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Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 1:07 PM

Reliability of statements, lack of stereotyping key to fair trials Buncha

Every criminal trial is unique in its facts and circumstances. While cases may be very similar, the way in which evidence is presented is affected by the human perspective of the witnesses who testify. No two people experience the same event in the same way and certainly different events are experienced differently. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Decision illustrates dangers of tunnel vision Tunnel Vision

An allegation or criminal wrongdoing has impact beyond the criminal court. Impacts in civil law, reputational damage and professional regulation are all affected. While many of these take a back seat while a criminal prosecution is ongoing, there may be duties to provide information. For example, where the criminal action involved a motor vehicle accident, there may be reporting requirements under provincial highway safety law, or requirements to make statements to insurers. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

More of same, just nicer: International trade under Biden U.S._trade_sm

With the election is the United States being called by all major U.S. news organizations, President-Elect Joe Biden should take over the highest executive office in January 2021. While a deadly novel coronavirus and global warming may initially take precedence, matters of international trade will soon be on the agenda as the new president and his cabinet look to pull the U.S. economy out of the pandemic recession. It will be important for Canadian companies selling into the U.S. or exporting elsewhere in the world to understand how the Biden administration will treat international trade matters.   ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Supreme Court upholds ruling on importance of text timing in sexual assault case Teens&cellsphones

The use of text messages in trials has become more and more common over time. Both as a result of the fact that virtually everyone has a cell phone, and the seeming preference by younger people for this form of communication, information which used to be lost in the ether, is now recorded for all time. This is especially so in matters of sexual assault. Where conversations used to be had over the phone or in person, it is quite common for people to discuss their sex lives, past, present and future, via text. Section 276 of the Criminal Code limits the use to which such records can be used. Specifically, avoiding the twin myths is a key reason for such messages to be deemed inadmissible. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Kids, classes and COVID: Case law regarding parental conflict over school attendance during pandemic COVID mask and school materials

Many separated and divorced parents have faced wrenching decisions about their children’s schooling this fall, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

Impact of presidential election on U.S. and Canadian immigration: Part Two whitehouse_podium_sm

Perhaps the largest elephant in the room as it pertains to immigration and cross-border mobility between Canada and the U.S. is the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, Canada’s executive branch has introduced a number of orders-in-council pursuant to the Quarantine Act, which have heavily restricted movement between the countries. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

Estate tech alignment: How IT alignment model works hands_digital_devices_sm

The estate management requirements of our clients’ growing portfolio of digital assets is an emerging area for the estate industry and estate practitioners. The goal of this series of articles is to provide context on how the estate industry could approach a client’s digital estate from a business enterprise perspective and a framework of how to execute. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 11:19 AM

China’s new patent law to strengthen IP protection Chinawithlightbulb

On Oct. 17, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee approved China’s new patent law, which will come into force on June 1, 2021. This is the fourth time that China’s patent law has undergone significant changes, with previous amendments in 1992, 2000, and 2008. The new law has the potential to strengthen intellectual property (IP) protection and encourage globally harmonized practices. Some notable changes include: ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on personal injury claims in Ontario Person with broken arm filling form

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only made our justice system inaccessible for many but has placed an exceptional burden on disabled persons with personal injury claims. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 10:03 AM

Want new client leads? Make sure your website answers their legal Googling SEO

Google knows a thing or two about attraction. It expects you to attract visitors with content that mirrors or closely matches what they are searching for. Content includes not only the words that are on your “home” page or “about” page, but also includes your blog or any guides, videos, etc. that you offer visitors. ... [read more]