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Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

How Global Talent Stream targets world’s best tech workers | Colin Singer

Rewind to 2016 and Canada’s technology industry was struggling to hire the best skilled workers to help startup businesses grow. Then along came the Global Talent Stream (GTS). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

The future of free trade: Labour market mobility in uncertain times global_employment_sm

Free trade agreements open markets by reducing trade barriers and creating predictable and transparent conditions for businesses to operate. Many free trade agreements provide for reciprocal labour mobility between members, skilled workers, professionals and intra-company transferees. Business persons can provide their services without going through the process of labour market testing. This facilitates cross border mobility and provides access to labour market skills and service from around the world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

We can do more about discrimination than name-blind hiring | Kimia Fleming

When the news broke that a Toronto law firm would be participating in name-blind hiring, I should have been more thrilled than I was. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Employers must be ‘cognizant’ of additional liabilities in wrongful dismissal, says lawyer James_LeMesurier_sm

Damages for wrongful dismissal are not limited to what an employer must pay a fired worker for reasonable notice or the remainder of a contract, says counsel for a woman awarded compensation after being dinged with New Brunswick taxes on a payout from a lost job in low-tax Nunavut. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Arbitration: When questions of law should be referred to the courts court_question_sm

Subsection 8(2) of the Ontario Arbitration Act, 1991 permits the arbitrator and the parties to refer a question of law to the courts. While there is no case law on this provision and how and when it is to be exercised, general parameters that can be placed around this provision that are worthy of discussion. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

The pan-Canadian framework on climate change: Ontario v. Ottawa environment_canada_sm

The federal government created an eloquent solution to the problem of carbon emissions and climate change. Their backstop Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GHG) allows the provinces to create a number of homegrown solutions in order to deal with emissions within their own jurisdictions. The Ontario government appears to be in the enviable position of avoiding the political cost of pricing carbon and can throw the entire responsibility on the federal government. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

Lawyers need balance as well as good business skills worklifebalance_sm.jpg

Running a law firm is actually running a business. Lawyers are good at, well, lawyering. Many are not good business people. Where do you learn how to pay attention to your expenses, accounts receivable, your Work-in-Progress (WIP), and your client default rate? It is not taught in law school, so unless you are fortunate enough to have a savvy lawyer who is your mentor, or a really sharp managing lawyer, your law firm may experience some unwanted turbulence. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

The pan-Canadian framework: Carbon cap and trade carbon_capandtrade_sm

As previously discussed, Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act) contains two mechanisms for pricing carbon. The first involves straight taxation. The second mechanism uses cap and trade. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

International Association of Defense Counsel pushes for class action reform in Ontario Gordon McKee sm

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has thrown its hat into the ring for class action reform in Ontario after the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released a call for consultation in its review of the Class Proceedings Act. The LCO’s review, which was launched in October 2017, is the first independent, evidence-based evaluation of the Act since it was enacted in 1993. When the law commission’s call for consultation went out in March 2018, the IADC sent in a list of recommendations in support of reform. ... [read more]

Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Decision a cautionary tale for unregistered securities dealers securities_dealer_sm

The decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Caldwell v. Baglione 2018 ONSC 3208, released on June 7, 2018, confirms that the consequences for those who engage in the business of the distributing securities without holding registration as a dealer or providing investors with a prospectus can be many and varied. ... [read more]