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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Flying Saskatchewan lawyer really gets around Blaine_Beaven_sm

This is a story about a lawyer who has earned his wings. The man in question is Saskatoon criminal defence lawyer Blaine Beaven. The wings belong to a 1978 Mooney M20J Beaven uses to fly to legal proceedings in some of Saskatchewan’s farthest-flung communities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Privacy watchdog should get big teeth to fight cybercrime, Senate banking committee advises Senator Douglas Black

A Senate committee is recommending that Parliament give Canada’s privacy commissioner new authority to make binding orders and impose hefty fines on companies that fail to keep the private data of Canadians secure — reforms that have been opposed by the organized bar. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

LSO approves 2019 budget, improvements to Practice Management Helpline Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved enhancements to its Practice Management Helpline to further assist lawyers and paralegals with “just in time” guidance on critical issues in their practice. “This is a success story. We want it to continue to be a success story and we want the helpline to continue to grow and innovate,” said Peter Wardle, chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, at Convocation on Oct. 25. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Privacy culture: The new corporate redesign privacy_culture_sm

The rise in privacy breaches has caused consumers to become increasingly concerned about the way in which organizations are handling their personal information. As consumers experience a paradigm shift towards the need for trust and transparency before handing over their personal information, organizations need to adjust the way they perceive compliance with privacy legislation and standards. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Judgment Day: The rise of AI in immigration robot_business_sm

Fans of The Terminator series understand “Judgment Day” as the day that the artificial intelligence Skynet becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear strike, killing three billion people in its wake. While this is the material of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automated decision making is a part of our reality and already deployed in myriad ways whether we know it or like it. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Seven practical tips for lawyers seeking board positions seven_tips_sm

Here are seven practical tips for lawyers who want to pursue a board position. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

The Coach: Law firm leadership by empowerment | Gary Mitchell

Law firm leadership is often talked about and has been for some time. Yet we still find very little progress on this front. If you’ve read my column before you will note a very practical, common sense and simple approach that I take with my clients. Keep it simple, because simple works. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Cannabis: What employers need to know Usethisone

Law firms, like many other employers across Canada, are still grappling with the potential workplace fallout from the historic legalization of cannabis for recreational use. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 8:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Quebec ruling allowing notaries to perform amicable divorces boosts access to justice, says lawyer Nicolas Plourde

A Montreal lawyer who sought to prevent Quebec notaries from performing amicable divorces, amicable legal separation or amicable separation of common law couples, failed in his legal challenge before Quebec Superior Court. In a brief ruling that some legal experts assert further promotes access to justice, Justice Peter Kalichman held the Quebec legislature clearly intended notaries to be able to handle non-contentious legal proceedings dealing with separation or divorce. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

The Cannabis Act: A gift to lawyers that will keep on giving cannabis_legalization_sm

For lawyers, the Cannabis Act has meant a substantial increase in demand for legal advice, particularly in the areas of real estate and human rights law. The Cannabis Act has left significant regulatory gaps which have been left to the provinces and municipalities for further regulation. The challenge for lawyers is to assist clients to successfully navigate through the regulatory gaps and avoid the destructive consequences of litigation at the court or tribunal levels. ... [read more]