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The wife of Oshawa’s city solicitor says that on the night three years ago that her husband David Potts was kidnapped at gunpoint by a former councilor, she feared she might never see him again.
ACC Alberta chapter president Lorne O’Reilly says some in-house lawyers have returned to private practice during the downturn.
ACC Alberta chapter president Lorne O’Reilly says some in-house lawyers have returned to private practice during the downturn.
Even in tough times it seems in-house departments are bulking up and adding operations team members, but legal departments in the oil and gas sector are taking a hit as that sector continues to feel the pinch.
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:00

A career well crafted

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Wawanesa Insurance general counsel is retiring after 20 years serving in in-house roles.
Wawanesa Insurance general counsel is retiring after 20 years serving in in-house roles.
When asked what his plans are for retirement, George Bass pauses and is somewhat at a loss for words.
Monday, 18 January 2016 09:00

Time for a change?

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Time for a change?

Time for a change?

Humans are creatures of habit. We are prone to getting comfortable quickly and tend to like maintaining the status quo, especially when it comes to our jobs. Making a change requires a lot of ground work, it involves meeting new work colleagues, learning a new role, new processes, new reporting structures, sometimes a new industry and, most importantly, moving away from your comfort zone.

This week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal in last year’s most-talked about labour and employment law case.
This week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal in last year’s most-talked about labour and employment law case.
Almost a year to the date the Federal Court of Appeal overturned almost 40 years of arbitral law, tomorrow the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Joseph Wilson’s leave to appeal the decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy Ltd.
White-collar crime lawyer Norm Keith says project manager in Metron case did not have ‘criminal intent.’
White-collar crime lawyer Norm Keith says project manager in Metron case did not have ‘criminal intent.’
The construction project manager found guilty of criminal negligence in the deaths of four workers who fell from a scaffold in 2009 was sentenced to 3.5 years’ jail in a Toronto court today.
Employee stock option plans in private owner-managed businessesDeveloping and implementing an employee stock option plan in a private, owner- managed business that is meaningful to employees and achieves corporate objectives is undoubtedly challenging. Potential pitfalls to owners include structuring an effective ESOP across multiple jurisdictions, having to provide financial disclosure, having to consider minority rights, taking into account employment and securities laws, being subject to greater employee scrutiny, and, of course, the cost and time required to design, implement, and maintain an ESOP.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Costs denied in duty to consult case

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Paul Seaman of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Paul Seaman of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
A Divisional Court in Ontario has declined to award substantial costs to a hydroelectric dam operator and Ontario Power Authority after a protracted review in a duty-to-consult case ended in settlement with a First Nations group.
Is CHCH newsroom now operated by ‘related employer?’Newsroom staff suddenly let go from their jobs at a Hamilton, Ont., television station may still be able to get severance from their former employer even though it declared bankruptcy.
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:00

Make 2016 your banner year

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Make 2016 your banner yearTwelve months ago, when I wrote my first article for Canadian Lawyer InHouse, I questioned how much information/advice or support I could give to other fellow in-house counsel. No one is perfect and my career was in many ways still in its early stages of development. Nevertheless, I welcomed the opportunity to stand on this wonderful soapbox and communicate to each one of you several simple messages.
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