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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Significant statutory damages for copyright infringement of e-commerce website cartire

Courts are starting to show a willingness to award significant sums for statutory damages in cases of copyright infringement involving e-commerce websites. The images involved may not be masterpieces, but where many images have been reproduced, although the court may exercise its discretion to award less than the $500 per work minimum specified in the Copyright Act, the statutory damages can still add up. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

U.S. immigration-dependent industries and visa suspensions denied_visa_sm

When it comes to the current state of U.S. immigration, the situation is complex. Historically, in a down economy, restrictions are placed on immigration in order to preserve U.S. jobs for American citizens. Currently, however, those restrictions are even more limiting because of policies put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even more complicated, we also have factors at play due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with actions being taken under the guise of further protecting U.S. jobs or bolstering the economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

What COVID-19 taught me about solitary confinement Prisonershand

“The distinguishing feature of solitary confinement is the elimination of meaningful social interaction or stimulus. It has the potential to cause serious harm which could be permanent.” (Justice Mary Lou Benotto). ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 11:17 AM

Increasing challenges with high conflict family cases Man and woman heads in profile

While most parents who separate are able to make plans for their children on a consensual basis, perhaps with the assistance of lawyers or mediators, there has been a marked increase in the number of high conflict disputes that require resolution in Canada’s family courts. We report here on some preliminary findings on our research project on high conflict family cases in Ontario. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

Digital health care in a pandemic: Risks and rewards virtual_doctor_sm

As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed digital functionalities to the fore, it is impacting significantly the delivery of health care, in particular virtual care and access to medical records. However, as in other areas, privacy and security risks abound. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

Money laundering, gambling in e-sports M&A: Costs of non-compliance esports_winning_sm

The height of the coronavirus pandemic led to a cancellation of most, if not all, of traditional sports activities and that, in turn, led to a surge in demand for e-sports gaming. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Family cottage: How it can it cause conflict, give rise to litigation Cottage

“Nature is not a place to visit — it is home.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Summary judgment post COVID-19: Interpretive erosion and looking ahead Courthouse

The success of summary judgment post-Hryniak (Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7) has been further hindered by what is commonly known as interpretive erosion. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 3:08 PM

How Canadian fashion events navigate COVID-19 laws stylizedhat

During the start of COVID-19, the Canadian fashion industry’s activities were brought to a complete standstill. Toronto designers and event producers have stepped up to this challenge by shifting to the production of affordable face masks when mask shortages were prominent, and by utilizing virtual platforms to showcase collections and to engage with audiences and consumers. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

High time we helped Canadians climb out of debt Ladder

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a medical crisis in the world, which in turn caused an economic crisis in our society, which is now, in its turn, causing a moral crisis within our society. ... [read more]