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Monday, 30 January 2017 09:00

Pulp friction

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Pulp frictionOne, two, three, four, five and six diagonal strides; one, two, three and four double poles. Now don’t forget to breathe. Thanks to my trusty, freshly waxed wooden Rossignols, my ascent of Mount Royal is proceeding apace.
Now is the time to improve the Canada-U.S. trade relationshipU.S. President Donald Trump’s first official attempts to “Make America Great Again” immediately impacted the Canada-U.S. business community. In his first week in office, the president issued a dizzying number of orders and memoranda to immediately launch his transformative agenda.
A lesson for Trump: Draco Dormiens Nunquam TitillandusThis is the motto of Hogwarts, the school from Harry Potter. Translated from Latin, it means “never tickle a sleeping dragon.”
Age-old realities: a woman’s place in Toronto’s Bay StreetOne day some months ago, while interviewing for articling positions in the heart of Toronto’s Bay Street, I overheard a remark that, in a single instant, helped me understand the social barriers women still potentially face — particularly, and possibly even more so, on Bay Street. After meeting with a female candidate, I overheard chuckles and laughs from her male interviewee, who so casually remarked, “That girl needs to wear some makeup. She’ll never be a respected lawyer if she looks like that.”
'Common employer’ versus the ‘corporate veil’: when competing doctrines collideWith Canada in a technical recession and our economic future even more blurred with the election of Donald Trump, Canadians are facing uncertainty, to put it mildly, when it comes to job security. Some of us watched with entertainment and others with horror as the details of Trump’s six corporate bankruptcies emerged during his election campaign. While Trump’s companies — mostly gaming and casino enterprises — have failed in a highly publicized manner, personally, Trump has, by most standards, escaped rather unscathed.
A meadow of hope as we say goodbye to Barack ObamaJoni Mitchell’s line from Big Yellow Taxi “That you don't know what you've got/’Till it's gone” has been used quite often in the last weeks as President Barack Obama leaves the White House and an enigma moves in. I am actually grateful that this column was due on the eve of the inauguration as I am sure it would be an interesting event to write about. However, I would have missed the opportunity to reflect on what indeed we have lost with this transition.
The time has come to reward Competition Act whistleblowersWith the federal government’s new budget anticipated soon, infrastructure spending is once again on the minds of many Canadians. In the government’s last budget, it pledged to spend $120 billion over 10 years. Government spending means more procurement, which in turn can mean more bid rigging or other competition law issues among suppliers.
Star Trek fan-fiction copyright suit tests ‘fair use’ defenceNot all space battles these days are being fought on the big screens.
Fighting corruption: SCC case on protecting third-party informants will helpRecent case law and commentary suggest that the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in World Bank Group v. Wallace has provided Canadian courts with the necessary framework to better protect third-party informants, paving the way for Canadian law enforcement to engage more aggressively in the fight against global corruption.
Monday, 16 January 2017 09:00

Why plea bargains can be a deal with the devil

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Why plea bargains can be a deal with the devilThe plea bargain is a deal with the devil — at least according to many members of the public. The public may be right, but the real question is: Just who is the devil in the plea bargain equation?
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