Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is a franchise, licensing, and intellectual property lawyer at Boughton in Vancouver and an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University. He is a regular business law columnist with The Globe and Mail and other publications. He is also the author of Manage Your Online Reputation, a book written to guide individuals and businesses on how to monitor and protect their personal and corporate reputations on social media. The views expressed are strictly those of Tony Wilson and do not reflect the opinions of the Law Society of British Columbia, CBABC, or their respective members.

Column: Letter from Law Law Land
The rule of law is even more important this yearYou might remember Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was president and controlling shareholder of oil company Yukos and the wealthiest man in Russia until his arrest in 2003 and subsequent conviction and imprisonment for fraud and tax evasion. It all happened around the same time he sought to create (and fund) a new political party to challenge the rule of Vladimir Putin.
Timing is everything in the marijuana decriminalization businessIt’s an odd coincidence that I’m writing this article around 4:20 p.m. on 4/20 from Vancouver — 4/20 being common urban slang for marijuana consumption that has now morphed into a cultural trademark for those who wish to decriminalize it and draw political attention on April 20 each year.
Monday, 22 February 2016 10:03

President Trump as torturer-in-chief

President Trump as torturer-in-chiefI’m in cool but sunny New York as I write this, escaping the pounding rain that has engulfed Vancouver over the past few weeks. One word has jumped out at me during my stay in NYC. The word is on more buildings here than I cared to imagine. That word is “Trump.”
Monday, 21 December 2015 09:00

Annus horribilis

Annus horribilisIf you read the news (as I regularly do), there’s a part of me that would say 2015 was an annus horribilis.
Monday, 26 October 2015 09:00

The barbaric cultural practices tip line

The barbaric cultural practices tip lineThe following is a telephone conversation that might have happened but didn’t.

1-800-Turn-them-in: Hello, you've reached the Barbaric Cultural Practices Tip Line.

Caller: Is this where I can make a report under the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act?
50 Shades of brown: Global warming hits VancouverThere are so many interesting news stories that made the summer of 2015 memorable. But I’ll stick with the “Brown is the New Green” theme, because apart from, Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, and Pluto, water was the story of the summer in B.C.
Would you like marijuana or a Pimm’s No. 1 Cup?Well, as everyone knows, the big news in Vancouver this summer involves the exponential growth of retail medical marijuana “dispensaries.”
Victims of ideology: All the ‘isms’ are now ‘wasms’“Saigon . . .  I’m still only in Saigon . . . Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle.”
Conrad Black and that meddlesome Supreme CourtI’ve always found Conrad Black to be an intellectual force to be reckoned with since I read his book on Maurice Duplessis for a Canadian history class I took in the ’70s at the University of Western Ontario (as it was then called). His command of English compels his readers to either step up to their “A” game (with their dictionaries firmly in hand), or give up. He may still be Lord of Crossharbour, but he’s also the “Lord of Large Words” (where smaller ones will do). He’s smug and pompous but always entertaining and insightful (even when he’s smug and pompous).
In a free society there is no right not to be offendedLawyers of a certain age will remember a case of the British Columbia Court of Appeal called Vander Zalm v. Times Publishers, where then-Minister of Human Resources for B.C., Bill Vander Zalm, was the subject of a scathing political cartoon drawn by Robert Bierman, depicting Vander Zalm happily pulling the wings off flies.
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