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Why do regulators present awards?

Last week, in Nova Scotia, the medical regulator, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia, presented a whole series of ‘best doctor’ awards. It made me wonder why does a public interest regulator do this? Is it a relic from days when regulators, acting like professional associations, focused on promoting the profession? Is it seen as a means of earning ‘member respect’? Or is it simply an example of mission drift that results when someone has a good

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Law Society Strategic Priorities

How do law society strategic priorities align with the fact that in Canada practice is often national in scope, lawyers are mobile and practice in multiple jurisdictions, and the issues facing the regulators across the County are almost uniform? Though they share a broad obligation to regulate the legal profession in the public interest, a role confirmed clearly last week in the Supreme Court’s TWU decision, the ways they envision that to be done, besides ensuring effective day-to-day regulation varies considerably. Here are their current priorities as descried on their websites:
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Does Legal Regulation Have a Future?

Introduction When Isaac Pitblado practised law, legal regulation was much simpler. In 1890 Pitblado became a member the 13-year-old Law Society of Manitoba. Like all Canadian law societies it was an association of lawyers, whose primary purpose was to advance the best interests of the profession. To call it a regulator would not be an accurate description. Pitblado witnessed the adoption of first and very basic canons of ethics from the CBA in 1920, but by the time a formal

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