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Monday, September 27, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

New public disclosure of private facts tort in Alberta covers more than intimate images: law prof Emily Laidlaw, University of Calgary

An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge has recognized the existence of a “public disclosure of private facts” tort in Alberta for the first time, a move which legal observers are saying offers hope not only for people who have had their intimate images shared on the Internet but also to those who may have had other forms of personal information sent out into cyberspace. ... [read more]

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

Trivial pursuits: Lawsuits, that is | Marcel Strigberger

Do we lawyers unnecessarily complicate matters? Are we windbags? Do we waste too much time on trivialities? I am thinking about a comment by the notable 19th century British judge, Lord Bacon V-C, who said after a hearing: ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Trial by abacus | Marcel Strigberger

It’s election time again. After an election there are usually a couple of ridings where the race has been close and there is a recount. This I understand. But occasionally the counting process falls into the lap of a Superior Court justice. This I do not understand. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:21 PM

Liberal, NDP platforms propose criminalizing harassment of health workers for COVID restrictions

With the pandemic-focused federal election campaign set to end with a vote on Sept. 20, both the Liberals and the NDP pledged this week to criminalize protesters who harass health-care workers or impede access to hospitals, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau further promising that, if re-elected, his government will protect businesses facing lawsuits for implementing restrictive anti-COVID-19 health measures. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Ex-top judge Beverley McLachlin calls writing legal page-turners a challenging ‘voyage of discovery’ Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin spent 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada grappling with the country’s most difficult legal problems, but she tells The Lawyer’s Daily writing legal thrillers presents its own unique challenges. The author of an award-winning autobiography, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, and the #1 best-selling courtroom suspense novel Full Disclosure, releases her second legal page-turner this week, featuring tough-minded criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

How high-tech drives Luddites bananas | Marcel Strigberger

Technophobia greatly impacted my working life. I resisted change because I was both a boomer and a member of a very conservative profession. I was called to the bar in 1974 B.C. (before computers). The local courthouse library even still carried a book called Oliphant on the Law of Horses, 1908 edition. I doubt there was a long borrowing waitlist. And I really doubt if you missed the due return date, you’d get a nasty call from the librarian saying something like, “Hey, how selfish can you be.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 9:02 AM

Reading from the book of jab | Marcel Strigberger

No custody for you! ... [read more]

Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

Free Wi-Fi, other invasions of privacy: Better latte than never | Marcel Strigberger

“To protect your privacy …?” Right! As a boomer, I wonder how much our privacy has eroded over time ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Open banking report a good start but questions remained unanswered, legal experts say Gail Henderson, Queen’s University faculty of law

An expert advisory committee is recommending action to create a safe and secure open banking system where Canadians can share their financial information among different financial service providers without fear of it being misused, but observers are saying the report leaves some questions unanswered and any system needs to take into account the needs of consumers who may not have full access to traditional financial services. ... [read more]