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Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

International Women’s Day: Empowering a cultural shift in law industry worklifebalance

On Women’s Day 2019, my hopes for the legal profession: that we embrace the need for an intersectional approach; that we appreciate the benefits of diversity; and we focus on those causes that unite us. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

Why employment standards legislation is a feminist issue Woman&Manoncoins.jpg

This International Women’s Day, I can’t help but feel a little disheartened as legislative changes threaten hard-won improvements for Ontario’s working women. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

Family trusts: Weighing the true value of a discretionary interest coin_stacks_sm

What is the dollar value of an interest in a discretionary family trust for equalization purposes under Ontario’s Family Law Act? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 2:18 PM

Enforcing consistent accounting practices in British Columbia Dam

In February, British Columbia auditor general Carol Bellringer published a detailed report arguing that British Columbia Hydro should reflect standard accounting methods used throughout the industry elsewhere in the United States and Canada. This is a fairly radical act since the reading of Canadian Crown corporation financial statements has often required a substantial suspension of disbelief. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

New immigration calls: Surviving the early years immigration_law_sm

The entirety of law school is focused on the finish line that is qualifying as a lawyer. At every step of the JD process, law students push themselves to secure the grades to secure the summer placement to secure the articling job to get called to the bar. After that, it is smooth sailing. The associate position awaits and becoming partner is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Or so the story goes. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Problems with measuring drug toxicity brainchemistry_sm.jpg

A drug effect is directly related to the concentration of the drug, which is the mass of the drug per volume within the tissue in which it is exerting a given effect. When speaking of impairment and driving, the tissue of concern is the brain. However, the challenge is that we cannot measure the concentration of the drug in the brain without removing portions of the tissue. A surrogate measure of drug effect typically used is the concentration of the drug in the blood. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

The SCC rules in Redwater: Losing battles but winning the war abandoned_oilrig_sm

As the energy sector faced economic hardship during the most recent downturn in Alberta, concerns mounted over who would bear the financial responsibility for the reclamation of wells and pipelines when companies with non-producing assets declare bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

New trademark act heralds dramatic change, fee increases Book&goldenkey

With June 17, 2019, quickly approaching, the new Canadian Trade-marks Act is about to dramatically change the brand protection landscape. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

The thorny issue of testamentary capacity light bulbs

The law presumes that a person who is at least eighteen years of age or falls within the above exceptions has the mental capacity to make a will. In other words, and put simply, she understands what she is doing and understands the nature and general value of her assets that are being dealt with in the will. This presumption applies even to people who are of advanced years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Family law bears brunt of access to justice burden Marriagebreakup_sm.jpg

Family law is the one area of law that affects the most number of Canadians. The reality is that roughly one-half of all marriages and common law relationships result in separation and divorce. ... [read more]