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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Norwich Orders: Getting behind the mask digital_mask_sm

Technology has both lessened and increased people’s ability to stay anonymous in society. Sometimes that anonymity has necessitated the application of old legal and equitable doctrines to new legal problems. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

Distinctiveness: What’s it all about and why you need to know Onepersondifferent.jpg

Distinctiveness is the essence and cardinal requirement of a trademark. The Trademarks Act provides that “distinctive, in relation to a trademark, describes a trademark that actually distinguishes the goods or services in association with which it is used by its owner from the goods or services of others or that is adapted so to distinguish them.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

Netflix putting out fires over Fyre festival documentary Directorsactionclapper.jpg

In 2019, Netflix found itself at the centre of pop culture with its release of the popular documentary about the Fyre Festival debacle. If you’ve been living under a rock and need a quick primer, here’s Fyre Festival in a nutshell: New York-based serial entrepreneur Billy McFarland and hip hop artist Ja Rule joined forces to launch an online music booking app. As part of the launch, they concocted a super VIP music festival that would be held on a private island in the Bahamas, specifically on an island owned by Pablo Escobar. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:54 PM

The 2019 federal election roundup Federal Election 2019

With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Two former articling students return to Deeth Williams Wall as associates

Deeth Williams Wall LLP announced that former summer and articling students Michelle Noonan and Anna Troshchynsky have returned to the firm as associates after their call to the bar in Ontario. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Complaints, appeals aimed at Standards Council of Canada | Ken Chasse

Part one of this two-part article questioned the Standards Council of Canada’s ability to perform its part in the federal government’s high priority, IP-Innovation Canada project. A number of national standards will be needed to make that critically important combination of “innovation with standardization” successful. But recently, the council was responsible for the creation of a defective, but very important national standard: Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence CAN/CGSB-72.34-2017 (72.34-2017). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:13 PM

Pharmacare in spotlight during 2019 election | Lisa Feldstein

Canada is recognized worldwide for its universal health care. We rarely have to pay when we visit a doctor or a hospital. Our system is predicated on medical need rather than ability to pay, and this model has become part of the Canadian identity. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

IP law and politics: Redemption of Nickelback from Trump ideathief

While we are in the midst of an election, it bears repeating that politicians are notorious for adopting campaign songs without appreciating that the performing artists have a say in preventing their music from being associated with political causes that they do not support.  ... [read more]