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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Ending Ontario’s tow truck turf war tow_truck_sm

You see them every day on the side of the highway. Good weather or bad. To some they are angels, to others: vultures. Tow trucks provide a much needed and valuable service to keep things moving on Ontario’s highways. Unfortunately, just under the surface there is a highly competitive and sometimes violent fight under way. Most vehicles are towed by the first tow operator to arrive. While a person has the ability to choose the tow company to be used, most people are just happy to have someone arrive as soon as possible to help them. It is this desire to be first to the scene that has tow trucks stationing themselves along busy roadways, often illegally.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Copyright no plaything: Celebrity tattoos in video games Tattoo

Tattooed celebrities are abundant; from Sean Mendes’s fan-designed butterfly, to Drake’s “6 God” praying hands, to the elaborate artwork displayed on the bodies of professional athletes like basketball star LeBron James (by one account more than half of all active NBA players have tattoos) — the list goes on. Whether it’s angels or demons, expressions of faith, or names of family and friends who’ve been loved or lost, there’s no doubt a celebrity’s body art is an integral part of their personal brand, appearance and public identity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Privacy commissioner seeks court order against Facebook facebook_notifications_sm

The federal privacy commissioner has filed an application in the Federal Court to order Facebook to comply with Canada’s private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The court proceedings arise out of the joint investigation by the commissioner and the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner into the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data breach. That investigation focused on the unauthorized collection and sharing of the personal information of more than 50 million users worldwide, including over 600,000 in Canada, for the purposes of targeting political messages. ... [read more]

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 2:20 PM

Competition Bureau vision: Advocacy, transparency, active enforcement competition_bureau_sm

During my time as general counsel and senior enforcement adviser in the Legal Services department at the Competition Bureau in 2018-19, I had the good fortune to work with all levels of the bureau and have emerged with a very good understanding of how they view the law, the economics and the bureau’s public interest mandate in different contexts: mergers, anti-competitive conduct such as abuse of dominance and cartels and deceptive marketing practices. ... [read more]

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against person and reputation - Sexual assault

Appeal by the accused, AL, from convictions for uttering a threat and offences related to sexual assault. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

Humour in the practice of law: Seriously | Marcel Strigberger

Are you sometimes overstressed practising law? Is your sense of humour dormant or even worse, muzzled? Of course not, but if it is … ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 1:15 PM

Tyr LLP adds banking associate

Tyr LLP announced that Judith Manger has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

Two associates join Cox & Palmer’s St. John’s office

The St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer announced that Neala Kielley and Ryan Parsons are the firm’s newest associate lawyers. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Indigenous resistance to for-profit energy pipelines | Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. Was’teWinyan)

There are basic concepts that permeate Indigenous law among First Nations and the Indigenous peoples of North America. These concepts include the following principles: Mother Earth and human beings are in a reciprocal relationship; water is life and sacred for use in religious ceremonies; collective promises and responsibilities are to be kept and passed on from generation to generation; and there is a responsibility to steward natural resources for the next seven generations to come. These are legal principles and encapsulated in the teachings, oral histories and, in recent decades, written laws of Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere.  ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Estate freeze: Transferring business ownership to next generation dollarsign_ice_sm

Private businesses — many of which are family-owned and operated — are a key driver of the Canadian economy. Business owners invest heavily, working long hours and putting their capital at risk, to build and maintain their enterprises. Sadly, many businesses fail despite these efforts, but sometimes the results are impressive in terms of job creation, economic impact and growth in the value of the business. It’s been suggested that “estate freeze” tax planning allows wealthy business owners to escape taxation. Whether or not one agrees that wealthy Canadians should pay more taxes, the elimination of estate freeze planning will not make our tax system fairer or more efficient. ... [read more]