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Monday, 26 October 2009 05:19

It’s monsoon season. Again.

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It’s monsoon season. Again.Ahh, autumn. In Vancouver, it’s the time of year when we clean out the gutters, check the sump pumps and the drain tile, invest in a new raincoat and umbrella, and try to figure out how to escape the monsoons that will keep hitting the west coast until oh . . . January.


George Orwell might have been on to something in his 1949 classic 1984.


Monday, 12 October 2009 21:00

Saving taxes through income splitting

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Each year, the Federal Government of Canada collects close to $100 billion from individual tax payers; this is the government’s single biggest source of revenue.


Video: In the October 2010 edition of Canadian LawyerIn her monthly video editorial, editor Gail Cohen shares what she discovered during her research for the cover story on diversity in the legal profession. click here to view video
Sunday, 27 September 2009 21:00

B.C. should view polygamy law as constitutional

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Deep inside the British Columbia Supreme Court decision to toss out charges against religious leaders in Bountiful, B.C., lays a potential sea change in how the province views the constitutionality of Canada’s anti-polygamy laws.


Monday, 21 September 2009 07:55

Citizens deserve more respect

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Citizens deserve more respectBeing an immigration lawyer, I often work with immigration and customs officers around the world, as well as airport personnel and general frontline folk. Practising both U.S. and Canadian immigration law means I spend a lot of time dealing with clients who find themselves stuck at a border, who have no chance of crossing the border, or who colossally screwed up their most recent attempt at a border crossing.

Monday, 14 September 2009 08:15

i4i 1 - Microsoft 1

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You certainly don’t hear many stories about Microsoft having the proverbial stuffing kicked out of it, but in this case, little-known (until now) Toronto-based i4i Inc. went the distance and sued Microsoft Corp. in Texas for infringing its 5,787,449 patent (the ’449 patent).

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 05:37

Life in the balance

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On June 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld Manitoba legislation under which a child of almost 15 years old was given a court-ordered blood transfusion contrary to her religious beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.


Friday, 21 August 2009 09:59

Lessons for patent applicants and patent agents

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While the Aug. 12 decision of the Federal Court of Canada in Ratiopharm Inc. v. Pfizer Ltd. will almost inevitably be appealed, it provides an unusual insight into the nuts and bolts of the process of developing an invention and drafting a patent application.


Have you seen the video that was presented to Sony BMG Music Entertainment executives on May 4, 2008 in Rome entitled, “Did You Know?” If you haven’t, not surprisingly, you can find it on YouTube.


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