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 ‘At the end of the day, if the corridor simply won’t move, there’s a problem,’ says Merle Alexander, an aboriginal resource lawyer at Gowling WLG LLP.
‘At the end of the day, if the corridor simply won’t move, there’s a problem,’ says Merle Alexander, an aboriginal resource lawyer at Gowling WLG LLP.
On a dwindling list of LNG proposals in British Columbia, the FortisBC Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre LNG gas pipeline project is coming up against opposition from local First Nations.
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

The thin blue line: police accountability

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The thin blue line: police accountabilityOn July 24, the Ottawa police were called to a coffee shop to respond to a disturbance. There were reports that a man had attempted to grope a woman. By the time the police arrived at the coffee shop, the man had left. The police pursued. Minutes later, 37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi was dead.
Abdi was not carrying any weapons. Only the police were armed. 
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

The dangers of patio thinking

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The dangers of patio thinkingIs there anything better than being outside and enjoying these record hot temperatures?  Facing the prospect of cold, dark winters, most Canadians feel perfectly justified maximizing their patio time during our short summer months. However, the race to get deals done sometimes leads to some short-sighted decisions that have long-term consequences for clients. The following are mistakes I have recently observed in the rush to exit the office and enjoy a cold one.
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

Dog Day of August

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Dog Day of August“Can I put you on hold, Maître Rheault? The judge will be with you in a few minutes.”
Video: McLachlin calls for vacancies to be filledChief Justice Berverley McLachlin wants judicial vacancies filled as soon as possible. In remarks she gave to the Canadian Bar Association conference in Ottawa Thursday, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada called on the Department of Justice to fill 44 lingering judicial vacancies and a pending vacancy in the Supreme Court.
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:00

Taking a look at Key Performance Indicators

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Taking a look at Key Performance IndicatorsAre you as productive as you would like to be? For sole or small firm practitioners, stagnating productivity can creep up on you quickly. We are often too busy and focused on resolving our clients’ problems to dedicate proper time to improving the way we practise.      
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:00

Content marketing – writers’ block anyone?

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Content marketing – writers’ block anyone?Having trouble finding the time, topic and continual motivation to write — write — write? Me, too.

Monday, 01 August 2016 09:00

Video: The Top 25 Most Influential

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Video: The Top 25 Most InfluentialCanadian Lawyer proudly presents the 2016 Top 25 Most Influential figures in the Canadian justice system and legal profession. The list, now in its seventh year, honours select Canadians in one of five categories: Young Influencers, Changemakers, Government/Non-Profit, Criminal/Human Rights Law, or Corporate-Commercial.
Monday, 25 July 2016 10:46

The Bhasin effect on post-termination bonuses

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The Bhasin effect on post-termination bonusesIn the last year, three cases, two from Ontario and one from Alberta, have created confusion and inconsistency in the Canadian courts with respect to post-termination bonus payments.
Monday, 25 July 2016 09:56

Building a data-based immigration system

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Building a data-based immigration systemThe firm where I work recently hosted a roundtable with Minister of Citizenship, Refugees, and Immigration John McCallum along with several business leaders in Canada. As part of the minister’s on-going commitment to review the International Mobility Program and his ministry’s relationship to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, consultations are being held to discuss the nature of business in Canada.
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