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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]

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 1:25 PM

Privacy laws, artificial intelligence Woman's face and digital figures

It is no secret that the contributions of artificial intelligence (AI) have begun to illustrate their power in many areas of Canadian law practice — from AI-powered legal research, to case prediction software, to blockchain contracts. Similarly, privacy law has developed to remain consistent with the rapidly evolving landscape of technology — albeit with a slower-paced response to the legal industry’s evolving use of AI.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

Ottawa seeking public input on revenue sharing between digital platforms and news media

The federal government is reaching out to the public to get their perspective on how the revenues of web giants such as Twitter and Facebook can be better shared with Canadian news media. Heritage Canada is in the process of exploring policy options for new legislation to support payments to news publishers, specifically regarding how global digital platforms can appropriately contribute to a healthy Canadian news ecosystem. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

Twitter cannot use its contract law power in way that restricts freedom of expression: lawsuit Joel Bakan, UBC School of Law

Twitter has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its content policies are out of sync with the Charter’s free speech protections, and a University of British Columbia law professor involved in the case is also calling on the federal government to bring in legislation which would safeguard freedom of expression on social media platforms. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

Google subject to federal privacy law but ‘right to be forgotten’ issue still undecided: lawyers Mark Phillips

A Federal Court judge has ruled that Google search results are subject to federal privacy law, but legal observers are pointing out it may be some time before a final decision is made on whether a broader “right to be forgotten” exists in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, July 05, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

Implications of blockchain for lawyers Bitcoin eroding away

It has been demonstrated that the blockchain, and smart contracts in particular, have the capacity to drastically reduce time and costs associated with centralization. As a result, blockchain poses a threat to many institutions including banks, through the development of decentralized finance (DeFi) and peer-to-peer lending, insurance companies, through parametric insurance and certain types of bureaucracies that are responsible for creation and management of state-issued identifications such as driving licences and passports through projects such as ICON (ICX). ... [read more]