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Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:12 PM

Cox & Palmer names seven new partners at four offices

Cox & Palmer announced that Geoff Breen (Halifax), Cindy Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Matt Dorreen (Halifax), Steve Forbes (Charlottetown), Richard Norman (Halifax), Nick Ouellette (Saint John) and Mohammad Ali Raza (Halifax) have been named partners. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 9:13 AM

Views about Drake’s 6IX trademark dispute Duellingmics_sm.jpg

If you represent Drake’s company, October’s Very Own IP Holdings (OVO), and you’re opposing registration of the trademark “6IX” by a local Toronto DJ, and you think it’ll be a slam dunk because Drake (the Raptors’ global ambassador) has been synonymous with the 6IX since the 2014 announcement of his original album title Views from the 6 — think again! ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Couples join less in holy matrimony and more in heavenly ignorance Bride&Groom_sm.jpg

The 2019 Metro Convention Centre Canada’s Bridal Show had an unexpected visitor; namely, the family law firm of Gelman and Associates. They registered a booth, sat down in pairs and watched happy couples walk by and stare at them in bewilderment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Cannabis legalization ignores First Nations | Pamela Palmater

For decades, federal and provincial governments, through their local, regional and national police agencies and court systems, have arrested, charged and imprisoned thousands of First Nations people for engaging in the cannabis trade. Many had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated commitment to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and his desire to legalize cannabis would help address many issues, one of which being the crisis-level over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

Oppression Remedy: The two-step BCE Test explained unfair_fight_sm

The oppression remedy is easy to claim. A claimant must only meet the low bar of unfairness. As it appears to arise from any unwelcome conduct, and the breadth of the statutory language makes it easy to apply to a broad range of conduct, it can be appended to any corporate misconduct claim. It is typically used in actions involving closely held corporations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 9:02 AM

New immigration options flowing from CPTPP immigration_approved_sm

On Dec. 30, 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) came into force, opening new avenues for immigration for citizens of member countries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

Ontario securities consultation to look at outdated rules, streamlined disclosure Nadia_Campion

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is turning to the public to find ways to reduce regulatory burdens and ensure the province becomes a more competitive place to do business, and experts are saying it is an important step in addressing the challenges of 21st century financial markets. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 2:14 PM

Seven lawyers named partners at Foglers

Fogler, Rubinoff LLP announced that the following seven lawyers have joined the firm’s partnership: Kathryn Balter, Monica Bianchini, Amanda Carew, Yadira Flores, Samantha Green, Sabrina Nardone and Jared Schwartz. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

The end of big iron factory exterior

The levelized cost of energy for wind and solar has now dropped below that of hydro. Data on U.S. state electricity generation no longer shows the percentage generated by hydro predicts lower ratepayer prices. It was not so long ago when wind and solar were expensive means of generating electricity. How did this change so quickly? The answer is wind and solar have an inherent industrial advantage over hydropower. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Takeaway in burger wars: Bullies lose more often than you might think bigguysteppingonlittleguy

There is a lot of brouhaha in the global media this month about the defeat of McDonald’s Big Mac trademark in the European Union (EU) by an Irish fast food chain called Supermac’s. The story is being bandied around as a classic “David and Goliath” fight where the little guy has won and beaten the odds. In reality, the story behind it is a bit more complex. Nevertheless, the real takeaway here is the fact that aggressive trademark owners like McDonald’s often lose to smaller rivals because, just like Goliath, they don’t recognize their own weaknesses. ... [read more]