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- The IT Girl
It sounds like a storyline out of a James Bond movie, or the latest Aaron Sorkin drama. But code name PRISM is the real-life alias of the United States National Security Agency’s massive data collection and surveillance computer program officially known as SIGAD US-984XN. It involves technology and media companies providing direct access to their customers’ information, including search histories, file transfers, e-mail content, and live chats, to the NSA, who reportedly studied only metadata of these communications for patterns, rather than the content.
- Definitely Mabey
- Trial by Fire
Recently, my colleague and fellow Canadian Lawyer columnist Margaret Waddell urged all lawyers to make pro bono representation a part of their practice. I couldn’t agree more with Marg’s plea, and have taken it to heart.
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Not necessarily trial but trial if necessary: York University v. Markicevic and why mediation mattersWritten by Mitchell Rose Posted Date: July 8th, 2013
- Financial Adviser
The Canadian Security Administrators recently released new amendments to National Instrument 31-303. NI 31-303 will now require registered investment firms to identify each potential and actual conflict of interest. In addition, it requires firms to provide prior written disclosure of a conflict of interest to a client, while dealing with such conflicts in a fair, equitable, and transparent manner. Specifically, the subsection addressing adviser conflicts (i.e. trailer fee commission payments) reads as follows:
- Trials & Tribulations
The pressing need for legislative reform of appeal routes in class action proceedings was highlighted in the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision Cavanaugh v. Grenville Christian College. In that case, the Court of Appeal heard and decided only one part of an appeal from a denial of certification, and refused to hear the balance of the appeal, which it sent sliding down the snake’s tail to the Divisional Court.
- The Future Files
Some Canadian law societies, including Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada, have guidelines relating to the use of technology in the practice of law. The LSUC has in place the “Technology Practice Management Guideline.” (Some sections of these guidelines were incorporated from a suggested set of 2001 guidelines, titled “Ethical Considerations and Technology” developed by the Law Society of Alberta and disseminated via the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.)
In this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman focuses on your internal leadership controls and how to better manage your actions and reactions. One key anchor of effectual leadership is to trust your gut. When you rely on your intuitive sense, you work off of a rock-solid foundation, which is built on years of developing and centering your internal compass.