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Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Digitization of estate industry: Contextual framework Hand holding a digital lightbulb

Part three in this estate industry digitization series delved into the five considerations for digitization readiness. This article examines the contextual framework for success. ... [read more]

Monday, February 01, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Slow burn: Cannabis sector may be ready for market consolidation Smoldering cannabis in front of Canadian flag

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed significantly during the first half of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted capital markets, but the second half of the year saw a surge in M&A activity that is expected to continue into 2021. One industry that may be particularly well primed for M&A activity in 2021 is the cannabis industry, where market consolidation is already underway. ... [read more]

Monday, February 01, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

Look before leaping: Secession of a province, part one Jet leaving formation on an angle

Brexit (2016) and Quebec (1995), similar referendums, yet different. Brexit is undoubtedly the most recognized in recent memory. The complexities stemming from the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum on the European Union have been a reoccurring news piece ever since 52 per cent of the U.K. voted to leave the EU (officially occurring in January 2020). However, it was the 1995 referendum on independence in Quebec that was the most impactful, not only in Canadian law, but the most wide reaching — even being referenced by the International Court of Justice (Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo, Advisory Opinion, [2010] ICJ Rep 403). ... [read more]

Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

The evolution of shareholder activism Shareholders standing in front of world map

The year 2020 will be remembered as a year that was rife with uncertainty. As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a historic toll on the global economy, many companies and investors alike have struggled to stop the bleeding amid mandated lockdowns, supply chain disruption and unprecedented volatility in capital markets around the world. The year also saw widespread calls for racial and social equality and a renewed focus on environmental responsibility. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 10:56 AM

Immigration: Labour market impact, Express Entry, permanent residency Cartoon of robot immigrants arriving to Canada

Do you have clients who are skilled workers seeking to immigrate to Canada, but score lower than the points they need to be eligible for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 2:44 PM

Cover letters as storytelling | Samantha Peters

A prolonged gap between graduating law school and your call to the bar does not capture life circumstances, a racist, classist and ableist licensing process nor the lack of financial support. This is why cover letters can be so powerful. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

Recipe for success: Cloud computing, Cerlox confetti, marshmallows | Andrew Monkhouse

If you think about paper in the absolute, who loves paper the most: cats, toddlers or lawyers? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 11:20 AM

Why you should care that law schools are close to flunking COVID 101 Teachher in front of virtual class

At the risk of sounding cliché, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about the practice of law and has accelerated the shift to online work dramatically. Despite the profession’s stubborn reluctance to change this year saw entire firms shifting online overnight and enormous progress in open conversations about work/life balance. The profession may not be quite as incapable of change as we may have thought last February. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Feds unveil new support program for small businesses; PM says new border measures coming soon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The federal government has created a new support program for small-business owners as they continue to navigate the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 1:59 PM

Evolving good faith principles in franchising: Part two businesspeople inside meshing gears

The 2015 decision of the Ontario Superior Court (affirmed by the Court of Appeal on the findings of franchise good faith) in Trillium Motor World Ltd. v. General Motors of Canada Limited 2015 ONSC 3824, shows that in exigent circumstances where the franchisor must make urgent and very important decisions that affect the system, the courts will attribute considerable weight to these circumstances when assessing whether the franchisor has complied with its good faith obligations. ... [read more]