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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

A report card on Canada’s new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act Mining

Canada has pledged to become a leader in the international movement to promote ethical business practices and fight corruption. ESTMA is the result of a commitment made at the 2013 G8 leaders’ summit, where it was announced that action would be taken to enhance the transparency of payments to governments made by Canadian extractive companies. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Liberalization of marijuana? Not for foreign nationals trying to enter Canada Marijuana

While Canada is in the process of making the possession of marijuana more acceptable within its borders, the current form of the legislation could effectively prohibit more possessors from entering Canada. Immigration lawyers must be prepared to explain this apparent contradiction to their clients. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

IP infringement: Accounting of profits, pre-judgment interest and taxation

Unlike in many other areas of law, in intellectual property infringement cases where the award is an accounting of the defendant’s profits courts have generally granted pre-judgment interest (PJI) a) at rates that are higher than those generally prescribed by statute, and b) on a compound (not simple) basis. ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Using the Copyright Act to fight revenge porn

Cyber-bullying is a problem not limited to Canada. nbsp; It’s everywhere. According to the International Telecommunication Union, over 3 billion people now use the internet.  It’s used for everything, including destroying reputations.   ... [read more]

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

Letter of intent: It’s more than the purchase price letter_agreement_sm

Clients often come to us with a letter of intent they have received that expresses an interest in purchasing their business and ask “Can I sign this as is, after all, it’s only a non-binding letter of intent?” ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

Courts consider whether alcohol mixes with employment in imputing income

Society and the courts recognize that many factors contribute to substance abuse and addiction, and that any illness, including alcoholism, is rarely a matter of fault. However, when an individual attempts to use alcoholism to gain a monetary advantage in the courts, the refusal or failure of a party to take all reasonable steps to deal with such an illness can be viewed critically. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

See artificial intelligence as complementing your legal practice, not replacing it AI_lawyer_sm

As lawyers, there are a two things we almost universally abhor — uncertainty and change. Given this, I was as surprised as anyone to discover I have an unrelenting, borderline-obsessive interest in all things artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, I’m curious about how AI is likely to change our profession, in terms of the impact of AI technologies on our interactions with clients, as well as society as a whole.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

Court ruling in coffee-spill lawsuit brings Canada one step closer to U.S. experience Coffee spill

As a matter of public policy, judicial decisions should be made with a view to promoting the type of conduct that Canadians are entitled to expect of each other. The ruling in Dittmann v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada provides a different perspective on the notion that people take responsibility for their own negligent conduct. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: A primer

As the value of bitcoins continues to soar, there has been increased interest in whether cryptocurrencies may one day replace traditional currencies. However, regulators and the broader public remain skeptical and concerned about whether digital currencies are vulnerable to manipulations and therefore, present a risk to our financial system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Make a Will Month provides an annual checkup for lawyers and the public Estate planning

According to a 2012 survey conducted by lawyers’ insurance company LawPRO, 56 per cent of Canadian adults do not have a signed will and 71 per cent do not have a signed power of attorney. The Ontario Bar Association hopes to tackle this issue during its public outreach campaign in November. ... [read more]