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Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 3:11 PM

Hi-Tech: 3D printing opens up IP can of worms | Luigi Benetton

Three-dimensional printing can be used to create all sorts of physical objects, from small toys to entire houses. Whole economies may be transformed if it’s cheaper to print products near where they’re sold instead of importing from faraway lands, and the effects on society don’t end there. Three-dimensional printing is also called additive manufacturing. It shapes raw materials into the desired form without the waste caused by subtractive manufacturing, or machining, where machines cut pieces of raw material to create objects. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

Justice delayed is justice denied: The R. v. Jordan reboot | Robert Karrass

There has been a lot of dissatisfaction lately over the new 11(b) guidelines set out by the Supreme Court in R. v. Jordan with reports of criminals walking free and the justice system grinding to a halt. While it is unclear whether Jordan will realize its intended effect, it is most definitely a reboot of one of the most broken aspects of the judicial system. ... [read more]

Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:20 AM

Why routine police stops of ordinary citizens can be harmful | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

In an earlier column, we discussed routine police stops of citizens who had not apparently committed any offence.  In these stops citizens are often required to identify themselves, answer questions, and sometimes are searched.  Our conclusion, based on a report we carried out for the Toronto Police Services Board  was blunt: “When we reviewed the research on the effectiveness of police stops, we were not able to find any credible evidence of their usefulness to the police in carrying out their duties.” But that’s only half the story. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

ICBC’s anti-fraud advertising: purely educational or jury interference? | Sandra Kovacs

Earlier this year British Columbia’s public auto insurer, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, released a new “anti-fraud” TV commercial featuring an adorable ginger-haired little boy wearing his dad’s hard hat, standing at the front of his elementary school classroom, delivering his presentation on Career Day: My dad’s a carpenter. He builds houses. But he’s not working right now, because he got hurt in a car crash. So now, we go mountain biking together almost every day! And he says he’s going to make a whole bunch of money, too. And now, he’s building a tree house in our backyard!” ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Look at causes to control family law costs | Sarah Boulby

The dire state of access to justice in the family law context has attracted a great deal of attention recently and with that, calls for reform. Our courts are flooded with self-represented litigants. Some have certainly chosen to appear without counsel but many of them are simply unable to afford a lawyer. While there is discussion of how to solve the problem there has been little consideration of what has caused the problem. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Tax Views: Liability in non-arm's length transactions | Vern Krishna

As a general rule, a taxpayer is only responsible for his own taxes. However, an individual who receives property, whether directly or indirectly, in a non-arm’s length transaction, can become jointly and severally liable for the transferor’s outstanding taxes as at the date of the transfer if the transfer occurs at less than the fair market value of the property. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Judicial independence and the media | Julius Melnitzer

Is there an “unstated compact” between the judiciary and the media? Should there be? And if so, what should it be? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 3:39 PM

Hi-Tech: Printers invaluable but can be targeted by hackers | Luigi Benetton

Welcome to part two in a two-part series on the role of printers in law firms. In the first instalment, we discussed what firms want in printers. Today we’ll look at keeping printers safe from hackers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

Does Canada’s military justice system need an update? | Tim Dunne

Defence and security analyst and writer Tim Dunne disagrees with Judge Advocate General (JAG) Blaise Cathcart, who in a May 7 interview with The Lawyer’s Daily, rejected any suggestion that the military justice system needs substantial reform. ... [read more]

Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

Motion on paralegal licensing knee-jerk reaction to Bonkalo report | Joseph Griffiths

On March 6, 2017, the report of former chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, Annemarie Bonkalo, titled “Family Legal Services Review” was released. Seventeen days later, a motion was filed with the Law Society of Upper Canada by a group of lawyers wanting to amend the paralegal licensing guidelines to require future paralegal licensing candidates to possess “an undergraduate degree along with training equivalent to that provided by law schools in family law, tax and evidence.” Since both the Law Society and the Attorney General’s office are still seeking feedback from the public until May 15 in response to Justice Bonkalo’s report, the motion appears to be something of a knee-jerk and pre-emptive reaction to her recommendations, most notably a controversial recommendation that paralegals be permitted to provide specific family legal services under the terms of a “specialized license.” ... [read more]