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Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Employers best not stick heads in sand when told of sexual harassment, says lawyer Jeff_Hopkins_sm

Beefier legislation and the rise of #MeToo has meant a greater “duty to inquire” for Ontario employers when it comes to looking into sexual harassment allegations — no matter how informal the complaint, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Unlocking the mysteries of the ‘smart contract’ smart_contract_sm

Smart contracts are a source of intrigue and speculation among the legal profession. Counsel are well-served to understand the smart contract and position themselves to advise on whether implementation is both practicable and advantageous. In a word, smart contracts have transformational potential, but their application is not all-encompassing; there are inherent flaws and limitations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Marketing guide highlights uncertainty in cannabis promotion rules, lawyers say Denes_Rothschild_sm

A new industry guide for cannabis companies on the do’s and don’ts of marketing their products is a good primer but also speaks to lingering ambiguity on what is prohibited when it comes to basic branding and the use of social media, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Judicial council says judge was ‘ill-advised’ and violated rules by acting as Lakehead University’s interim law dean Brian Gover

In a decision expected to be challenged in Federal Court, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has decided that Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith breached his obligations to devote himself solely to his judicial duties, and to stay out of public and potential legal controversy, when he took a leave of absence formally approved by his chief justice to act pro bono as interim dean of Lakehead University’s struggling new law school. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

Access to Justice: Highs and lows of Pro Bono Week | Thomas Cromwell

The last week of October is Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic in our profession. Across Canada and around the world, thousands of legal professionals provide their services without cost for the public good. In Canada, where there is a wide and growing gap between the need for legal services and people’s ability to gain access to them, pro bono is a part of the effort necessary to fill that gap. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

CETA’s one-year immigration mobility report card performance_report_sm

It has been just over a year since the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into force between Canada and the European Union (EU), greatly increasing mobility between Canadian and EU business enterprises. After its first year of use, now is the perfect time for a performance evaluation of CETA’s mobility provisions. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

Workplace cannabis: Where there’s smoke, is there fire? | Stuart Rudner

After months, if not years, of wild speculation about the impact upon the workplace of the legalization of cannabis, we have now been through the first two weeks of the legal cannabis era, and the sky has not fallen. Many employers have proclaimed their fear that the law of accommodation means that employers would have to allow truck drivers to get the behind the wheel while impaired, or that employees will now be allowed to smoke up while on the job. The reality is that there have been very few reports of workplace issues over the last two weeks. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Clear head needed for complex cannabis licensing regs cannabis_retail_sm

Lawyers who offer legal services to clients involved in cannabis retailing will need to have a clear head when navigating a labyrinth of legislative, leasing and ownership issues relative to achieving a viable cannabis production and retail outlet. Knowledge of federal, provincial and municipal legislative restrictions and a realistic assessment of negotiating leverage requires an understanding of the legislative scheme for securing retail licences as well as local retail conditions which may determine success or failure of the retail outlet. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Privacy watchdog should get big teeth to fight cybercrime, Senate banking committee advises Senator Douglas Black

A Senate committee is recommending that Parliament give Canada’s privacy commissioner new authority to make binding orders and impose hefty fines on companies that fail to keep the private data of Canadians secure — reforms that have been opposed by the organized bar. ... [read more]