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Monday, May 16, 2022 @ 9:18 AM

Why federal toxics law amendments need to address problems with carcinogens Chemical vial

Arsenic has been known since the age of the Roman Empire as the king of poisons. In the modern era it is a known or suspected cancer-causing agent and listed as a toxic substance under Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). It is also symptomatic of Canada’s inability to curb emissions of a wide variety of such substances in the environment. ... [read more]

Friday, May 13, 2022 @ 1:48 PM

Make sure you have it before you give it Man holding an empty gift box

A will can sometimes be seen as your final words to your loved ones. You may want to set out specific gifts to the people who you cherish most or who have helped you out during your lifetime. But as in life, you need to make sure you can actually afford or are able to make these gifts on your death. ... [read more]

Friday, May 13, 2022 @ 9:46 AM

Room Full of Spoons when all you need is a knife Spoons

There has been much written about the first decision in Wiseau Studio LLC v. Harper et al. 2020 ONSC 2504, including numerous articles by this author, due to the plaintiff Tommy Wiseau’s insistence on pursuing a remedy for copyright and moral rights infringements of his film The Room, which was ripped to shreds in the documentary Room Full of Spoons. ... [read more]

Friday, May 13, 2022 @ 8:59 AM

How Canada can compete with U.S. in attracting Russian talent Russian and Canadian flags

U.S. President Joe Biden recently asked Congress to modify the Immigration and Nationality Act, in order to temporarily allow Russians into the United States without an employer sponsor if they have a master’ or doctorate degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field. The modification of the Act, for a temporary period of four years, would streamline a pathway for Russians to immigrate to the U.S. without requiring a sponsor from an employer prior to applying for an employment-based visa. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 1:47 PM

Alberta’s municipal statutory defences under fire: Part two Umbrella under attack

In the first article in this two-part series, we discussed how certain sections of the Alberta Municipal Government Act (the Act) place legal duties on municipalities, while other sections provide them with broad defences. The recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision in Pyke v. Calgary (City), 2022 ABQB 198 has narrowed the application of these statutory defences, specifically s. 530 of the Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 1:24 PM

Consultations have begun on proposed changes to guideline for financial institutions Stack of books

On April 27, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released Draft Guideline B-10 —Third-Party Risk Management (Draft Guideline B-10) for public comment. Draft Guideline B-10 aims to enhance OSFI’s expectations of federally regulated financial institutions’ (FRFIs) management of third-party risks. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 11:40 AM

Reasonable expectation of privacy at work, revisiting Cole Guy being examined via magnifying glasses

This article attempts to advance the understanding of “reasonable” at work through the lens of one criminal trial: R v. Cole 2012 SCC 53. Cole is as much about socially stigmatized and criminalized conduct as it is about understanding employment law and privacy doctrinally. In that respect, context does matter. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 10:52 AM

To collect or not to collect Canada Pension at 65, that is the question Money Scales

Once you reach a certain age, lawyers contemplating joining the great retirement gravitation have to ask themselves the most existential of all questions, when should I start taking the Canadian Pension Plan? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 @ 2:30 PM

Birth of the metaverse: New digital interactions Hand holding digital assets

In part two of this four-part series we took a historical look at legal definitions of ownership begging the question, what system of ownership is applicable to assets in the metaverse? Is the law dependent on who the user is, meaning an individual’s nationality and where they reside, or is the law dependent on the type of asset owned? Does it matter if the asset is virtual real estate, or a luxury Birkin bag an individual’s avatar used in a game? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 @ 1:43 PM

Role of artificial intelligence for everyday business Airbot

Robert Kepes, a principal of Morris Kepes Winters LLP which is a boutique firm at 390 Bay St. in the middle of Toronto’s financial district, says he is seeing increased traffic nowadays as people gradually return to the office. He and his two partners are now back on-site on a full-time basis, but he says the building which is home to many law firms remains by his estimation about three-quarters empty. ... [read more]