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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]

Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 11:26 AM

‘Mr. Big’ back in the spotlight maninspotlight_sm.jpg

The Innocence Project at the Osgoode Hall Law School has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider a 2000 murder conviction based on a confession obtained during a Mr. Big operation (R. v. Simmonds [2000] BCJ No 1316). Simmonds is not alone in questioning the reliability of the confession that convicted him. There were dozens of Mr. Big-inspired convictions prior to Hart. Many of those defendants are still in prison. ... [read more]

Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

The pan-Canadian framework: Setting a price on carbon co2_sign_sm

Carbon pricing forms the central component behind any market attempt to reduce GHG emissions other than using strict command and control regulations. Pricing sends a signal to the marketplace that products or operations relying on extensive carbon use can be less economically efficient than other products or operations that use less carbon. The ability to emit any form of pollution into the environment without restrictions allows polluting entities to externalize those costs. This means that these entities do not have to incur the cost of cleanup while some other neighbour next door, or city or country incurs the eventual cost of that pollution. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Up in smoke: Preparing for the presence of marijuana in the workplace 2mentossingbomb.jpg

Bill C-45, the government’s marijuana legalization bill, was passed in a historic Senate vote (52-29) on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, resulting in subsequent confirmation from Prime Minister Trudeau that marijuana products will be legally consumable across Canada starting on Oct. 17, 2018. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Sunrise Propane explosion highlights importance of due diligence gastruck_sm.jpg

The Sunrise Propane explosion in 2008 serves as a stark reminder of the importance of due diligence when conducting business operations that are inherently dangerous to human health and the environment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

In Quebec, time runs out on guilt by association expired_meter_sm

In 9302-9239 Québec inc. (Habitations Mozenco) v. Média QMI inc. 2018 QCCA 846, Quebec’s Appeal Court held that “guilt by association” may be a familiar saying on the street but it is not a legal maxim in the courts. Quebec’s Press Act sets a short, three-month period in which to sue a newspaper for defamation but extends that period to one year if the newspaper article accuses the plaintiff of committing a criminal offence. ... [read more]