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Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 2:54 PM

A law girl’s bump in the road Pregnant woman

I was so tired. I had made a ridiculous number of trips to the washroom. And I was late. Back in my hotel room, I flung off my gloves and coat on a chair and bolted for the bathroom, locking the door behind me. I laid out my purchase on the vanity and tried to read the instructions. Before I was finished, a pink line had already appeared in the window. I was pregnant. Sure, I had time to finish law school and even the bar exam, but then what? ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Wellness: Treatment of Le Dain, Gascon show how far we’ve come | Darryl Singer

Last year at this time I was humbled to be part of a wellness panel at an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Advocates’ Society. Also on the panel was the daughter of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gerald Le Dain. She spoke eloquently of her father’s lifelong battle with depression and the fact that his mental illness forced Le Dain prematurely from the bench in 1988 (he had only been appointed in 1984). ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

The business of cannabis: Key compliance for boards cannabis_warning_sm

The cannabis sector is emerging with extreme rapidity and sky-high valuations. Cannabis companies are being acquired at extremely early stages of their development, before they have gone through a typical business development cycle, and investors are racing to jump in. This creates a unique compliance environment for both counsel and boards to keep in mind. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Don’t assume you'll be admitted to U.S. as a Business Visitor business_travel_U.S._sm

There are a few nearly universal requirements for someone to be admitted to the U.S. as a visitor. He must have a foreign residence to which he plans to return. He also cannot be paid for his U.S. activities from a U.S. source; this would compel foreign employees of a U.S. company to obtain work permits for simple meetings in the U.S. As described below, however, simply being paid from Canada will not guarantee B-1 status if the traveler wishes to enter for activities that disqualify him. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Technology decisions just ‘tip of the iceberg’ in innovation: panel Friedrich_Blase_Mark_Le_Blanc_Joe_Milstone_Martine_Boucher_sm

Innovation, whether through technology or process changes, requires an “initial leap” and the possibility of failure, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference said, encouraging in-house counsel to find allies within their organization to help them make a change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

High-profile organizations could be in cross-hairs of OPC bulldog_watchdog_sm

As we previously noted, the OPC has increased its call for legislative reform in light of Facebook’s failure to implement the OPC’s recommendations. The OPC also launched a consultation on transborder dataflows after asserting a change of position in respect of transfers for processing in its Report of Findings into Equifax’s privacy practices. However, as we discuss below, as of the filing of this article the ground has shifted again with the announcement of a federal “Digital Charter” and the withdrawal or postponement of the OPC’s consultation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Blockchain and smart contracts: Hype or opportunity? blockchain_conracts_sm

With all the current volatility in cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to dismiss them as a passing fad. However, the technology used does have some long-term utility and will likely change many aspects of modern commerce and potentially the practice of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Law around service animals Service Dog

The recent increase in media reports regarding requests by individuals to access their service animals, or “therapy pets” or “compassion pets” in the course of their employment and in accessing services has caused various organizations to consider their responsibility to accommodate staff and clients who require the use of a guide dog or service animal. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 3:11 PM

Quebec consumer law does not apply to sale of prescription drugs, Appeal Court rules Marianne Ignacz

In a resounding victory for the pharmaceutical industry, the Quebec Court of Appeal held that the province’s consumer protection law does not apply to the sale of prescription drugs, jettisoning a legal avenue a growing number of class action plaintiffs were using to sue the industry. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 10:37 AM

Non-resident executors: From ancillary grants to foreign trusts foreign_cash_sm

In our last article in this series, we talked about some of the tax and non-tax-related considerations that may arise when an estate has foreign executors or other legal representatives. Here are the remaining considerations. ... [read more]