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Procurement blues: well-run process did not avoid fraudSometimes even when you do things right, things can go horribly wrong.
The haunting insult of being a ‘taxpayer cost’When Angela Chesters learned she could not reunite with her husband in Canada as a landed immigrant because she was likely to create an excessive demand on our health and social services, she felt insulted. Chesters was, and is, an independent woman who obtained a Masters degree in Science and Information Technology and who had engaged in full-time work averaging some 70 hours per week. She is bright, hardworking and had much to offer Canada in 1994.
The Ghomeshi rules: Bill C-51 creates unprecedented case of reverse disclosureEarlier this month, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced legislation to modernize the Criminal Code. The new legislation, Bill C-51, would repeal sections of the Criminal Code that have been found unconstitutional, remove outdated offences and bring written sexual assault law up to speed with court decisions.
Monday, 12 June 2017 09:00

CASL: Small firms should care, too

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CASL: Small firms should care, tooCanada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, which came into force in 2014, has been a significant topic of discussion over the past few years. The upcoming end of the three-year transition period and the recently delayed private right of action that was to commence on July 1 has renewed the conversation. For a variety of reasons, many small businesses, including sole and small law firms, have ignored CASL. Given the stiff penalties and the imminent end of the transition period, however, now is the time for you and your clients to review policy and procedures to ensure compliance.
It’s settled: Medical evidence is not required for moral damages suffered by employeesIn employment law, moral damages are awarded to compensate an employee for the employer’s bad-faith manner of dismissal where it was reasonably foreseeable that such conduct would lead to the plaintiff’s mental distress. The question of whether a plaintiff is required to adduce medical evidence in order to obtain moral damages has plagued litigators in this area.
Canadian courts have rendered contradictory decisions, and counsel on both sides have been able to point to appellate authority that supports their clients’ position.
Three essential steps for greater gender equity on your boardPicture it: The board is onboard.
Monday, 12 June 2017 09:00

Top 10 habits of a leading litigator

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Top 10 habits of a leading litigatorThere is a small group of litigators at the forefront of the most exciting and challenging cases. If you want to litigate high-profile or high-stakes cases, you need the skills and the profile to match.
Demographics are forcing law firms to be more flexibleManaging generational shift in the workplace is always a challenge, regardless of the industry. This is all the more true in the legal profession where a certain amount of conformity is expected and tradition reigns. With a diverse generation — millennials — now representing the largest age group in the Canadian workforce and challenging those traditions, the legal industry is faced with having to quickly figure out how to build its future around its best and brightest young talent.
Influence: What it is, why you want it and how to get it!The ability to exercise influence is one of the most impactful tools in a lawyer’s toolkit, but how to get it and use it is not well understood.
Legal coaching: A win-win for clients and the barIn January, I began researching and exploring the concept of legal coaching in family law. If you haven’t heard of legal coaching, you’re not alone. Few lawyers — and even fewer members of the public — are familiar with this practice model.
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