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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgThere are so many interesting news stories that made the summer of 2015 memorable. But I’ll stick with the “Brown is the New Green” theme, because apart from, Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, and Pluto, water was the story of the summer in B.C.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Ron-Poulton.jpgIn two landmark rulings, the Federal Court of Canada has determined that aspects of government policy aimed at discouraging refugee claimants from choosing Canada as a safe haven, and accelerating their departure from Canada, violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgDo you thank clients for new business? Do you try to get a quick understanding of your clients’ new businesses “off the clock?” Do you thank people for referring business to you? Do you acknowledge key events in your client’s business and personal lives? Do you just pick up the phone, or send an e-mail to say, “How are you doing today?” Do you take the time to do the little things that make a long-lasting, relationship-bonding impact?
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgWearable devices. Smart cars with usage-based insurance systems that report back driving information so some drivers can obtain lower insurance premiums. Home alarm monitoring systems that send alerts to your phone. These are all examples of the “Internet of Things” involving devices or sensors that connect, communicate, or transmit information with or between each other through the Internet.
Monday, 10 August 2015 10:03

Call out the bullies

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_jessica-prince.jpgBad things, they say, happen in threes. Over one week, I received a patronizing e-mail from senior male counsel, critiquing the tone of my recent letter to him, without addressing its content. After giving some quick legal advice over the phone, a male client thanked me and called me “sweetheart.” I then got a voicemail from another senior male lawyer accusing me of unreasonable conduct and threatening that he would act accordingly.
Monday, 10 August 2015 09:55

First musings on Windows’ new Edge browser

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgOn July 29, Microsoft released Windows 10. It is available to download and install for free, for those with Windows 7 and 8 operating systems and higher (except for Windows 8.1 RT, like my first-generation Surface, which is not compatible with Windows 10).
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Pascale-Daigneault.jpgEmployee assessments are opportunities for a firm to re-energize and refocus its staff. Negativity, unproductiveness, and job dissatisfaction are magnified in small firms. These burdens spread more quickly compared with large firms, and there are fewer staff members to bear the total weight of them. Periodic employee assessments are a proactive way to address such issues.
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Video: The Top 25 Most Influential

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_August_CL_August_15-1.jpgCanadian Lawyer announces the 2015 Top 25 Most Influential figures in the Canadian justice system and legal profession. The list, now in its sixth year, honours select Canadians in one of five categories: Changemakers, Government/Non-Profit/Associations, Criminal Law/Human Rights, Corporate/Commercial, and The World Stage.  
Monday, 27 July 2015 08:00

Video: Making Rain: It's ok to be quiet

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_July_Making_Rain_65.jpgThis month, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you to balance your urge to always hear your voice and speak your mind with choosing and embracing the right moment to keep quiet.
Monday, 27 July 2015 08:00

Refocus your summer

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgIt is so peaceful here. Oops, sorry, my cellphone is ringing. Be right back.
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