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Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Is it the end of big box?

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Image: Matthew Billington
Image: Matthew Billington
The brief and unsuccessful entry into the Canadian market by Target has dominated media coverage this year when the topic turns to the state of retail.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Managing between waves

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Managing between wavesAsk those in the oil patch how things are these days and they will probably take a deep breath and pause before launching into a careful answer that goes something like this: Things are “OK” but it’s a different time indeed. All those projects that were in play a year ago may now be on hold or being restructured. For their colleagues in Canada’s North, their work towards developing and renewing infrastructure continues to be a challenge but one they love.
Uncertainties in Canada’s resource sectorExisting and future land claims and doubts on environmental rules have added a layer of uncertainty to an already difficult environment in the Canadian mining and resource sector, as companies struggle for development cash in a nervous and unsettled market.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Achieving invoice clarity

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Robert Shapiro, senior global lead patent attorney, Apotex Inc.
Robert Shapiro, senior global lead patent attorney, Apotex Inc.
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you’re managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers. Catching mistakes can be a challenge, but reviewing each bill in an efficient way is critical to getting a real handle on legal spending.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Canada Post’s Charter challenge

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Canada Post’s Charter challengeAs Canada Post Corp. proceeds with its five-year plan to phase out door-to-door mail delivery in favour of community mailboxes, it is facing a Charter challenge from its major union, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, joined by several seniors organizations.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Finding a place between clients and critters

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Finding a place between clients and crittersHalfway through 2014, I decided it was time to leave my position as a private practice lawyer and pursue a role that would intertwine my two passions, law and business.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:01

Taking stock of food fables

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Taking stock of food fablesOn its labels and in its advertising, including its web site, Vitaminwater is classified as a “nutrient enhanced water beverage,” by Glacéau, the Coca Cola subsidiary that produces the popular drink.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

Time to pull together

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Over the last year or two, it has been interesting to watch as the dialogue on alternative fee arrangements has moved from a push coming from innovative in-house counsel looking to draw law firms into the discussion, to now law firms championing the discussion as a marketing tool.
File early and watch closely as Canada's IP rules changeFar-reaching changes to Canada’s intellectual property laws will force companies to keep an eagle eye on their trademark and patent applications, watching deadlines and actions by their competitors, filing before the new rules bite, and getting ready for a heftier bill.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

Handling the affairs of Ashley Madison

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Photo: John Hryniuk
Photo: John Hryniuk
Life is short. Have an affair. That’s the slogan of highly successful — and highly controversial — online dating site Ashley Madison. The site, owned by Avid Life Media, is designed for “discreet encounters” for people seeking an affair.
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