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Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

CETA is coming, and here’s what it means to importers

It is expected that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (Canada-EU CETA) will come into provisional effect soon — the exact date is not yet known. The Canada-EU CETA covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade. Most Canadian customs duty rates will reduce to “free” or zero per cent at the time of provisional implementation. Canadian importers should start to consider what goods may enter Canada duty free when the CETA green light is turned on. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

Corporate veil shouldn’t prevent moral responsibility | Julius Melnitzer

Instead of rambling on about globalization and its impact on jurisprudence, it’s time for courts to get real about our archaic notions of corporate liability and take the hard measures to ensure that their ramblings benefit everyone — not just big business. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

Lawyers seek answers to burning questions over new cannabis law Sean Robichaud

When Ottawa unveils its framework legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use, lawyers will be looking at what the proposed federal laws have to say about cannabis pricing, marketing, distribution and allowable products — but also at the criminal and regulatory jeopardy the government proposes for sellers and users who transgress the new rules. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

Grammond honoured for legal writing

The University of Ottawa’s Sébastien Grammond has won the 2016 David Walter Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 9:07 AM

Being a director in the age of disruption

Increasing technological disruption, shareholder demands and industry regulation are facts of life for the contemporary board of directors. In this ever-evolving environment, the pressure to perform and to be seen to perform is greater than ever before. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 7:27 PM

Prosecutors also need mandatory training on sexual assault, says senior Crown Ursula Hendel

Prosecutors are not adequately trained in the law and social context of sexual assaults, especially sexual assault trauma, says a senior Crown whose views about the crime changed after she experienced a traumatic incident as a student. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Lenczner Slaght hires counsel, associate

Patrick Wright has joined Lenczner Slaght as counsel, while Jonathan Chen is the litigation firm’s newest associate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

Stam launches virtual counsel firm SpringLaw

Lisa Stam has launched a new firm, SpringLaw, trusted virtual counsel wherever your workplace. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 8:20 AM

The problem with a 'right to disconnect' law

France greeted 2017 by ushering in a new law that could see workplace e-mails banned after the office shuts down for the day. Under the requirements of what is commonly called the right to disconnect, companies with more than 50 employees must create a charter of good conduct that spells out when staff should and should not respond to e-mails. The intent of France’s law is to bring more life back to the work/life balance in a digital age. It may be a legislative approach that catches on. At the very least, it may send organizations scrambling to review their employment practices. ... [read more]

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 4:42 PM

Crowns, defence counsel warn bail proposal would create huge trial delays Rick Woodburn

Proposed Criminal Code reforms that prosecutors and defence counsel warn will “exponentially” add to court delays by turning bail hearings into lengthy “mini-trials” are expected to be scotched by the majority Liberals — despite so far garnering significant cross-party support in both houses of Parliament. ... [read more]