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Monday, 29 February 2016 09:01

The big sell-off

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The big sell-offThe successful bidder for 11 acres of prized waterfront real estate, near the foot of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, is expected to be announced later this month. The site is the former location of the head office of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and what used to be one of its flagship retail outlets.
Navigating the  legislative and   regulatory  landscapeWhen you are general counsel and corporate secretary for a large staffing company, the current legislative landscape in Ontario can look a little daunting, as Lara Speirs knows all too well.

When is an employee’s off-duty conduct a  work-related issue?While in-house counsel have enough challenges dealing with the legal and compliance issues arising from employees’ conduct at the workplace, television cameras, smartphones, and social media mean the impact of employee conduct does not stop at the company’s gates. 

Monday, 29 February 2016 09:01

The Old Man and the Sea of IP

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The Old Man and the Sea of IPThis article will discuss licensing out of technology, but first let’s look at the basics with the help of a literary giant. Ernest Hemingway is not just a famous author anymore. Part of his legacy, as carefully managed by companies controlled by his heirs, is now growing into a significant branding enterprise that does much more than publish books.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

Quebec’s New Code of Civil Procedure

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Quebec’s New Code of Civil ProcedureOn Jan. 1, the Act to establish the New Code of Civil Procedure came into force in Quebec. The NCCP is intended to modernize civil procedure, promote access to justice, and reduce costs and delays.
Should retainer agreements include fee arbitration clauses?Canadian in-house counsel often enjoy trusting relationships with their external counsel. When the two enter into a retainer agreement, neither party is generally worried the deal will end in a litigious fracas.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

Ontario’s big gaming gamble

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Ontario’s big gaming gambleRevitalizing Ontario’s aging gambling operations is supposed to create jobs, modernize facilities, and pump billions of dollars into the provincial economy, based on a 2012 plan that creates a new ownership model and invites the private sector to share the risk.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

Public sector legal warrior

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Public sector legal warriorIn 2013, when heroin addicts participating in a clinical trial at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver were denied access to prescription heroin by Health Canada once they left the trial, the hospital’s operator, Providence Health Care Society, joined five patients in deciding to bring a Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge, claiming the addicts’ rights to life, liberty, and security of the person were infringed upon.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

Building better relationships with First Nations

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Building better relationships with First NationsAs the federal government undertakes to renew its relationship with indigenous peoples, all levels of government — and more and more companies — continue to build relationships with First Nations.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

In-house marketing

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I often think in-house legal departments suffer from a lack of brand awareness. Do the people they serve really know who they are and what they do day-to-day? More importantly, do the business people they are supposed to be helping really know how legal operates and what they could be doing to help each other?
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