Commercial courts have been established in various business centres around the world and are common in developed countries. Factors leading to their establishment in other jurisdictions are very much present in Canada, namely, a judiciary lacking expertise in commercial matters, overwhelmed dockets, and complex commercial disputes requiring expeditious resolution. The results are overwhelmingly positive. Canada would benefit from instituting commercial courts in all of its major commercial centres.


Monday, 01 March 2010 06:13

Legal athletic supporters

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As I write, Canada is in the grip of Olympic fever. Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold medal resulted in the roar of victory heard across the country; tremendous amounts of fist pumping; and spontaneous outbursts of O Canada on the streets. It was a beautiful thing. 


Monday, 01 March 2010 06:04

Free money means bad politics

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_March_back_page_mar2010.jpgWhatever you think of Michael Moore, the millionaire filmmaker who dresses like a blue-collar shlep, you can’t deny his popular success. He directed the most lucrative documentary of all time, Fahrenheit 9/11, and three other liberal polemics in the documentary top 10. 


Monday, 01 February 2010 06:09

The Alberta anomaly

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2009_October_bryan-haynes.jpgIt is a commonly held perception that Alberta is a business-friendly province. With little red tape, skinny regulations, modest taxes, a sizeable pool of entrepreneurs, a can-do attitude, near-absent unionization, political invariability, abundant resources, solid infrastructure, a reasonable cost of living, great skiing, private liquor stores, and a young, well-educated workforce, it is difficult to argue against this perception. 


Monday, 01 February 2010 06:01

The sport of the deal

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As I sit down to write, expectations are that British confectionary icon Cadbury PLC will be swallowed whole by Kraft Foods Inc. in an acquisition worth $19.3 billion despite Kraft’s top shareholder Warren Buffett calling the takeover a “bad deal.”



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.”

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