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Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 2:47 PM

Top 4 considerations when seeking a stay pending appeal, judicial review Court house, gavel and stop sign

In Ontario, the issue of whether a decision or order is stayed pending an appeal or judicial review depends on the interaction of several statutes and civil procedure rules. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 12:18 PM

Shareholder activism during COVID-19: Setting the stage Sharholders making corporation better

COVID-19 instantly impacted world economies, governments and global citizens alike. In the corporate world of business, shareholder activists were hit with a major bump in the road in March 2020. In such an unprecedented time, these activists sought to balance the competing forces of business stability with progressive corporate social responsibility ideals. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 11:22 AM

Demystifying non-fungible tokens (and important legal questions) NFT Mona Lisa

There’s nothing like a popstar such as Justin Bieber buying a picture of a pixellated ape for US$1.3 million to signal the emergence of a new phenomenon. Many are wondering whether these non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a Ponzi scheme on the verge of collapse, but hidden behind the immense wealth that some have generated from these digital assets is a practical technology that may revolutionize the business world. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

Court of Appeal ruling on joint submission decision impacts future decisions Man facing woman

It is unusual to see a case, resolved by joint submission at the trial level, making it to the Court of Appeal. Yet in R. v. Naslund 2022 ABCA 6, in a 2-1 decision, the court held that the agreed upon 18-year sentence for manslaughter should be reduced to nine years less time served. More importantly, it contained important comments for future decisions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 2:47 PM

Artificial intelligence used properly in law Robot at work

Artificial intelligence (AI) and technology can be a boon to the legal profession, but care must be taken to ensure it is being used correctly and in the right circumstances. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 1:58 PM

Birth of the metaverse: Practical actions for estate lawyers Digital hand juggling virutal objects

In part three of this series, we looked at examples of new digital experiences in the metaverse. Part four examines how estate lawyers can prepare to meet client expectations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 11:18 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal interprets pandemic insurance endorsement Man holds umbrella over dollar sign

In March 2020, the deadly COVID-19 virus was spreading fast and public health measures such as social distancing and isolation were the first line of defence. The world seemed to come to a stop. Many businesses were forced to close, relying on insurance and government assistance to carry them through the shutdowns. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 10:31 AM

Gender X and personal identity on government documents Three passports of three peoplel

Sex and gender are separate personal characteristics. Sex refers to biological characteristics while gender more broadly refers to a social identity. For many individuals, the distinction between sex and gender does not impact their day-to-day life. The categories of “M” or the “F” on a form can be checked off without a second thought. However, the distinction between sex and gender can be important for those who have a gender identity or lived experience that does not align with their sex at birth. Government-issued documents that capture this information can hold practical and emotional significance for some people. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 2:17 PM

Data privacy invasions in femtech: A threat to long-term women’s health care? All eyes on woman

The female health technology (femtech) industry is an essential driver of change for women’s health. Born from the premise that women should be afforded agency and autonomy over their bodies and health decisions, femtech strives to empower and support women along their health-care journey. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 9:57 AM

Donoghue v. Stevenson anniversary conference May 26 will ‘hail the snail’ Paisley Snail

Animals have played a significant role in the development of the common law, even if inadvertently. ... [read more]