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Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

The Charter, freedom and a drugstore | Brian Bird and Derek Ross

Last Friday, April 17, was the 38th birthday of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter’s adoption in 1982 was a transformative moment for Canada. In that regard, another important anniversary occurs Friday April 24 — the 35th birthday of R v. Big M Drug Mart Ltd. [1985] 1 S.C.R. 295 the first decision of the court to interpret one of the Charter’s “fundamental freedoms.” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Looking for work in era of COVID-19 Handsonlaps

To say that these are uncertain and difficult times is a massive understatement. Half of humanity is in some sort of isolation, the global economy has grinded to a halt practically overnight and businesses of all shapes and sizes have immediately felt the effects. The legal industry is unfortunately no exception. Like any other business, the practice of law is not immune from the dire consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving in its wake. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 2:13 PM

COVID-19 moves Olympics to 2021 but they’re still called Tokyo 2020 Tokyo

On 24 March 2020, the International Olympic Committee announced that the Games of the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo would be postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a first-of-its-kind postponement — the Games were cancelled during world wars in 1916, 1940 and 1944, but have never been postponed.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

In search of information: E-discovery and cybersecurity litigation Laptop with magnifying glass

In recent years, electronic discovery, or e-discovery, has grown in its application in the insurance litigation field. This article discusses e-discovery matters within insurance litigation, particularly within the cyber insurance industry, and highlights various benefits and challenges to this ever-growing field. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

Advice on winning first virtual appeal: Exceptional electronic documents BWvideoconference

Hand-in-hand with the significance of writing persuasive facta, preparing and filing exceptional electronic documents is key to effective e-hearing advocacy. As many among us, both bench and bar, work through the transition to a more virtual delivery of justice there will no doubt be learning curves on all sides. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 9:01 AM

Technology and the courts: Now or never | Neil Wilson

The COVID-19 pandemic has ground justice to a halt together with the rest of society. The only way to keep going will be to finally embrace what the justice system has resisted for so long: the use of technology. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” — or, in our case, necessity may be the mother of finally applying long-available inventions to the trade of lawyering. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Welcoming e-advocacy: Advice on winning your first virtual appeal V&Wvideoconference

The world of advocacy is changing. With the advent of social distancing how we deliver legal services, and especially how we assist clients navigating the justice system in our courts, has changed abruptly and significantly. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 8:50 AM

Hydroxychloroquine and the Hippocratic oath hcqs_capsule_sm

The quote is so popular that most people have heard it: primium non nocere, or “first, do no harm.” This abstentionist principle, more often referred to as the Hippocratic Oath, has almost entirely encapsulated the essence of medical ethics since its first formulation in 410 BC. Today, its wisdom resonates as much in medical research ethics committees as in Quebec’s Code of Ethics of Physicians, where ss. 47 and 48 directly draw this age-old principle into substantive law: ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 5:30 AM

TRADE-MARKS - Passing off and unfair competition - Falsehoods

Appeal by the Energizer appellants from the summary judgment dismissing aspects of their claim. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

You can’t be blue anymore: Blame colour monopolies Viagra

The power of colour in marketing and brand recognition cannot be overstated. In a recent study on colours and branding, 68 per cent of respondents agreed that colour is helpful in identifying brands when shopping. Another survey reported that 62 per cent of people shown 30-second advertisements developed brand associations based on colour. ... [read more]