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Sunday, 03 January 2010 20:00

Where to draw the line

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Providing legal opinions is an everyday occurrence, but what part should ethics play in the form and function of such opinions?b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_2010_January_draw-the-line.jpg

 

Sunday, 03 January 2010 20:00

The annus horribilis is behind us

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The weather outside may be frightful but everyone’s outlook seems to be a lot more delightful than it was at this time last year.  Heading into the first quarter of 2010 there appears to be a lot less malaise, trepidation, worry, anxiety, fretting — you get the picture — than there was 12 months ago. At that time, not only were we hearing from law firms about their concerns over the economy, we also felt the tightening of belts as an organization that services the legal community.

 

Monday, 23 November 2009 04:45

Chrétien on a fine line

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_2009_NovDec_back-page.jpgCanada’s trade with China has never been bigger, and it’s never grown faster. According to the latest statistics, we now exchange $53 billion in goods and services with them each year, making China our second-largest trading partner after the United States.

Monday, 23 November 2009 04:03

A bit of the same old story

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In this issue, we present our annual Canadian Lawyer corporate counsel survey. The results generally mirror other polls of in-house counsel that have been done by various organizations in North America and abroad.
Sunday, 04 October 2009 21:00

Who’s protecting your privacy rights?

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Recently, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart found Facebook violated federal privacy law and had failed to implement corrective measures with respect to four major privacy gaps. Curiously absent from the decision and media coverage was any mention of enforcement action resulting from such findings. Instead, the media reported the privacy commissioner and Facebook were “at odds” but (thank goodness) were “pledging co-operation” and “continuing dialogue.”

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:00

Be brave, show your numbers

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After working on last year’s special report on women in law, I was looking for a similar issue to focus on for 2009 and decided to examine diversity in the legal profession.

 

Monday, 31 August 2009 21:00

Something for everyone

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Be it the tiger, the dragon, or even the camel, the nations of Asia are a hot market for Canadian legal business. Throughout this issue of Canadian Lawyer, we  look at the opportunities presented by the nations of Asia. The Earth’s largest continent boasts such a variety of markets, economies, and, quite simply, people, that in this globalized economy it can’t be ignored.

 

Monday, 31 August 2009 21:00

A supreme misstep

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The Supreme Court recently put a foot badly wrong. With one clumsy step, it raised doubts about its commitment to transparency and openness. To boot, it puzzled and annoyed — in some cases, even offended — many of the most knowledgeable and friendly observers of the court and its workings.

Tuesday, 04 August 2009 05:31

Disbar those bad apples

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In this issue, both Legal Ethics columnist Philip Slayton and incoming Canadian Bar Association president Kevin Carroll touch on the explosive issue of police and prosecutors doing background checks on potential jurors. At least two mistrials in Ontario were declared once the irregular, perhaps even illegal, practice came to light.

Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:08

The system has been compromised

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It turns out Ontario police have been conducting background checks on prospective jurors. Don’t confuse this with traditional jury vetting, when both prosecution and defence publicly question, and perhaps challenge, prospective jurors in open court.

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