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Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Goudge report still a deterrent

The most frightening aspect of being a criminal defence lawyer is contributing to a miscarriage of justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Number of options available to skilled U.S. professionals and their dependants

For months, Canadians watched the Republican presidential race in disbelief as we wondered whether it would be possible for Donald Trump to clinch the nomination. Now, in the midst of the presidential election, we still cringe at the thought he may just make it all the way to the Oval Office. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Appeal court says text to recipient not private

The next time you send a text message to your spouse or best friend or colleague thinking that the communication is private, think again. It may not be. The Court of Appeal for Ontario has decided, in R. v. Marakah 2016 ONCA 542, that the sender of a text does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the message in the hands of the recipient. This means that once our text messages (or any communications sent through media that create digital records of our words) arrive on the other end, they are vulnerable to search and seizure by the police. And we cannot constitutionally challenge the search, seizure, or use of those communications. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Streamlined out of existence

Immigrants who obtained Canadian citizenship through the process of naturalization can lose their status as citizens if it is later determined that they obtained that status through fraud, for example by falsifying the amount of time that they lived in Canada in order to meet the residency requirement to qualify for citizenship. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Catch and release

A justice of the peace in Guelph, Ont., has released a judgment on bail that could change how lawyers apply the bail provisions of the Criminal Code. In his reasons, justice of the peace Michael Cuthbertson relies on s. 515(3) of the Criminal Code which requires the Crown to “show cause” why any release more onerous than an undertaking is necessary. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Careful what you ‘ask’ for

More than ever before, legal and marketing teams must work together to navigate a social media sphere that is littered with legal landmines. There is no denying that social media touches virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Navigating conflicts of interest

All lawyers are duty-bound to avoid conflicts of interest. However, this task is not always as easy as it may seem. In our view, the practice area that is most fraught with potential conflicts is business law. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Get permits, community acceptance for film shoots

This summer Toronto again saw a steady flow of film productions coming north of the border to shoot — the Flatliners sequel starring Ellen Page and Kiefer Sutherland, Anon, starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried and Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig (just to name a few). ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Careful what you 'ask' for

More than ever before, legal and marketing teams must work together to navigate a social media sphere that is littered with legal landmines. There is no denying that social media touches virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses. Consequently, the issue for most marketers is not whether there is a choice to engage in social media, but how best to engage with their closest “friends.” Enter promotional contests. Often thought of as fast, easy and cost-effective ways to engage consumers (after all, who doesn’t love the chance to win free stuff?!), social media contests can pose significant challenges for the businesses that administer them. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Finding alternative capital sources for energy firms

Cash-flow constraints within the Canadian energy sector and increased uncertainty as to the industry’s long-term sustainability have resulted in a significant decrease in traditional debt and equity markets activity. ... [read more]