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Monday, 27 February 2017 09:01

The era of no excuses

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The era of no excusesJust two days after Christmas this past December, an American company called E-Sports Entertainment Association went through most of the stages that are now common episodes following a cybersecurity attack — with one notable exception.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:01

Balancing act

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Balancing actRegulatory matters loom large for most in-house departments these days, but for the insurance and financial services sector in Quebec a general strike by government lawyers in that province has delayed some much-anticipated revised legislation.
Unlawful act manslaughterIn a decision issued in October 2016 (Fournier c. R), the Superior Court of Québec established that, in certain circumstances, an accusation of manslaughter by means of an unlawful act under s. 222(5)a) of the Criminal Code can be based on a breach of provincial health and safety legislation.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:01

Build an IP case to protect your database

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Build an IP case to protect your databaseOur predecessors have always been collectors. Hunter-gatherers survived in harsh climates by collecting stone axes, arrowheads, animal furs and the like. Today, as lawyers, many of us channel these basic instincts into feverish collection of electronic data — overflowing email in-boxes, Word documents, expert reports and sundry PDF forms with too-small print. 
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

Buyer beware

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Buyer bewareThose seeking to acquire the intellectual property rights of a bankrupt company are often faced with a unique set of legal challenges, as exemplified by Thomson Reuters’ recent acquisition of certain intellectual property rights owned by Federated Press.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

Passing the fintech test

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Passing the fintech testEvery lawyer must manage client expectations, but nowhere more than in the fast-moving world of financial technology. One company, a fintech business, met with Kashif Zaman with a list of things it wanted to accomplish.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

Transforming Canada’s largest in-house team

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Transforming Canada’s largest in-house teamManagers of in-house legal teams often have a tough time making changes — introducing new processes, new technologies, encouraging employees to think differently. It’s even harder for managers of large departments. Updating attitudes and ways of working can seem impossible. That’s why William Pentney may have one of the most difficult jobs in the sector. He’s the federal government’s deputy minister of Justice and the deputy attorney general of Canada. His mission: Change how employees work throughout the Justice Department, a federal agency employing some 5,000 people, including about 2,500 lawyers.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

In defence of the regulatory process

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In defence of the regulatory processIn February 2015, Bell Media wrote to the CRTC requesting private meetings with some or all of the commissioners to discuss their decision to eliminate simultaneous substitution on Super Bowl commercials.
Women on boards and the ‘comply or explain’ ruleIn today’s modern business world, the topic of women’s representation on boards of directors and in senior management within reporting issuers is certainly newsworthy. In the fall of 2016, shortly after the Canadian Securities Administrators published the results of their analysis as to the implementation of requirements for disclosure by non-venture issuers, (Notice 58-308), Bill C-25 was filed. Bill C-25 amends the Canada Business Corporations Act by requiring distributing corporations to disclose information pertaining to diversity among
directors and members of the senior management to its shareholders.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

The next frontier: cybersecurity

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As you will read in both our cover story “The era of no excuses” and the interview I did with VIA Rail’s Denis Lavoie in the Quebec report, the challenge of managing the various risks around cybersecurity is landing with a thud on the desks of in-house counsel.
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