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Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Taking the pulse of disability rights in Canada People with disabilities

With the recent International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it seemed an apt time to take the temperature of Canadians with disabilities, looking at the challenges they face, policy initiatives on the ground and future opportunities for change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Decline of press freedom in information age fistholdingpencil.jpg

When two Reuters journalists were freed from Myanmar earlier this year, like many leaders and influencers around the globe, Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for press freedom. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Three easy steps to a better relationship with your smartphone Man with head in cellphone

We have become overly reliant on technology to keep us stimulated and withdrawal becomes almost like a drug addiction. While some argue that the only way to deal with this is by turning everything off, most know that this solution is a temporary fix. Instead of focusing on the rules — don’t do this or that — several of my coaching clients have benefited from focusing on the outcome. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

How lawyers can stay safe in family violence cases Woman pushing against fist

Early in my law career, the opposing party on a family law file involving family violence was representing himself. I was retained on a bare bones legal aid certificate. In my naivete and desire to save my client the cost of hiring a process server, I decided to serve her ex myself. Fortunately for me, I did so without incident. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

Environmental law 2020: Looking down the road highwaytohorizon

As the new year approaches, numerous environmental issues will continue to command the attention of litigators and legislators across Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

What to use vs. how to treat: Important distinction for patentability of health care inventions Medical man

Canada has a long-standing prohibition against granting patents for inventions that are “methods of medical treatment.” A decision of the Patent Appeal Board (PAB) issued earlier this year provides some clarity on when an invention will be considered a method of medical treatment and when it will be considered patentable subject matter. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Will carbon majors have to pay for climate damage? Earth melting to water

The climate crisis is already causing large financial losses and much more is ahead. Most of the fossil fuels that are driving this crisis have been produced and sold by 103 companies, the major fossil fuel producing companies (carbon majors). Can they be made to pay for it? ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

Future may be bright: Climate change forecast effect on businesses, adaptation strategies Businessenvironment_sm.jpg

Climate change is an issue that is increasingly on the radar of businesses, consumers and governmental agencies. The prevalence of climate change in business agendas is largely a result of the potential substantial risk that it presents, making risk mitigation and adaption strategies a priority. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:07 AM

Nice gig, if you can get the work permit gig_economy_sm

The labour market may be shifting from one characterized by stable, permanent employment to a “gig economy” where temporary or contracted employment, freelancing, contingent work and remote work is the new norm. "Work" in a gig economy includes any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration such as temporary contract work or freelance work. It can also include a side job or informal activity for pay. In the gig economy, independent workers may be paid by the “gig” rather than receive a salary or wage for their services. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

Autonomous vehicles and collection of personal data Autonomous car with data

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to reduce human error and increase driver safety. In order to do so, these vehicles must collect a driver’s personal data. But what does this mean for individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents? ... [read more]