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Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Legal operations: The business side of law legal_operations_sm

A lot has been written about legal operations recently. Is it a new function, a business solution or maybe even a complete overhaul of the legal industry framework? Whatever the case, it is an important topic for today’s legal professional.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Exploring the digital world of parent-child contact: Cautions, considerations Laptop on blue background

In parts one and two, this author explored parent reports about the types of conflicts associated with virtual parent-child contact to family justice professionals, the views and experiences of family justice professionals about the benefits and challenges of virtual parent-child contact, as well as hearing directly from children and parents. Part three, the last in this series, explores some cautions and considerations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Powers of attorney and advanced care planning: Wishes and directives power_of_attorney_sm

Our previous articles have provided an overview of legal issues relating to powers of attorney. This seventh article in our series explores the issues of personal care decisions and advance wishes and directives in greater detail. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal clarifies time limit for filing privacy breach civil actions Womanexamining

On May 13, 2019, the Alberta Court of Appeal clarified the limitation period for filing civil claims for privacy breaches. This is the first time the Court of Appeal has written a decision about s. 60 of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 11:42 AM

Regulators, auto insurers (slowly) rolling us into more efficient future Hand holding cellphone

Following in the now dusty footsteps of Nova Scotia, electronic proof of auto insurance (EPAI) has been approved for use in two additional Canadian jurisdictions this summer: Newfoundland and Labrador and, most recently, Alberta. In comparison, EPAI has already been approved for use in 94 per cent of all states in the U.S. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Immigration an explosive issue in coming election bomb_fuse_sm

The 2019 federal election is expected to take place on or before Oct. 21, 2019. Over the next three months, as the parties prepare their platforms and promises, immigration will be an agenda item on the campaign trail. Whether it is a debate about total immigration levels, the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), or refugee backlogs, the parties have been jockeying for position and courting votes from Canadians, many of whom have immigrant backgrounds or deep and personal connections to the topic of immigration.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Thin line between cybersecurity certification, compliance for SMEs cybersecurity_compliance_sm

There’s never been a dearth of guidance over the last half-a-decade or so from national and provincial regulators in Canada for businesses to improve their cybersecurity programs. But, in a first-of-its-kind federal initiative, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, on Aug. 12, launched CyberSecure Canada, a pilot voluntary certification program to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) “raise the cybersecurity baseline” and “increase consumer confidence.” The initiative is akin to the Cyber Essentials certification program of the New Brunswick government, launched in 2017. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Youth taking government to court in climate class action youthprotestors

Young people around the world have chimed in on climate change, launching actions against governments across the globe. The youth at the helm of these actions allege that governments are not doing enough to prevent climate change, in breach of their citizens’ constitutional rights. Historically, class actions have been used to “modify the behaviour” of organizations, corporations and the government. Now young people are using them as a vehicle to force governments to comply with emissions targets to combat climate change. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Closing the tax gap Tiny house on plans

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has finally begun to share its analysis of the tax gap in Canada with the public. The tax gap is the difference between what tax revenue should be collected and how much actually is collected. There is always a difference, or “leakage,” since no tax collection system is perfect. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 8:45 AM

Lawyer’s duty to the court and the high cost of its breach legal_punishment_sm

Beyond zealous advocacy for his or her client, a lawyer’s duty extends beyond his or her duty to the client. In Ontario, a lawyer must adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct, which proscribes and describes lawyers conduct. This includes a lawyer’s duty to the court. ... [read more]