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
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.
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

The ‘Voldemort’ season

The ‘Voldemort’ seasonI 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

Prizes and booby prizes for 2014The 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

Showing leadership on a divisive issueThere’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.
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