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Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

Pros, cons of making cannabis record suspension automatic Manlookingoutkeytofreedom.jpg

Legalization of cannabis has left those with past cannabis possession charges in an unfair situation. There have been numerous attempts to address this issue. Recently, the government of Canada introduced Bill C-93 which proposes to allow Canadians who have been previously convicted only of simple cannabis possession to apply for a record suspension with no application fee or wait period, once their sentence has been served. Moreover, there have been discussions if cannabis record suspension can be made automatic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Marriage of Big Law and alternative legal services electronic_legal_sm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Or better still, have them join you. Is that, perchance, the evasive formula for satisfying the ever-more complex expectations that clients and in-house counsel have of their law firms? ... [read more]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 2:37 PM

Upcoming changes to insurance industry in Ontario People standing on form

Now that the buzz of the Raptors’ championship has faded, the people of Ontario are clamouring for the next big thing. Thankfully, the government of Ontario is obliging. They are in consultation with various groups, including representatives of the insurance industry and with lawyers who practice personal injury law. A chapter in the provincial budget outlined an ambitious breadth of changes, many of which are still in the preliminary stages of being considered. ... [read more]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

B.C. implements labour-friendly changes to the Labour Relations Code Groupofworkerslight

On Feb. 6, 2018, British Columbia’s minister of Labour appointed a panel to review, and provide recommendations for amending the Labour Relations Code. The review panel was directed to conduct public consultations, consider recent labour law developments and to assess labour issues in the context of “a growing, sustainable economy with fair laws for workers and businesses.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

France prohibits case analysis using deep learning Gears inside head

Algorithms can rewrite themselves through a process called deep learning. Our limited ability to fully understand and control how deep learning algorithms function have led some jurisdictions to consider how to limit the use of new artificial intelligence technologies. Last month, France amended Article 33 of the Justice Reform Act, making it illegal to use a judge’s name for the purpose or effect of evaluating, analyzing, comparing or predicting his or her professional behaviour. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Wrongful dismissal update: Aggravated damages are aggravating employers frustratedmansitting.jpg

Increasingly, plaintiff counsel in wrongful dismissal actions are claiming aggravated damages for an employer’s failure to act in good faith. These damages can relate to an employer’s pre-termination or post-termination conduct. This development is significant in the evolution in the law of wrongful dismissal. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

B.C. implements employee-friendly changes to Employment Standards Act peoplestanding

On April 29, 2019, British Columbia’s minister of Labour introduced Bill 8, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019 (Bill 8). Bill 8 received royal assent on May 30 and resulted in significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 2:02 PM

Shields raises eyebrows at Charlotte Tilbury: Understanding right of personality Stylizedfemaleface.jpg

An interesting case in the U.S. was recently launched by actor Brooke Shields against makeup conglomerate Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Inc., which highlights the importance of brand expansion planning for celebrities and their namesake brand. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 9:02 AM

Privacy compliance for political parties: Focus on digital media personal_information_sm

The efforts of our federal government to protect democracy in the upcoming election have a manifest incongruity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 3:03 PM

Rights of purchasers in cancelled condominium projects highrises

Recently, a number of residential condominium developments have been terminated by the developer. In a rising market, purchasers whose agreements have been cancelled have been left behind by increasing purchase prices. The Condominium Act is consumer protection legislation and accordingly, it is given a broad application and interpretation by the courts to achieve this goal. But the Act contains limited constraints on a developer’s entitlement to terminate residential purchase agreements. ... [read more]