Liberals pick only low-hanging justice fruit with Bill C-39This month, the Liberal government took swift and decisive action against zombie laws found lurking in Canada’s Criminal Code. Except their actions were not swift, decisive or principled but instead a half-hearted grab at only the lowest hanging justice fruit.
 
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Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

Smart toys: smart or just creepy?

Smart toys: smart or just creepy?It’s been a bad few weeks for Internet-enabled “smart” children’s toys.
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Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

Labour law overhaul

Illustration: Pete Ryan
Illustration: Pete Ryan
Ontario’s ‘Changing Workplaces Review’ could swing the pendulum toward employees.
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Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Marijuana Inc.

Marijuana Inc.A strong, new whiff of opportunity is blowing in the direction of Canadian business.
Anti-bribery legislation and the role of general counselReporting on recent cases in Canada involving the levying of significant fines and debarment of companies demonstrated to have participated in the bribing of foreign public officials has highlighted the need for general counsel to play a central role as far as prevention goes. This usually entails obtaining management and board buy-in, drafting appropriate anti-corruption policies, awareness and training and ongoing monitoring and reporting. 
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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. 
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Timing is everything in the marijuana decriminalization businessIt’s an odd coincidence that I’m writing this article around 4:20 p.m. on 4/20 from Vancouver — 4/20 being common urban slang for marijuana consumption that has now morphed into a cultural trademark for those who wish to decriminalize it and draw political attention on April 20 each year.
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When is natural death reasonably foreseeable?After much suspense and speculation, the federal government introduced bill C-14, on medical assistance in dying, on April 14, 2016. The bill allows people of at least 18 years of age with capacity and eligibility for government-funded health services in Canada to make a voluntary request for, and give informed consent to, medical assistance in dying if they have a grievous and irremediable medical condition.
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Monday, 28 March 2016 09:00

Hello? It’s not just e-mail . . .

Hello? It’s not just e-mail . . .As Canadian and foreign companies that do business in Canada continue to struggle with the complexities of Canda’s Anti-Spam Legislation compliance, some organizations are tempted to just reach for their phones instead and do some old-fashioned “cold calling,” believing themselves immune from legal censure.
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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.
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