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
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_June_Pimms.jpgWell, as everyone knows, the big news in Vancouver this summer involves the exponential growth of retail medical marijuana “dispensaries.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpg“Saigon . . .  I’m still only in Saigon . . . Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgI’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).
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgLawyers 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.
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

The ‘Voldemort’ season

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgI am so glad it’s over. You know, that “season” I’m not supposed to mention by name, lest it offend someone. That most wonderful time of the year: the so-called “holiday season.” We might just as well call it the “Voldemort season” given that everyone seems to be afraid of the word Christmas.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

Prizes and booby prizes for 2014

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgThe prize for something said by a lawyer in Canada in 2014 is this gem of a comment made to over 450 lawyers and judges in Toronto in October by my new comedic heroine, criminal lawyer Marie Henein, who emceed the event. “As criminal lawyers we represent people who have committed heinous acts. Acts of violence. Acts of depravity. Acts of cruelty. Or as Jian Ghomeshi likes to call it, ‘foreplay,’” (Bada-Boom). She now represents Jian Ghomeshi.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Showing leadership on a divisive issue

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgThere’s a wonderful scene in the third season of Sherlock, where Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Sherlock Holmes, explains to Phillip Anderson, a Scotland Yard forensic expert, how the BBC’s favourite sleuth faked his own death.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Remembering The Guns of August

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgAnyone who hasn’t read Barbara Tuchman’s Pulitzer prize-winning book from 1962, The Guns of August should read it this summer, which is coincidentally the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:00

What have the Romans ever done for us?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgOne of my favorite scenes in Monty Python’s Life of Brian begins with the question posed by the leader of a group of militants intent on ending Roman rule in Judea (played by John Cleese): “What have the Romans ever done for us?” he yells.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgGrowing up in the ’60s and ’70s, I watched more far more news than sports and I can recall, in varying degrees, the Cuban missile crisis, the Kennedy assassination(s), the Mercury and Gemini space missions, the U.S. civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the moon landings, Watergate, and the Cold War; all through the lens of Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, Harry Reasoner, and others on U.S. networks. I can’t recall anything newsworthy in Canada until the flag debate of 1965, the election of Pierre Trudeau in 1968, and the FLQ crisis in 1970; all of it broadcast on CTV and CBC.
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