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Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

Look for mergers uptick in 2016

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Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Companies in Canada’s traditional resource sectors will likely be back in play this year as beaten-down firms sell or merge in order to survive, while a new government and rule changes for hostile takeovers will become must-watch factors in the already complex merger and acquisition business.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Behind the headlines

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Lori Douglas Canadian Lawyer January magazine cover
Canadian Lawyer January magazine cover
Lori Douglas is proud to point out her former offices as she passes by the courthouse in downtown Winnipeg, but she pauses when she notices something. “Oh, the light’s on,” she says, obviously saddened at the idea that someone else has moved in. Despite the lingering emotions over five years of proceedings at the Canadian Judicial Council, Douglas says she’s doing better than ever since her retirement from the bench in the spring. “I feel fine,” says Douglas, 59. “I haven’t been so well now for five years.”
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Hryniak two years on

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Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
Since she began practising with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary a decade ago, Kelly Osaka has been a front-line witness to the access-to-justice crunch in Canada’s courts. As Alberta’s population exploded, so, too, did the demands on court time and judicial resources. Litigation files, meanwhile, became bigger than ever, fuelled by electronic document discovery and other practices that built delays into the system. Osaka’s commercial clients, who could presumably afford the cost of a lengthy trial, began balking at the prospect and asking for alternatives.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:01

The bâtonnière who fell from grace

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The bâtonnière who fell from graceLu Chan Khuong is one tough cookie. Three days and 21 interviews after her resignation from the top job at the Quebec Bar, she breezed in for interview No. 22 over lunch on the terrace of an upscale Quebec City restaurant looking fit, poised, and radiant. The resignation was a surprise move that put an end to a summer-long public and legal drama that dominated news headlines and divided lawyers in la belle province like never before.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Testing the AFA waters

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Testing the AFA watersIf it seems like everywhere you go these days someone is talking about alternative fee arrangements, you’re not alone. It’s been a popular topic at legal conferences and workshops for a few years now, but have they really taken off? And what exactly is an AFA — do flat fees or discounts count?
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Not so fast with that rapid DNA

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Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Forensic DNA testing often conjures up an image of technicians armed with pipets, looking gravely into mysterious blue fluids, and big, intimidating machines. But what if a new technology did to those technicians what e-mail did to the mailman?
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Entity regulation - whaaaaat?

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Entity regulation - whaaaaat?Most lawyers have likely heard or read the phrase somewhere, and yet to many, “entity regulation” doesn’t really mean much. But as law societies across Canada consider what could be the biggest shift in the regulation of the legal profession in the last century, becoming familiar with entity regulation may no longer be an option.
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Boot camp is in session

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Boot camp is in sessionYou’ve been called to the bar. Congrats. Now you have a lot to learn. Turns out knowledge of the law is the minimum. Yes, you were on the dean’s list at law school. Did that help you understand how to actually practise law? And what have you done for the firm lately?
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Taxing changes

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Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Looming changes to the Income Tax Act introduce a “whole new world” to the future of estate planning in Canada, calling into question the value of the use of trusts as a tool to achieve tax savings on investments. There are also concerns that one of the changes is misdirected and could have unintended consequences.
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00

Eye-opening

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Photo: Carey Shaw
Photo: Carey Shaw
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its closing ceremony in Ottawa earlier this year with much attention and promise that Canada and its first peoples will finally be able to reconcile after years of damage caused by the Indian Residential School experience. For many, the TRC offered former students a chance to share their experiences in the church- and government-run institutions that stripped away their language, culture, and childhood. For others, it was a time to reflect on the last 20 years when the first residential school lawsuits started to make their way through Canada’s judicial system and leak into the media. At that time, the public knew very little about Indian residential schools, but was about to learn of the horrors that went on inside those mostly unknown-to-the-public institutions.
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