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Monday, 21 July 2014 08:00

Big data, big problems

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn May 27, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission released its study of data broker practices entitled “Big Data: A Call for Transparency and Accountability.” Based on its 18-month review of the data collection and use practices of nine significant data brokers (Acxiom, CoreLogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, PeekYou, Rapleaf, and Recorded Future), the FTC obtained detailed information regarding the data brokers’ practices, including the nature and sources of consumer data they collect; how they use, maintain, and disseminate the data; and the extent to which data brokers currently allow U.S. consumers to access and correct data about them or to opt out of having their personal information sold or shared.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

Broader border concerns

Illustration: Kim Rosen
Illustration: Kim Rosen
Guidy Mamann was at a former employee’s wedding when he received a phone call. “The community called me to tell me that one plane made it to Guatemala and the other one was stuck in Trinidad and the Canadian government had gone out, chased them down, and brought them back,” says the senior partner with Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP. The “community” was Lev Tahor, a Haredi Jewish sect that had recently fled from Quebec to Ontario in an attempt to evade child protection authorities. A handful of the approximately 40 families had then tried to go to the Caribbean, but only a few made it successfully.
Published in Features
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

A new and exciting frontier

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_July_Bob-Rae.jpgIt’s an exciting time to be a lawyer, and an even more exciting time to be practising aboriginal law.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

Everybody need apply

It seems the federal government has pissed lawyers off again, this time over who’s applying for spots on the federal bench. “I was just so pissed off,” Avvy Yao-Yao Go, a well-known social justice activist and lawyer, wrote in the Toronto Star after Justice Minister Peter MacKay made comments at a recent Ontario Bar Association meeting that women and visible minorities aren’t applying for judge jobs and that’s why they’re under-represented on the bench. He reportedly also said a woman’s bond with her children might also be the reason few would apply for judicial positions on the federal “circuit courts” where they may be forced to travel away from family (say for a week in another big city or something crazy like that).
Published in Commentary
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

CASL: still muddy waters

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn June 6, I received an e-mail from Industry Canada inviting me to become “better informed” about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation through one of several information sessions hosted by the Canadian government “across the country” during the past six months. Having duly signed up to receive “Fighting Spam” updates, I was directed to watch a video, one month after it had been posted to YouTube, that promised to provided “detailed information on enforcement, regulations and guidance related to CASL.”
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn 2009, the Ontario government introduced Bill 168, which amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It imposed positive obligations on employers to keep their workplaces free from violence and harassment. Similar legislation exists in other Canadian provinces.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

Standing up for the chief

The legal profession in Canada by no means speaks with one unified voice. Nothing brings a community together, however, like a politically  motivated attack on one of its most respected leaders.
I’m going to suggest Stephen Harper had no idea the hornet’s nest he was stirring when he publicly characterized as “inappropriate” and “inadvisable” a phone call Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin made to the government regarding a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

Cryptocurrency!

Illustration:Kickpixel
Illustration:Kickpixel
When Jillian Friedman completed her articles at McMillan LLP at the end of last year, the young Montreal lawyer attended by fortuitous happenstance a networking event presentation on bitcoins, a controversial and extremely volatile virtual currency that exists only digitally, as computer code. Friedman, unshaken by the scandals and sordid headlines that have rocked the nascent virtual currency over the past year, was hooked, enticed by the notion of becoming a cryptocurrency legal expert. She is on her way. Heeding the advice of her mentors, Friedman is cultivating a clientele of bitcoin startups, a sector that allows her to share her knowledge and brief legal experience in financial services and general commercial law to an industry pushing for mainstream recognition.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgEvery year, members of the immigration bar gather together to discuss emerging issues and rising trends in the practice of immigration at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual immigration conference. This year, the conference was held in Calgary. Immigration practitioners from across Canada (and around the globe!) met to learn and discuss some of the very real issues facing our rapidly changing industry.
Published in Web exclusive content
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_CASL.jpgCanada’s anti-spam legislation goes into effect on July 1, but there’s still a lot of confusion about what that means for not-for-profit organizations. Charities and non-profits fall under the same legislation as private businesses — and are subject to the same penalties, which are hefty.
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