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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 8:35 AM

Gone phishing: panel discusses perils of remote work, surveillance risks to lawyers, clients Kevin Lo, Froese Forensic Partners Ltd.

In a panel discussion highlighting the shift to remote work, speakers emphasized the need for lawyers to turn their minds to privacy and security issues when working from home, noting that technology adopted during the pandemic can have surveillance impacts that can not only affect a lawyer’s practice, but their clients as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 2:17 PM

Data privacy invasions in femtech: A threat to long-term women’s health care? All eyes on woman

The female health technology (femtech) industry is an essential driver of change for women’s health. Born from the premise that women should be afforded agency and autonomy over their bodies and health decisions, femtech strives to empower and support women along their health-care journey. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 11:41 AM

Group launches Employment Lawyers Association of Ontario

The Employment Lawyers Association of Ontario (ELAO) is one of Ontario’s newest organizations for lawyers, and it is growing very quickly, according to a press release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 9:32 AM

JUDICIAL REVIEW AND STATUTORY APPEAL - Bars - Moot or academic issues

Appeal by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) from the dismissal of its application for judicial review. The ATA filed a teacher workload policy grievance under a collective agreement against the Buffalo Trail Schools Division, but the majority of the arbitration board held that it did not have jurisdiction because the dispute did not originate under the collective agreement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 9:28 AM

Quebec academic freedom bill draws fire from educators, university teachers group Robert Leckey

A controversial bill aimed at legislatively protecting academic freedom at Quebec universities has drawn the ire of the academic community for infringing on institutional autonomy and imposing an unnecessary administrative burden on universities. Described by critics as a superfluous, poorly conceived and vaguely drafted legislation, Bill 32 has been castigated as a thinly veiled disguise by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) provincial government to weigh in on culture war issues to animate its base in an election year, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 3:15 PM

Minden Gross promotes one to partner, adds associate

Minden Gross LLP announced that Reshma Kishnani has joined the firm as a partner in its employment and labour and wills and estates groups. In addition, Estee Nemetz has joined the firm as an associate in its commercial real estate group. ... [read more]

Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 3:14 PM

McLennan Ross adds lawyer to Edmonton office

McLennan Ross welcomed James McTague to the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 2:48 PM

Potential risk of full indemnity costs awards for Internet defamation Smartphone on fire

As social media continues to play a bigger role in our daily lives, there is a growing danger that its misuse can have devastating impacts on innocent people who become targets of vile and defamatory comments often posted over the Internet anonymously. Reputations can be ruined by false, unflattering comments and employment opportunities can be lost if the comments can be easily searched by prospective employers through Google or other Internet search engines. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 12:37 PM

What employers need to know about Ontario’s Working for Workers Act 2022 Remote Camera

The Working for Workers Act, 2022 provides for several amendments employers should note. These amendments may lead some employers to reconsider certain arrangements. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 9:12 AM

Preferability of class proceeding: All statutory factors must be weighed Scales of justice

In Lewis v. WestJet Airlines Ltd., 2022 BCCA 145, the plaintiff successfully appealed the certification judge’s refusal to certify her class action on the basis that it was not the preferable procedure. The B.C. Court of Appeal held that the certification judge had erred in failing to weigh each factor under s. 4(2) of the Class Proceedings Act, and in her analysis of access to justice concerns. ... [read more]