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Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 1:56 PM

Google: It’s a verb; it’s a noun; it’s an example of genericide brandnames

Can a brand become so well known that it crosses the boundary and becomes a generic word? When I go to the shoe store, do I shop for “nikes” or do I shop for Nike-brand footwear? ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

The bike helmet: A life saver with limitations bikehelmetstory_sm.jpg

Bicycle helmets save lives. They protect the head and brain during bicycle crashes where the cyclist’s head strikes the ground, a vehicle, or some other roadside object. But bicycle helmets are not perfect: there are times when even a properly worn helmet does not prevent a head injury. ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

The legal twists and turns of fundraising on social media fundraising_socialmedia_sm

Fundraising on social media encompasses a wide range of online communication, including blogs, websites, social networking sites, text messaging and email.The following is a non-exhaustive list of legal issues that charities and their legal counsel may want to consider when fundraising on social media. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

Why Saskatchewan hockey crash case could be bellwether saskmap_sm.jpg

The tragic crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team is something that touched the national subconscious. Given the profile of this crash, it is not at all surprising that police took significant time and care to conduct their investigation. Driving charges cover a spectrum from regulatory offences to criminal matters. There is no bright shining line between offences and they overlap. For the criminal charge of dangerous driving, the test to be considered is whether the driver was operating a motor vehicle in a manner which was a “marked departure from the norm.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

How to detect and deter cannabis use in the workplace guyatdeskwipingeyes_sm.jpg

Since the federal government’s legalization of recreational cannabis, set for October 2018, employers, employees and just about everyone have been concerned with the way that the heavily used drug will be regulated in the workplace. And the solution: implementation of a “smoke-free” environment and the reinforcement of an employer’s duty to keep a safe workplace. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

In blockchain we trust Manoncomputerchip_sm.jpg

The first thing we do, let’s disintermediate all the lawyers. Imagine a virtuous world where someone says they would do something and then actually did it. Blockchain promises to revolutionize the economy since the need for virtue simply disappears. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

Grey market sales can be restricted, even if not from Mars marsbars_sm.jpg

Grey market goods are the scourge of authorized distributors and manufacturers, since they tend to undercut the authorized channels on price and act as a gateway for counterfeit goods in the supply chain. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

The art of diplomacy and in-house counsel diplomacy_counsel_sm

While practice in a law firm has its own well documented challenges, in-house counsel face different ones. For example, law firm counsel must develop and maintain client relationships, while in-house counsel have only one client: the company. However, within the company, there are numerous people with which the legal department must develop and maintain relations. In both cases, these individuals represent the corporate client: a VP may represent the company as a new client for a law firm, while that same VP is someone who in-house counsel should have a relationship with to represent the legal department. You might call it diplomacy. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

The controversy over Step 6 of Garofoli Garofoli_sm.jpg

In R. v. Garofoli [1990] 2 S.C.R. 1421, Step 6 is a controversial application of an exceptional procedure where the court is clearly struggling to come to a decision that is fair to all parties involved in the case. Step 6 allows the Crown to rely on the unredacted portions of the affidavit or Information to Obtain document (ITO) filed in support of an application for a wiretap authorization or search warrant in defending the warrant’s validity, provided the appropriate steps are taken into consideration to preserve the accused’s right to a fair trial and to make full answer and defence. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Getting to know you: Privacy and artificial intelligence ai_privacy_sm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a great potential to improve our lives and make it more efficient. It can automate the temperature in our house, help banks spot fraudulent activities, diagnose cancer and make vehicles autonomous. AI can also automate decision-making such as whether we are approved for a loan, what newsfeeds we see, and what our auto insurance premiums will be. ... [read more]