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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Risks of moving or residing outside U.S. with a green card dissolving_greencard_sm

With Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status (or green card status) in the U.S. comes the privilege of residing in the U.S. What may be less obvious is the responsibility to live in the U.S. that also accompanies it. When one leaves, there is a process to undertake to abandon status, or maintain it. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Small steps in securing corporate accountability corporate_legaladvise_sm

Corporate accountability remains a tenuous subject for jurists in Canada and across the western world. The recent Chevron case in Canada (Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corp. 2018 ONCA 472) is evidence of that. Jurists are grappling with developing a legal theory that will hold corporations accountable, and yet allow them to enjoy distinct legal personalities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

Herceptin patents survive preliminary non-infringement challenge under new rules cancercells_sm.jpg

Significant amendments to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations came into force in September 2017. A purpose of these Regulations is to ensure that manufacturers of generic or biosimilar medicines do not receive marketing authorization before addressing patents that the innovator of the medicine maintains on a “patent list.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Access to justice must start during first contact with police youngmaninjail.jpg

For better or worse, I often view the world through the lens of my criminal clients. The majority of my clients at my office in northwestern Ontario are Aboriginal. Most have not had a fair shake at life. Access to justice does not start by providing them with a lawyer at their first appearance. Access to justice is critical well before they reach court: at detention, arrest and charge. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Judgment Day: The rise of AI in immigration robot_business_sm

Fans of The Terminator series understand “Judgment Day” as the day that the artificial intelligence Skynet becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear strike, killing three billion people in its wake. While this is the material of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automated decision making is a part of our reality and already deployed in myriad ways whether we know it or like it. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

New Ontario bill focuses on workplace mental health Workstresshead.jpg

On Jan. 1, 2018, a new bill in Ontario — Bill  127 — was enacted pursuant to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended, to include assessment of chronic mental health claims, in addition to claims for traumatic mental stress. Under the revised legislation, people who first seek medical attention or are diagnosed with a work-related chronic mental stress disorder — on or after Jan. 1, 2018 — may be entitled to benefits under the new legislation. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Seven practical tips for lawyers seeking board positions seven_tips_sm

Here are seven practical tips for lawyers who want to pursue a board position. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Cannabis roundup: This week’s legalization opinion and analysis Cannabis legalization

Here is a roundup of all the analysis and opinion pieces we published this week covering the many aspects of cannabis legalization in Canada that came into effect on Oct. 17, 2018. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Cannabis: What employers need to know Usethisone

Law firms, like many other employers across Canada, are still grappling with the potential workplace fallout from the historic legalization of cannabis for recreational use. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Political activity amendments would give charities more voice charity_fundraising_sm

On Sept. 14, 2018, the Department of Finance Canada published a proposal of draft legislative amendments (amendments) to the Income Tax Act (ITA) to remove the ITA’s quantitative limits for charities on non-partisan political activities. On Oct. 3, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also released a draft guidance on the matter, Charities and public policy advocacy (draft guidance). ... [read more]