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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Re-establishing B.C.’s Human Rights Commission, one year later | Kurt Sandstrom

Shortly after taking office in 2017, Premier John Horgan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to re-establish a human rights commission in British Columbia. At the time, B.C. was the only province in Canada without a human rights commission, the previous commission having been dismantled in 2002. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

What Quebec lifetime interlock rule means for impaired drivers Handingcarkeystorobot.jpg

As a result of changes to its Highway Safety Code, anyone convicted after Nov. 25, 2019, of a second drinking and driving offence while licensed in Quebec will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle they drive for the rest of their life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation Doug Downey sm

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 9:24 AM

LIZ launches global initiative to help legal tech entrepreneurs Chris Bentley and Hersh Perlis sm

Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) is branching out by launching a “globally accessible, interactive online, four-part service” for entrepreneurs growing their legal tech business. According to an announcement made on Dec. 4, the service includes two new programs, Concept Framework and Sprint Lab, as well as two programs already in place, Innovator’s Canvas and the LIZ’s incubator. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Legal writing in the digital age | Neil Guthrie

All kinds of questions arise from the new (or newish) technology we use in legal practice. Should you communicate with your clients by text message, for example? The answer is probably not: there are security and privacy issues, privileged and confidential information may find its way to servers in the United States (and therefore be subject to scrutiny by U.S. government officials) and your chat history may be difficult — or impossible — to retrieve if you need to establish exactly what was said and when. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

Digital assets deep dive: Tech solutions digital_lightbulb

In my practice, I have spoken at many workshops and conferences with estate lawyers, estate planners, clients and the general public. Regardless of the audience, some of the first words often blurted out are, “password managers,” or the question is asked, “what about password managers” in an effort to tidily solve the entire digital assets dilemma in one fell swoop. We live in a complicated world where every minute of the day is taken by orchestrating client commitments, and we just don’t have the time to investigate a new and evolving digital domain that requires more research than can be handled with a passing comment. ... [read more]

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Post trial physical, mental storm normal | Kyla Lee

After a particularly effective cross-examination, I called my law partner while driving home. Triumphantly, I declared myself the queen of cross-examination. He listened dutifully, as law partners to trial lawyers do, while I recounted how I had ensnared the witness and got him to admit his numerous errors. ... [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]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 7:51 AM

Cloud security myth: Client data stored in Canada more secure cloud_security_sm

One of the key attributes of modernizing the tools and software used by law firms is migrating to cloud solutions, which offer greater reliability, features and security vis-a-vis on-premises software solutions. Despite the benefits, I routinely encounter the great myth of cloud technology within the first few minutes of any call, notably “Where is the data stored?” or “Is everything stored in Canada?” ... [read more]