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Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

‘What do you mean I can’t get transcripts?’ cassette

Imagine you have just completed a 14-day trial by Zoom on behalf of your client. You did a bang-up job of presenting your case and an even better job of exposing the flaws in opposing counsel’s evidence. Nonetheless, the judge ruled against you. Never mind, that’s what appeals are for. Right? ... [read more]

Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

COVID-19 and its effects on jurisdictional authorities online_health_sm

To say that this global pandemic has changed things just might be the understatement of the year. From decimating industries to complicating others and creating brand new opportunities, it is clear that the present context has changed the outlook of business for years to come — be it for better or worse. ... [read more]

Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 1:32 PM

Serving up notice: Reasonable notice periods during COVID-19 Businessman

Masks, sanitizer, distancing, bubbles, Zoom, working from home: COVID-19 has fundamentally altered workplaces across the country, as well as the security of the jobs that fill those workplaces. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 4:21 PM

Common law anti-deprivation rule has not been extinguished in Canada: Supreme Court Malcolm Rowe

The Supreme Court has upheld an Alberta Court of Appeal decision on the enforcement of a bankruptcy clause in a commercial contract, finding a common law anti-deprivation rule still exists in Canada which renders void any contractual provisions that removes value due to creditors in the case of an insolvency. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 1:57 PM

KPMG in Canada appoints new general counsel

KPMG in Canada announced the appointment of Rebecca Burrows as general counsel, effective Oct. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

The importance of due diligence in the e-gaming sector game_over_sm

Due to the dynamic nature of the electronic gaming industry, there are many serious specific concerns that an acquirer should be aware of when considering an acquisition. The following are specific potential issues that must be considered during the due diligence review. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to justice amid COVID-19 Businessmantiedup

The justice system is similar to having only one place in your city that serves food, and it happens to be an expensive, exclusive restaurant. If your rights are at stake (read: steak, if you like puns) that is, you need to eat — your only option is this one restaurant with a cost-prohibitive menu of legal options. You can’t eat (or enforce your rights), if you can’t afford to pay. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Environmental, social ratings and the lawyer’s role in advising corporations environmental_profits_sm

As millennials continue to enter the workforce, pay off debt, and gain disposable income, there is a potential likelihood that first-time investors will be looking to invest in companies and index funds that are aligned with their values of social responsibility. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

A personal reflection on Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Beverley McLachlin

It is autumn. I am in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa. The leaves are red and gold, and the views spectacular. The occasion is lunch in a country restaurant called Les Fougères. Across the table sits John Roberts, chief justice of the United States. To my left is a small woman with dark, pulled-back hair and an intense gaze — Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Why COVID-19 is occupational hazard in its own right Money&Covid

During uncertain times, people gravitate even more to receiving succinct and helpful information. There is a plethora of information and misinformation about COVID-19 and its place in the hierarchy of occupational hazards in the workplace. To avoid being misled, go right to the primary sources — the acts or statutes — and trusted secondary sources — interpretation guidelines by the regulatory bodies. ... [read more]