Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

Gender identity and expression

Gender identity and expressionBritish Columbia amended its Human Rights Code in July 2016 to add “gender identity and expression” as a protected ground. This means that, in B.C., it is now prohibited to discriminate in areas including employment based on a person’s gender identity or gender expression. Neither gender identity nor gender expression are defined in the B.C. code, so employers, and counsel to those employers, need to look outside the code for assistance in interpreting these terms.
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Beware CASL’s new private right of action requirements!The world’s most onerous anti-spam legislation is about to get even nastier. On July 1, ¬the private right of action provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation will come into force. Under the PRA sections, persons (i.e., individuals, partnerships, corporations, associations, etc.) will be able to bring actions against individuals and organizations that contravene certain provisions of CASL, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s federal private sector privacy act and the Competition Act.  
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Broken pot promise would send Liberals’ credibility up in smokeThe rollout of the Liberals’ Cannabis Act was a grim affair. It seems that never more grudgingly has a government followed through on an election promise.
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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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