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Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Detailing the policy

Insurance counsel are undoubtedly aware of the need to look at the policy as a whole when interpreting the language of an insurance contract and providing coverage opinions. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Catching up to the technology

Canadian courts are taking an Internet-savvy and technologically neutral approach to trademark use in Canada. In the recent decision of Specialty Software Inc. v. Bewatec [2016] FC 223, the Federal Court confirmed that for the purposes of trademark use in association with goods, there is no material difference between purchasing a floppy disk, CD or DVD in a store and purchasing a downloadable software licence online. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Forget paper, the future is in Skype and the cloud

I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a computer nerd. So when I recently changed offices at my firm, I was determined to truly make it a lawyer’s office of tomorrow — but today. Technologically speaking.  ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Anatomy of a slip and fall

Slippery walking conditions are familiar to Canadians, but slips and falls also occur on indoor surfaces, with potentially serious consequences. Such falls are a major source of injury and lost-time costs in the workplace. In 2013, there were 11,814 lost-time injury claims from falls in Ontario, and 70 per cent were falls on the same level (including falls resulting from slips and trips, according to Health and Safety Ontario). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Controlling the housing bubble

Housing affordability continues to be a hot-button topic in Canada. This is especially true in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, where there are serious concerns about the number of people who are  being locked out of the housing market because of rising costs. In searching to explain Canada’s heated housing market, some commentators have fixed upon “foreign investors” as the primary culprits. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Financing a brighter future

Development on First Nations land is an important and increasingly necessary imperative. First Nations communities need massive infrastructure development but equally important are the needs to work alongside industry, attract outside investment and realize the value trapped in the lands that are governed by the Indian Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

The unknown cost of green mining

During the current global business cycle, the Canadian mining sector has been very much at the forefront of the market volatility and resultant uncertainty. More recently, an additional element of change on the socio-political front looks set to add to that uncertainty, at least in the short to medium term. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Banking on blood

The recent announcement that a private plasma donation clinic had opened in Saskatoon has reignited the controversy surrounding paid donation of blood products, with opponents invoking memories of the tainted blood scandal to argue against the practice.  ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

He said, she said

The Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial has made headlines. Media attention has focused on the rights of the accused versus the rights of the victim. A very similar contest plays out every day in family courts all over Canada. Victims allege that their spouses committed acts such as sexual assault, assault with a weapon and uttering a death threat. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Heavy duty

It is not uncommon for an executor/estate trustee to have been the power of attorney (POA) for the deceased and to be a named beneficiary of the estate. It is also not uncommon for disputes to arise between the beneficiaries of an estate after the deceased dies whereby the truth of the deceased’s wishes is somewhere behind the smoke of conflict and possible fabricated theories of the deceased’s wishes. ... [read more]