Sunday, 03 January 2010 20:00

SLAPPs on the wrist

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_2010_January_slapps.jpg So far, only Quebec has introduced legislation to stop lawsuits from big companies that appear to pick on the little guys opposing their plans. Goliath didn’t have the option of suing David for malicious use of a slingshot, but today’s corporate giants can and sometimes do use the law as a blunt instrument to intimidate weaker foes.


Monday, 23 November 2009 04:10

Snip, snip — technology takes its cut

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_2009_NovDec_snip-snip-tech.jpgFive years ago, the legal department at Lufthansa German Airlines started using Legalbill, a software-based audit and compliance service. Legalbill helps companies monitor — and control — legal spending.

Tuesday, 01 September 2009 21:00

Paying it forward

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Not every lawyer can say he has crawled through the belly of an Israeli army tank scrubbing out bilge. “Every 600 hours, they take the engine out for reconditioning,” says Morris Soronow, a B.C. lawyer and litigator. “What is left is a lot of grease, oil, and sand and if this is not cleaned out, when the refurbished engine goes back in, it will gum it up.”

Monday, 31 August 2009 21:00

Keeping an eye on the oilpatch

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Western Canada’s oilpatch has been of increasing interest to Asian firms seeking to expand their global energy acquisitions. While the purchases by Asian firms have so far involved relatively small-scale operations, it’s expected there will be more as the cost to invest decreases in comparison to the frenzied boom period that was drawing investors three years ago.

Sunday, 02 August 2009 21:00

Corralling alternative justice

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Newly appointed Alberta Provincial Court Judge Eugene Creighton has rodeo coursing through his veins. A member of the Blood Tribe and Kainai First Nation, Creighton no longer calf ropes, however, he does compete in team roping. But today it is a justice system of fines and incarceration he hopes to corral, in favour of one seeking alternative measures to improve the chances of success for aboriginals.

Sunday, 02 August 2009 21:00

Shedding the locum stigma

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When exhausted small-firm lawyers, pregnant professionals, and overworked departments in cash-strapped firms are looking for a hero, calling on a legal locum can be the answer to their prayers.


Sunday, 02 August 2009 21:00

The missing link

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There’s something missing in the courtroom battles over parental alienation syndrome, says lawyer Jeffrey Wilson: the kids.

Monday, 27 July 2009 08:53

A tighter, less welcoming Canada

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The immigration bar is up in arms over Minister of Citizenship Immigration, and MultiCulturalism’s Jason Kenney’s recent announcement that foreign nationals from the Czech Republic and Mexico will now require visas to enter Canada.

Lawyers are frequently invited to join the boards of non-profit organizations in their communities. This can be an excellent opportunity but it is important to have a solid understanding of exactly what is involved in accepting a board position.


A new initiative of the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch is to bring about awareness of the many opportunities that exist for lawyers in small communities. 
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