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Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Nova Scotia OKs electronic record keeping, corporate practices digital_records_sm

We are living in a time where there is great potential to improve business practices through the effective implementation of technology. Upcoming amendments to the Nova Scotia Companies Act, RS c 81, s 1., Co-operative Associations Act RS c 98, s 1, and Corporations Registrations Act RS c 101, s 1, will permit the electronic storage of books and records for both companies and co-operatives. A number of other key updates include facilitating director business by way of electronic meetings for co-operatives and authorizing the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies (Registrar) to issue electronic certificates. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Interveners in SCC Uber appeal offer minimal intervention solutions | Barry Leon

On Nov. 6 when the Supreme Court of Canada hears the appeal in Uber v. Heller 2019 ONCA 1, some 18 interveners will be on hand to assist the court. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

In-house legal at pivot point of innovation leading_innovation_sm

A recent Altman Weil study found that the number one reason firms weren’t doing more to change the way the way they deliver legal services is because clients weren’t asking. Yes, a law firm not proactively improving client services has poor business strategy; but that is pretty rare. The problem of how to improve the delivery of legal services is more complicated than that. What incentives are clients giving for law firms to improve? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Overview of employee leave entitlements across Canada B&Wcrowds.jpg

This article is the fourth in a series in which we provide a general understanding of the laws and regulations that impact employment and labour in Canada. While every effort has been made to cover developments up to the date of publication, the current status of any legislation should be verified by counsel. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Transactional common interest privilege: Not over till it’s over gears_transaction_sm

The chatter on Toronto’s Bay Street is that transactional common interest privilege is settled law in Canada and that its recent near-death experience was put to bed by the Federal Court of Appeal in Iggillis Holdings Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue) 2018 FCA 51. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the decision accepts that transactional common interest privilege is a recognized privilege in some jurisdictions, it fails to address a number of important issues identified by the Federal Court that call into question its very existence. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

The opioid crisis: High cost to pay Hand pouring out pills

In 2018, B.C. had 1,546 opioid-related deaths, followed by Ontario at 1,473 and Alberta at 833. The numbers average one Canadian opioid-related death every two hours. It’s an epidemic that has received widespread media attention in North America in recent months as a result of the lawsuits that have ensued. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Norwich Orders: Getting behind the mask digital_mask_sm

Technology has both lessened and increased people’s ability to stay anonymous in society. Sometimes that anonymity has necessitated the application of old legal and equitable doctrines to new legal problems. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Jonathan Batty named Toronto’s new Integrity Commissioner

Toronto city council has appointed Jonathan Batty as Toronto's Integrity Commissioner, effective Nov. 30. Batty takes over the position from Valerie Jepson, who held the role since June 2014.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Selling tech solutions to key law firm decision makers selling_techsolutions_sm

My presentation was polished and my talking points were front and centre in my mind. I had a new technology solution, a great team behind me and a passion for the legal industry that stemmed from my experience as a former corporate lawyer. I had my pen in-hand ready for the firm to sign up for our service. This was my first meeting with the firm and it went great! ... [read more]