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Workplace harassment and corporate obligationsRecent high-profile sexual harassment cases demonstrate the devastating impact on individual employees, as well as the fallout to an organization when a culture of harassment is permitted to exist. We all agree that legislation designed to eradicate harassment in the workplace and protect employees should be implemented without delay. 
Now’s the time to develop a global trademark strategyThe Economist recently commented on the low level of Canadian patent activity, with Canada behind not only perennial patent powerhouses South Korea and Japan but also most other developed regions, according to the article “More Particle Than Wave” in the April issue of the magazine.
The state of litigation privilege after BlankTen years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in Blank v. Canada, thereby putting an end to considerable debate among Canadian jurists regarding the scope of the litigation privilege. In that decision, the Court underlined the distinct nature of this common law privilege, which had often been wrongly confused with solicitor-client privilege.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Narrowing the roster

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Narrowing the rosterAs the energy sector braces for a “lower for longer” oil price environment, companies like Shell are looking for ways to find efficiencies and cut external legal costs.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Trade deals offer opportunities and risks

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Trade deals offer opportunities and risksTwo huge international trade agreements will offer Canada’s manufacturers unparalleled access to markets around the world, but companies must balance the opportunities that the pacts will bring with the risk of extra competition, and prepare for different business models and new trade relationships.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Adventures in Viceland

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Adventures in VicelandNaomi Zener recalls being on an Air Canada flight departing from Toronto to a vacation destination when, already in relaxation mode, the entertainment lawyer and author casually picked up the in-flight magazine in front of her and scanning the ads spotted a problem.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Women helping women in law

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Women helping women in lawBetrayer of the sisterhood. Anti-feminist. Disloyal to women. These are all terms that were used to describe Marie Henein throughout the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Most concerning of all, however, was not the plethora of similar choice words attributed to Ms. Henein across social media platforms during the trial (and after the verdict) but rather one basic fact: Most of these comments were made by other women. If the roles were reversed, and Ms. Henein was a man, would the same have been said?
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Making informed choices

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When it comes to legal services procurement, there are still some in the in-house world who balk at the idea that legal services can be procured in the same way as widgets. I get that, but more and more, traditional procurement approaches and tools are being used in large organizations to determine how external legal providers are chosen. It’s hard to ignore the effectiveness when you consider the questions asked.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

In the crosshairs

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In the crosshairsOn the morning of Oct. 17, 2012, David Potts got up as usual and went to his job as solicitor for the City of Oshawa as if it was any other day. As difficult as it might be for some to understand, it was important to him that he do that — even though the night before he found himself the target of a volatile abduction by a former municipal councillor who had held him at gunpoint for three terrifying hours.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

No clear path

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No clear pathThe Supreme Court of Canada is normally the end of the road for contentious legal issues, regardless of which area of the law is being argued. In its long-awaited decision last December in a trilogy of secondary markets class action appeals, however, lawyers who acted on the plaintiff side and those on the defendant side of these actions were left wanting when it came to the big picture in this area.
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