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The Mandela in all of us

  • Human Rights . . . Here & There
Written by Posted Date: January 27th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_john-packer.jpgJudging from the over 80 sitting and 30 former heads of state or government, a dozen princes and kings, some 30 sitting foreign or other ministers, and innumerable ambassadors and dignitaries who gathered in the intense rain of Johannesburg on Dec. 10 to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, the world has something to learn.

What not to do in the war on drugs

  • Law Library
Written by Posted Date: January 20th, 2014

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_Screen-shot-2014-01-16-at-6.jpgJust after midnight on Jan. 1, a former U.S. Marine named Sean Azzariti made history by becoming the first person in the world to legally buy marijuana for recreational use. Azzariti, who served in Iraq and claims the weed helps relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder, made his purchase just as a new law allowing its licensing and sale in Colorado came into force.

Let’s learn about legal process mapping

  • Definitely Mabey
Written by Posted Date: January 20th, 2014

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgAt the risk of getting stomped, bitten, or kicked, I think it is important to start 2014 off by putting the horse before the cart. I apologize upfront for bursting the bubble of all those souls who have spent the last couple years espousing that the greatest issue facing law firms is their structure.

Eat more veggies!

  • Trial by Fire
Written by Posted Date: January 20th, 2014

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgHappy New Year! Every January, millions resolve to make all kinds of lifestyle changes, like eating more vegetables, exercising more, eliminating vices, and re-connecting with family. I’m one of those people who enthusiastically embrace the annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions. I know, shocker.

CASL: clear as mud

  • The IT Girl
Written by Posted Date: January 20th, 2014

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn Dec. 4, 2013, the Government of Canada published the final regulations to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation along with the related Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement. After three years of waiting, most of CASL, including the sections dealing with commercial electronic messages, will finally come into force on July 14. Mercifully, those sections of the act relating to the installation of computer programs will only come into force on Jan. 15, 2015, and the coming into force of the new private right of action for non-compliance with CASL will only be implemented July 1, 2017.

Here’s to using decision trees in the new year

  • The Future Files
Written by Posted Date: January 13th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIf your New Year’s resolution is to work smarter, more efficiently, and achieve more, boy do I have an interesting concept to share with you. While I can’t help with the diet or workout resolutions you committed to while sipping sparkling wine right after the New Year’s Eve countdown, I may perhaps convince you to start thinking about using “decision trees” in your practice. It is an old idea, but, I suspect, a greatly underutilized one.

3 good habits & an approach

  • Make it Count
Written by Posted Date: January 13th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpg“3 Good Habits and an Approach” and you’re already a lawyer with better marketing, public relations, and business development skills — even better than a lot of career communicators!

Preferable procedure: A two-part analysis of A2J

  • Trials & Tribulations
Written by Posted Date: January 13th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgDetermining how to meet or defeat the test for “preferable procedure” on a certification motion has been an enigmatic problem. Until the Supreme Court of Canada last month clearly articulated that access to justice involves a two-part analysis in Fischer v. AIC Ltd., there was no consistent measure by which this part of the preferability test would be analyzed.

The Seven Wonders

Written by Posted Date: January 13th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_B.Hendrickson.jpgIn 2004, the Canadian Bar Association Futures Committee posted an article on its web site entitled “Seven Wonders of the World . . . The Future for Lawyers.” The Futures Committee was formed in 2003 to examine the challenges facing lawyers and the legal profession and to make recommendations about what the CBA would have to offer to the legal community in 2015 to remain “relevant” and “vibrant.”

Bill 146 may be much ado about nothing

Written by Posted Date: January 6th, 2014

Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with Ontario’s new workplace legislation. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with Ontario’s new workplace legislation. Photo: Shutterstock
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with bill 146’s proposed changes to employment legislation in Ontario as the political climate in the province means it may not get passed before voters potentially go to the polls this spring.

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