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Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 11:41 AM

New federal privacy bill outlines rules for personal data use, AI in private sector Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne

Ottawa has unveiled long-awaited rules for the use of Canadians’ personal data by the private sector, which includes the power to request information be destroyed, hefty fines for non-compliance and new provisions governing the use of artificial intelligence. The Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022, also known as Bill C-27, would advance the implementation of Canada’s digital charter by replacing the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) with a new Consumer Privacy Protection Act. It follows up on the original Digital Charter Implementation Act, which was introduced in 2020 but later died on the order paper when the 2021 federal election was called. ... [read more]

Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 8:14 AM

I did it my way | Murray Gottheil

Some lawyers are killing it marketing their practice through social media. Some are not. When it comes to marketing, there are different strokes for different folks. This is important for young lawyers to know, because they sometimes look at what the partners are doing to generate business and cannot see themselves doing those things. They do not understand that there is more than one way to win a client. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 4:42 PM

Chief Justice Wagner stresses innovation, judicial education as priorities for 2022 Chief Justice Richard Wagner at June 2022 press conference.

On June 16, Richard Wagner, chief justice of Canada, spoke about the importance of judicial independence and the dangers of misinformation. In his fifth annual press conference, updating Canadians on the work of the Supreme Court, the chief justice fielded many questions comparing Canada’s judicial system to that in the U.S., the need for security in light of world events and the leaked opinion on Roe v. Wade. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 11:10 AM

Justice denied | Barry W. Bussey

Philosopher Thomas Sowell once quipped, “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats, procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 9:26 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

LSO treasurer role passes from woman to woman for first time as board elects Horvat (L-R) Jacqueline Horvat and Teresa Donnelly

On June 15, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers elected Jacqueline Horvat as treasurer for the 2022-23 term. “For the first time in 225 years, the role of treasurer will pass from a woman to a woman. Congratulations to treasurer-elect Jacqueline Horvat,” said current treasurer Teresa Donnelly in a Twitter post. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 9:02 AM

Mitigation: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? | Stuart Rudner

It is a fundamental tenet of our legal system that an individual who has been wronged cannot simply sit back and seek compensation; rather, there is an expectation that they will make reasonable efforts to limit the impact of the wrongful act. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 8:59 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal dashes employer hopes on enforcement of faulty termination provisions

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has dashed the hopes of management-side employment lawyers looking for some wiggle room in the enforcement of faulty termination provisions, ruling that an employee’s sophistication and access to legal advice are irrelevant to the interpretation of such clauses. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 8:56 AM

B.C. ruling provides certainty on limitation periods in employment standards cases, lawyer says Justin Wong, Roper Greyell LLP

British Columbia’s top court has clarified the test for limitation periods in a provincial employment standards determination, with a lawyer saying the decision makes dealing with such determinations consistent with the approach taken to findings by other provincial tribunals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 3:39 PM

Feds release paper on new mineral strategy, call for comment

The federal government has released Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy: Discussion Paper and has issued a call for expressions of interest. The paper builds on the government’s nearly $3.8-billion commitment to critical minerals in Budget 2022. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 1:20 PM

Cybersecurity bill features offences, gags, AMPs and broad ‘compliance orders’ for businesses Marco Mendicino

Ottawa has introduced sweeping cybersecurity legislation with novel features aimed at defending critical infrastructure in the federally regulated sectors of finance, telecommunications, energy and transportation from the rising tide of electronic espionage, ransomware and other “malicious cyber activity.” ... [read more]