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FEATURE: Could a “secret” online forum serve lawyers better than social media? – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

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Lawyers left the blogs and turned to Twitter and Facebook, where some thrived, Lee says. The performative nature of social media and the exposure to anonymous commentary, though, did away with the more honest, advice-seeking conversations that Lee saw at Associate’s Mind. Instead it was all rhetorical slams and ‘hot takes.’

“I started to think that maybe there is maybe there’s a middle space,” Lee says. “Somewhere that provides what bar associations are lacking for people my age.”

Lee created LawyerSmack, a private forum for lawyers. Every member had to be verified as both a real person, and a real lawyer. They also had to pay a nominal membership fee, that Lee says makes sure his members all have “skin in the game.”

He thinks that people will share more thoughtfully, conversationally, and substantively when their names and faces are attached to a profile. He’s seen the forum grow, spawning several subject threads, including a little Canadian discussion zone, with about fifteen Canadian lawyers talking.

Omar Ha-Redeye, Executive Director of the Durham Community Legal Clinic, thinks a site like LawyerSmack could be especially useful for lawyers looking for practice management advice from their colleagues. He noted, though, that closed forums have risks of their own.

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Japan unsuccessful in lifting auto tariffs early in UK trade deal: media – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Britain agreed to lift auto tariffs for a post-Brexit trade agreement in 2026 despite Japan’s push to lift the tariffs earlier, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Sunday.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is currently in negotiations with British Trade Minister Liz Truss in London.

British Trade Minister Lizz Truss said in a statement that they “have reached consensus on the major elements of a deal,” and both have announced that they will agree on the principles of a trade deal by the end of August.

However, despite reassurances that the two countries had by and large reached an agreement, auto tariffs and agricultural products have proven to be a sticking point in the negotiations.

Japan had hoped to lift tariffs on auto and auto parts earlier than in the current trade deal between the EU and Japan, which will phase out import tariffs on Japanese vehicles by 2026.

“Japan agreed to phasing auto tariffs on Japanese vehicles out in 2026 in line with the EU trade deal, despite asking to hasten the timing,” Nikkei reported on Sunday.

Britain, on the other hand, is hoping to secure better terms on agriculture, Financial Times reporter George Parker tweeted on Friday.

“UK-Japan trade talks close to agreement but @trussliz said by Brits to be holding out on agricultural access,” he said, referring to Truss’s Twitter handle.

Britain, which left the European Union in January, is seeking to clinch a trade agreement with Japan based on the 2019 EU-Japan agreement by the end of the year, when Britain’s no-change transition arrangement with the EU will expire.

The Japanese Trade Ministry and Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Letter: News media, stop lumping anti-abortion issues with LGBTQ rights – The Tri-City News

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The Editor,

Re. “Tri-Cities Pride rebuffs MLA over ‘continued silence’” (Tri-City News, July 29)

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I’m tired of the media throwing anti-abortion issues in with LGBTQ rights. 

While it’s understood that over 50% of Canadians support abortion rights there is also about 25% of Canadians who are pro-life and support some kind of protection for the unborn. This is a significant minority, more support than there is for many other minority issues in Canada today. 

Anti-abortion is also not just a religious issue as we know from a scientific viewpoint that we are dealing with a human life. 

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Let’s keep these issues separate and rationally discuss them on their own merits just like the issue of capital punishment or any other ethical issue in society instead of making it a partisan polarization.

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Vijayan bursts out at media for the second day running – CanIndia News

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (IANS) For the second day in succession, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday lashed out at the media after facing a spate of questions on the role played by gold smuggling case prime accused Swapna Suresh in a key project of his government.

The latest revelation to come out from the Customs’ questioning of Suresh is that she had received a sum of Rs 1 crore, as commission from an agency, in Vijayan’s signature “Life Mission” project. This venture aims to provide the homeless their own dwelling, either directly through the government or through sponsors.

In response, Vijayan said that he will find out about this but added that this was a project funded by a UAE-based charity organisation.

However as questions on this point increased, Vijayan again lost his cool and said it was “unfortunate some media is taking up this for some others” who are out to wreck his government.

As a media person asked why he enjoys when he is praised by the media, but cannot accept probing questions, the Chief Minister responded: “Yes, this is because that is politics and this is part of a political conspiracy into which a section of the media also is a part.

“Do you want me to tell how the previous Chief Minister (Oommen Chandy) went about doing things. Do you want me to tell the dirty things that happened in that office. A section of the media wants to portray my government in such a manner.”

“This is also a way of using professionalism by the media… this is the wrong way…”

With this, Vijayan abruptly ended the press conference and left, saying that the time is up.

On Friday also, he lost his cool on questions about the gold smuggling case, accusing a section of the media to have an agenda of “removing him”.

–IANS

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