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Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Cars without drivers: A roadmap for liability Man sitting in self-driving car

Autonomous vehicles will increasingly become a fact of life in the coming decades. And while their arrival is a certainty, how they will function is not entirely settled. In particular, the kind of technology used by autonomous vehicles to see the road in front of them and to make decisions critical to our safety is now the subject of a battle between Elon Musk and the competition. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New SCC clerkship interview process: Equity and sound public administration | Lawrence David

Cambridge doctoral student Paul Warchuk messaged me this morning with the following news: ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Complex Nova Scotia court case goes hi-tech Michael_Wood_sm

Nova Scotia’s court system has taken a big leap in its embracing of technology after a recent high-profile financial fraud case went almost completely digital. This latest move towards greater use of technology in the justice system came in the form of enhancements to Courtroom 502 at the Halifax Law Courts — changes made in preparation for the September appeal of disgraced tech executives Daniel Potter and Blois Colpitts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

Textalyzer offers police new tool in distracted driving cases cellphone.jpg

People like binary evidence. They like knowing that something is either true or false. They like setting objective tests. This is reasonable because we all want to know on what standard we will be judged. This is why per se limits for drugs and alcohol are so tempting as it injects a feeling of a scientific method into something that may not have an exact number value to it, especially with drugs, namely impairment. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Marriage of family law and technology: A much-needed union Female hands typing on laptop

Technology has become so enmeshed in modern life that citizens engaging with the legal system wonder why the same level of service and convenience is not available. Fortunately, in Ontario, the superior and provincial family courts are implementing new technological processes in order to modernize the system. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

Two new partners for Gowling WLG in Waterloo

Tech lawyers Todd Bissett and Ahsan Sadiq have joined Gowling WLG as partners in the firm’s Waterloo, Ont., region office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 09, 2019 @ 2:25 PM

On information highway, we’re all bozos on the bus | Bruce McDougall

Canada’s privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, wants more power. He could get it from a broader interpretation of Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Among other things, Therrien thinks PIPEDA gives Canadians the right to be forgotten on the Internet, and he thinks his office should ensure that it does. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New technology in family law for practitioners Man working at laptop

Since Dec. 31, 2016, with the finalization of Justice Annemarie Bonkalo’s report to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) about the provision of family legal services, the issue of efficiency with the family law process has been at the forefront of the profession. With cuts to the budget for Legal Aid Ontario, the need for efficiencies through technology in the family law process is more vital now than ever before. ... [read more]