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Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

The metaverse: Not just fun and games | Howard Winkler

The metaverse is here but it is not just fun and games. That is why lawyers need to prepare for the unique legal issues that will arise in this digital landscape. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 11:35 AM

Supreme Court of Canada’s trends disclose faster decision-making, more criminal cases in 2021 Supreme Court of Canada

More than half the cases heard by the Supreme Court of Canada last year were criminal appeals — with fewer than one-quarter of its hearings in 2021 involving private law, new court statistics disclose. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 1:26 PM

Attention library science deniers Librarian

In conversation with a library patron, I was told: “I hope perception [of your job] is changing, but I also think it’s that you’re a woman sitting behind a desk, so you’re obviously a secretary.” This was in response to a concern I shared that as a solo librarian running a “small” library I have many duties that go beyond a “regular” library job. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:45 AM

Blaney McMurtry welcomes new associate

Blaney McMurtry announced that associate Anja Perc has joined the Toronto firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 10:44 AM

LSO licensing exam date change ‘undermines’ candidates’ mental health, competitiveness, student says Ryan Shah, University of Toronto

An open letter signed by over 500 law students has been sent to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requesting the regulator “provide lawyer licensing candidates the option to write the barrister and solicitor examinations according to the original schedule the LSO provided at the outset of the licensing process.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 10:52 AM

Canada now has an open banking lead — here’s why that matters Man walking towards keyhole

Abraham Tachjian — currently the director of digital banking at PwC Canada — was named as Canada’s open banking lead on March 22, the first major step taken by the federal government in response to recommendations set out in the final report from the Advisory Committee on Open Banking released last August. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Dutton Brock LLP hires new insurance associate

Dutton Brock LLP announced the addition of a new team member, associate Spencer Wong. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 8:45 AM

Law students: Not a minimum wage unless it’s mandatory | Ocean Enbar and Jenny Zhou

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers are expected to vote on a mandatory minimum wage for April 28, 2022. This, however, is not the first time the issue is brought before Convocation for a vote. In 2018, Convocation approved a set of articling enhancements that included a mandatory minimum wage, following the Law Society of Ontario’s own thorough research and broad consultation within the profession. These enhancements were approved and set to be implemented by May 2021. Since 2018, students and employers have been anticipating and planning for the minimum wage to take effect. Now, despite Convocation’s prior approval, the enhancement’s implementation is uncertain. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 5:31 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

Tax and the budget: from carbon capture investment credits to hikes for banks

Canada’s 2022 budget contains some significant tax changes that will affect Canadian businesses. The carbon capture Investment Tax Credit first introduced in 2021 has been reintroduced; banks and insurers will see their taxes increase; and the General Anti-avoidance Rule (GAAR) will be revisited, with legislative proposals to be tabled by the end of the year. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 9:01 AM

More export bans, asset freezes, dealings prohibitions hit Russia, Belarus

Ottawa has prohibited individuals and entities in Canada from providing insurance, reinsurance and underwriting services for Russian and Belarusian aviation and aerospace products, while also imposing new prohibitions on exporting restricted goods and technology to Belarus that could benefit its military. ... [read more]