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Wednesday, June 07, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Are we meeting our obligations? | John-Paul Boyd

Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark treaty obliging states parties to affirm and observe the fundamental human rights possessed by all children, on Dec. 13, 1991. Among the convention’s 45 substantive clauses is article 12, which requires that children “be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 8:27 AM

Canada’s chance to shape tone, topics of new NAFTA talks | Dan Ujczo Flag cogs

While Donald Trump's administration has established the preliminary timing and tempo of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization, it will be the cross-border business and stakeholder communities that set the tenor and tone, as well as the targets and topics for NAFTA Next. ... [read more]

Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

Branding, skillful mergers the keys to Big Law success | Julius Melnitzer

It used to be that beyond name recognition – logos and the like – branding served only a limited purpose for law firms who sold services based for the most part on the individual expertise of their lawyers or their practice groups. But as personal contact declined in a globalized, connected and online world, the elements that create and maintain relationships, personal or otherwise, have changed. As face time decreases and alternate modes of projection and communication emerge, of necessity a void is created. Branding is what fills that gap. It does so by establishing a framework within which today’s varied and frequently remote business connections – relationships if you will – can emerge and fortify. That’s why watching the Acritas Canada Law Firm Brand Index over the six-year life of the Index is so enlightening about the domestic legal market. ... [read more]

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]