ry- erson pitches a law school more oriented to "practice readiness and change management" than what it argues currently exists in the legal academy. "Ryerson acknowledges and respects the important work of the law schools that now educate law students," the report states. "How- ever, Ryerson proposes a different kind of law school that trains law- yers differently." While the law school proposal includes the standard courses re- quired by the Federation of Law Societies, it also includes courses and training in data management, emotional intelligence, entrepre- neurial spirit, financial literacy, network building, process improve- ment, strategic thinking and technological proficiency. Ryerson also stresses that the university's "innovative and entrepreneurial" envi- ronment, including the Legal Innovation Zone legal incubator and the Law Practice Program, will help foster a different kind of law school. ACCESSIBILITY SHOWCASE LAUNCHED Law students from the IP Os- goode Innovation Clinic, in collaboration with lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP's IP group, are offering pro bono one-to-one intellectual property advice at an Ask the Expert program. The program occurs Sept. 25 and 26 and is part of the Acces- sibility Innovation Showcase, an official event of the 2017 Invic- tus Games that are being held in Toronto this year. PAPER RECOMMENDS NEW APPROACH A new research paper on how to address defamation on the inter- net recommends looking at al- ternative routes to deal with the issue, such as an online tribunal where disputes can be resolved. The background paper is by University of Calgary Facul- ty of Law associate professor Emily Laidlaw, and it is sup- ported by the Law Commis- sion of Ontario. The paper notes that "tradi- tional remedies are not as effec- tive to address online defama- tion disputes." It can be accessed at YES, I AGREE 49 % 51 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE LAW TIMES POLL The Canadian Bar Asso- ciation's decision to protest the federal government's planned changes to private incorpora- tion tax rules has some law- yers revoking their member- ship. Readers were asked if they agreed with the CBA's position. Forty-nine per cent of re- spondents said yes, the changes will negatively impact the abili- ty of small businesses to finance growth, innovation and job creation. Fifty-one per cent said no, lawyers need to use their privileged position to speak out in favour of wealth redistribu- tion. LT u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story Ryerson University is another step closer to getting its own law school by September 2019 if it receives approval. TOILETS FLUSH WITH CASH GENEVA — Geneva prosecutors are investi- gating aer toilets in a bank and three restau- rants were blocked by about $100,000 in high- denomination euro banknotes, reports Reuters. "We are not so interested in the motive, but we want to be sure of the origin of the money," spokesman Vincent Derouand said Sept. 18, adding that neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet was a crime. e Tribune de Genève newspaper, which first reported the unusual deposit, said the first blockage occurred in the toilet serving the vault at UBS bank in Geneva's financial district, and three nearby bistros found their facilities bunged up with 500-euro notes a few days later. Derouand said two people had agreed to compensate the restaurants for the costs of the blockage, and the restaurants had withdrawn a complaint that they made when the incident happened in May. e cash was confiscated during the inves- tigation and it was unclear who would get it if it was found to be lawful. ere was no imme- diate reason to think it was dirty money, Der- ouand said. e European Central Bank said last year that it had decided to discontinue the 500-euro note because of concerns that it was being used too oen for illicit activities including money laundering. A UBS spokesman declined to comment. MAN CHASED BY COPS STOPS TO FILL OUT JOB APPLICATION WESTWOOD, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police said the man they arrested Sept. 19 was in a hurry to get away from them — but not such a hurry that he couldn't stop to check if a local business was hiring, according to CBS Boston. Police said they were involved in a car chase with Jose Jimenez, 26, and that the chase ended aer he ditched the car and ran inside Osprey Wireless in Westwood. An Osprey employee told WBZ-TV that Jimenez ran inside and asked to fill out a job application. "He was as cool as a cucumber," re- called Jeff Maron. Jimenez was wanted for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon aer state police said he fled a motor vehicle stop a week earlier, run- ning over a trooper's foot with his car in the process. Troopers spotted him Sept. 19 driving on Route 93 and chased him until he got off at the University Avenue exit. ey were told by a witness that he ran into Osprey Wireless.Osprey employees said Jimenez ran inside the store and asked if they had any positions available — then started fill- ing out an application. Police walked in and saw Jimenez filling out the application. He was taken into custody without further incident. Jimenez was charged with failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle aer revoca- tion, operating to endanger and speeding, in addition to assault with a vehicle from last week. TOPS OFF FOR COPS SHOT AT POT FARM YUBA COUNTY, Calif. — A Yuba County strip club offered the services of its employees for a topless carwash to raise money for two sher- iff 's deputies who were injured in a shootout at a Rastafarian pot farm last month, reports the Los Angeles Times. e shirtless carwash at City Limits Show- girls in Marysville on Sept. 16 raised US$2,560, the strip club wrote on Facebook. A long line of cars snaked outside the fundraiser, which was held in a tented parking lot. The charity event was held for Yuba County sheriff 's deputies Phillip Bronson and Andrew Everhart, who were shot multiple times on Aug. 1 at a Rastafarian church's marijuana farm in Oregon House, a small community northeast of Sacramento. 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