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Wednesday, July 07, 2021 @ 12:43 PM

Facilitating arbitration for intracorporate disputes: Consider the Philippines Flag of the Philippines with scales of justice

While most intracorporate disputes are arbitrable in Canadian and many other jurisdictions, generally there are no specific regimes for them. Yes, provincial arbitration statutes would apply. But certain issues particular to many intercorporate situations may prove problematic, particularly binding all potential parties and the efficient appointment of an arbitral tribunal in multiparty disputes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 06, 2021 @ 4:47 PM

Securities regulators enforcement report highlights COVID-19 response Walied Soliman, Norton Rose Fulbright

The umbrella group for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators is saying the COVID-19 pandemic led to an “unfortunate rise in wrongdoers” who tried to capitalize on economic uncertainty and prompted new ways of conducting enforcement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 06, 2021 @ 1:43 PM

Privacy commissioner reappointed after critique of Bill C-11: What’s next? Red talk balloon meaning criticism

In its May 11, 2021, Submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI), the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) delivered a severe critique of Bill C-11, the government’s proposed global revision to the current federal privacy law, arguing that in its present form the bill would represent a step back overall for privacy protection in Canada. The bill would enact the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 repealing the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and replacing it with the Consumer Privacy Protection Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 06, 2021 @ 11:10 AM

Demotion as discipline Man sliding down arrow

In the recent decision of Coquitlam Public Library v. Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 561 (L. Levesque Grievance) [2021], arbitrator Christopher Sullivan reinstated the grievor, substituting a permanent demotion in place of termination. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 06, 2021 @ 10:45 AM

Pitfalls of appeals and judicial reviews: What every litigator needs to know Lawyer about to step into a trap

The idea of embarking on a civil appeal or application for judicial review can be daunting for the unversed lawyer. Appeals and judicial review applications are very much their own creature. They involve a level of knowledge and skill ordinarily outside the experience of the average litigator. Lawyers should be cautious about taking on appeals or judicial reviews where they do not do so regularly. The perils are many — the consequences fatal. ... [read more]

Monday, July 05, 2021 @ 2:46 PM

Why I pressed reset during COVID-19 | Rachel Goldenberg

Who quits their job during a global pandemic? ... [read more]

Monday, July 05, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Quebec Appeal Court rules in favour of student workers in ‘textbook discrimination’ case: law prof Finn Makela, law professor at the Université de Sherbrooke

Students who were paid less than casual and regular workers by an aluminum smelter even though they performed equivalent work were discriminated against on the basis of social condition, held the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Monday, July 05, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

Implications of blockchain for lawyers Bitcoin eroding away

It has been demonstrated that the blockchain, and smart contracts in particular, have the capacity to drastically reduce time and costs associated with centralization. As a result, blockchain poses a threat to many institutions including banks, through the development of decentralized finance (DeFi) and peer-to-peer lending, insurance companies, through parametric insurance and certain types of bureaucracies that are responsible for creation and management of state-issued identifications such as driving licences and passports through projects such as ICON (ICX). ... [read more]

Monday, July 05, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

Emerging from pandemic: Vaccinations, quarantine and Canadian immigration Woman booking a flight online

When the Canadian government introduced new vaccine quarantine exemption rules for fully vaccinated eligible travellers, immigration lawyers and their clients were ecstatic. ... [read more]

Friday, July 02, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

How lawyers can can capitalize on smart contract revolution Bitcoin eroding away

The cumulative market cap of cryptocurrencies as an asset class grew around 300 per cent in 2020 to somewhere around $1.5 trillion, with bitcoin (BTC) leading the pack with a market cap of over $1 trillion. However, whilst it is true that BTC dictates and dominates the cryptocurrency market, it is crucial to distinguish BTC and cryptocurrencies themselves from blockchain as an underlying technology. ... [read more]