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Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 3:25 PM

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP expands team at four Canadian offices

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP promoted five lawyers to the partnership and added a new partner and two associates at the firm’s Edmonton office.  ... [read more]

Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 3:23 PM

New Stikeman hires in Toronto, Calgary

Stikeman Elliott welcomed Cindy Chung to its Toronto office as a member of the banking and finance group and associate Jennifer McBean to the Calgary office’s employment and labour group. ... [read more]

Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 12:25 PM

Curious case of xenobots part one: Patenting of living machines Creepycells

Since the 1970s when genetically engineered bacterium capable of breaking down crude oil was held to be patentable subject matter, much attention has been paid to the patenting of living inventions (Diamond v. Chakrabarty 447 U.S. 303). This topic continues to elicit passionate responses. The curious case of xenobots, which are living machines assembled from frog cells, highlights some of the challenging questions living inventions pose to the patent system. The potential of xenobots is enormous, including use as a novel vehicle for intelligent drug delivery. At the same time, xenobots raise important questions regarding the patenting of living inventions. ... [read more]

Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 11:17 AM

I thought I was a barrister but now I feel more like a solicitor | Suny S. Virk

Until the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn’t think of an event that had affected each and every of the almost eight billion people on Earth. Well that’s all changed. It’s a monumental phenomenon that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. ... [read more]

Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Court’s ruling on B.C. river puts ‘a pretty heavy obligation’ on Crown: lawyer for First Nations Maegen Giltrow, Ratcliff LLP

A B.C. judge has rejected a bid by two First Nations to change the flow of a river to help rebuild fishing stocks devastated by the construction of a dam in the 1950s but has also cautioned that his ruling does not mean that non-governmental parties can never be held liable for claims founded on Aboriginal interests. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 4:13 PM

Langlois promotes five to partner

Langlois Lawyers announced the appointment of five new partners to the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 4:11 PM

McMillan names new executive team

McMillan LLP has announced a new, diverse leadership team and a client-centred strategic plan focused on growth and equity, diversity and inclusion. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Ontario easing public health measures as of Jan. 31 Premier Doug Ford

On Jan. 20, the Ontario government announced it would “cautiously and gradually ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 10:20 AM

Questions surrounding Quebec’s proposed vax tax | Julius Grey

Quebec has attracted worldwide media attention with its proposed “vaccine tax” — a tax on those eligible citizens who choose not to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 9:35 AM

Diversity disclosure, ESG activism highlighted in proxy season preview webinar Taisha Lewis, Fasken

The importance of diversity on boards as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices intersecting with activism were highlighted by speakers at a webinar in preparation for proxy season. ... [read more]