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January 27, 2021 | By Julius Melnitzer

ONTARIO CIVIL JURY TRIALS ENDANGERED DURING COVID? Court of Appeal reverses Divisional Court’s “wait-and-see” approach, restores trial judge’s decision to strike jury notice: Louis v. Poitras; Divisional Court: “wait-and-see” before striking jury notice during COVID; COVID-19 puts courts, integrity of Ontario’s civil jury system on trial.

KOSHER, HALAL MEAT ENDANGERED IN EUROPEAN UNION? European Jews have condemned a European Court of Justice ruling that could see laws against Jewish and Halal ritual slaughter upheld throughout the EU.

BACAL REMAINS PROLIFIC: The former head of Heenan Blaikie, Norman Bacal, continues to turn out interesting and varied books. Take Charge, meant for law students and developing lawyers, focuses on the soft skills needed for professional success, and is available here at no cost. His previous efforts include Odell’s Fall, a thriller; and Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie, a Globe and Mail bestseller. His next novel, Ophelia, will be out in the spring. It eerily shadows the murder of Barry Sherman, owner of generic pharmaceutical maker Apotex, and his wife Honey

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or

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