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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

High-profile organizations could be in cross-hairs of OPC bulldog_watchdog_sm

As we previously noted, the OPC has increased its call for legislative reform in light of Facebook’s failure to implement the OPC’s recommendations. The OPC also launched a consultation on transborder dataflows after asserting a change of position in respect of transfers for processing in its Report of Findings into Equifax’s privacy practices. However, as we discuss below, as of the filing of this article the ground has shifted again with the announcement of a federal “Digital Charter” and the withdrawal or postponement of the OPC’s consultation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Blockchain and smart contracts: Hype or opportunity? blockchain_conracts_sm

With all the current volatility in cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to dismiss them as a passing fad. However, the technology used does have some long-term utility and will likely change many aspects of modern commerce and potentially the practice of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Law around service animals Service Dog

The recent increase in media reports regarding requests by individuals to access their service animals, or “therapy pets” or “compassion pets” in the course of their employment and in accessing services has caused various organizations to consider their responsibility to accommodate staff and clients who require the use of a guide dog or service animal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

A two-stage process for choosing a brand name Branding irons

It is a challenging process to pick a good brand name, but a brand name is frequently of vital importance to the success of the underlying business. The brand must deliver the image consumers associate with it and the values it symbolizes. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 12:33 PM

Dentists are doctors, too Dentist

Unfortunately for dentists, the profession was under fire yet again in the recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision, Moussi (Litigation guardian of) v. TD Home and Auto Insurance Co. 2019 ABQB 242. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 10:37 AM

Non-resident executors: From ancillary grants to foreign trusts foreign_cash_sm

In our last article in this series, we talked about some of the tax and non-tax-related considerations that may arise when an estate has foreign executors or other legal representatives. Here are the remaining considerations. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 11:24 AM

More ways to increase housing supply many_doors_sm

On May 2, 2019, Steve Clark, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, after six months of intensive discussions with all stakeholders (2,000 submissions, in fact, of which 85 per cent were from the public), came up with a comprehensive revamp to Ontario’s housing policy to create more housing and more affordable housing. In my previous article I listed four of the 12 proposals that came out of the May 2 announcement. Here are the other eight. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

Reminder to fulfil substantive equality promise of s. 15 of Charter Guilty

On April 4, 2019, the Court of Appeal for Ontario found that the provisions of the federal and Ontario’s provincial sex offender registries violate the s. 15 equality Charter rights of individuals who have been found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder (NCRMD) of certain sexual offences (G. v. Ontario (Attorney General) 2019 ONCA 264). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Wrongful dismissal: How to reduce employer’s legal risk Firingsomebodylinedrawing.jpg

What is a wrongful dismissal? If an employer terminates an employee and does not provide adequate notice of termination then there is a wrongful dismissal. Almost all employers provide no notice of termination and instead provide the employee with termination pay and these terminations are wrongful. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Habeas corpus and immigration detention: Now a real option immigration_jail_sm

Almost six months after the Supreme Court heard the case of Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Chhina 2019 SCC 29, the judgment of the court was rendered on May 10, 2019. ... [read more]