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Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Hi-Tech: Doing the business math of GDPR compliance | Luigi Benetton

Privacy legislation isn’t new. But thanks to headlines outing corporations that leak customer information and, more recently, the usage of Facebook data to sway political events, interest in privacy has spiked. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Get over your fear of giving references | Stuart Rudner

I admit, it has become a pet peeve of mine: employers want references to help them select the best candidates, but many of them refuse to provide references. And they do so out of a fear of liability that is completely irrational and unfounded. If I have said it once, I have said it 100 times: there is no good reason to have an absolute policy against providing references. To the contrary, it will usually be in an organization’s best interests to help a former employee find a job. ... [read more]

Monday, May 07, 2018 @ 8:29 AM

Courts taking consumers out of consumer protection | Julius Melnitzer

Two recent decisions from B.C. and Ontario have seen consumers getting the wrong end of the stick from the courts. ... [read more]

Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 8:30 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Removing law society’s ‘good character’ requirement a step too far | Sam Goldstein

Inclusion is the latest rage in politics today and the Benchers who run the Law Society of Ontario are not immune to its fetishism. The Society has been on a tear removing what it perceives as barriers to the profession to include more 'racialized' members of society, such as its controversial decision to change its 321-year-old name by dropping Upper Canada and replacing it with Ontario. In that spirit of inclusion, a group of lawyers are circulating a petition asking the Society to remove yet another perceived barrier they say is preventing Aboriginal Canadians from becoming lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Legal responses miss the mark on human trafficking, exploitation | Karen Campbell

Since the adoption of the Palermo Protocol (2000), Canada has included trafficking as an offense in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code and has invested millions in its National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking. Despite significant investments and public attention, laws and policies to address trafficking have missed the mark on what trafficking is and why it’s a problem and, in many cases, have made women less safe. ... [read more]

Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

‘Facing Resistance’ event highlights access to justice barriers | Kimia Fleming

When people think about past injustices, they tend to reflect upon laws that were challenged, resistance to altering the status quo and those who stood up to make changes happen. However, perhaps a more pertinent question is what more can be done? ... [read more]

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

Tax Views: Taxation of cryptocurrency transactions | Vern Krishna

As with cannabis and cigarettes, trading in cryptocurrencies tends to be in the shadows, which has its own reporting temptations for taxpayers. However, as we approach the tax filing deadlines for 2018, taxpayers need to assemble their records in respect of their investments in cryptocurrencies. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Don’t get too excited about the latest Canadian law firm rankings | Julius Melnitzer

With a passing glance at Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Brand Index 2018, many Canadian firms who have resisted the impulse to merge with global giants might just be patting themselves on the back. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Reducing police shootings and the lessons of Const. Ken Lam | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Police shootings are perhaps more associated with the United States than with Canada. But on April 23, the police shooting story was about the Toronto police officer who did not shoot the suspect charged with multiple murders and attempted murders on Yonge Street in Toronto. ... [read more]

Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:59 AM

Stay calm and carry on the message in R. v. Comeau | Richard Pound

Okay, everyone, take a Valium. For the Chicken Littles among us — relax. The sky is not falling on the regulation of interprovincial trade. Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 is not dead. Its important role has simply been brought into slightly sharper focus. By the same token, the provinces have not been turned loose to completely frustrate the free movement of goods in the context of interprovincial trade. ... [read more]