Monday, 10 July 2017 09:01

A case of no respect?

Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz
Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz
Poor François Desroches-Lapointe. A board member and spokesman for the Quebec civil lawyers’ and notaries’ union — Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois, or LANEQ — he tried in vain in May to find members who were willing to share their first-hand experiences on the picket lines during their historic four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history.
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Monday, 12 June 2017 09:00

CASL: Small firms should care, too

CASL: Small firms should care, tooCanada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, which came into force in 2014, has been a significant topic of discussion over the past few years. The upcoming end of the three-year transition period and the recently delayed private right of action that was to commence on July 1 has renewed the conversation. For a variety of reasons, many small businesses, including sole and small law firms, have ignored CASL. Given the stiff penalties and the imminent end of the transition period, however, now is the time for you and your clients to review policy and procedures to ensure compliance.
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Monday, 26 June 2017 09:00

The SCC’s place in the world

Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Top courts in other countries play very different roles than Canada’s Supreme Court.
Published in Commentary
‘Judicial Accountability’ Bill highlights well intentioned hysteriaThe House of Commons has approved Bill C-337, The Judicial Accountability Through Sexual Assault Law Training Act, with little or no debate. The Senate is likely to do the same. This proposed legislation began as a private member’s bill, introduced by Interim Conservative Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition Rona Ambrose which sought to restrict eligibility for judicial appointments to individuals who had completed comprehensive sexual assault education. A blatant and dangerous interference with the independence of the judiciary, it now seems to have been amended to require this training for all judges once appointed, which is less offensive.
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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.
Published in Features
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