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Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Prime minister hands out mandate letters to federal cabinet ministers detailing specific objectives Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly issued his marching orders to the 38 cabinet ministers of the minority Liberal government elected in the fall. In a practice designed to enhance public transparency and accountability, that was pioneered by the Trudeau Liberals when they first formed government in 2015, the prime minister unveiled on Dec. 16 the individual mandate letters which specify, in some detail, what he expects each cabinet member to get done in carrying out the government’s agenda during the 44th Parliament.  ... [read more]

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

LCO report comparing European Union, Canadian AI regulation stresses development of ‘trustworthy AI’ Nye Thomas, Law Commission of Ontario executive director

A Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) report comparing Canadian and European AI regulation notes there are “major gaps” in this area in Canada that “must be addressed urgently.” “It’s an area of growing concern,” said Nye Thomas, the LCO’s executive director. Thomas stressed that Canadian laws are “going to have to adapt to meet these new technologies; whether it be administrative law, or criminal law, or the law of civil procedure.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 1:10 PM

In-house counsel: Do not underestimate open source software risks Unlocked padlock

From IT startups to publicly traded software companies, open-source software (OSS) has become the basic building block for modern-day software engineering. At virtually no cost of acquisition, software developers can leverage existing OSS codes (e.g., OSS libraries and algorithms) and apply them to accelerate product development cycle, significantly reducing engineering timeline and cost. Especially in artificial intelligence (AI) neural network-driven software applications, companies no longer need to solve complex R&D tasks like natural language processing, as sophisticated AI language models like Google BERT are readily available for commercial use under Apache License 2.0. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

Wellness: Work/life integration | Darryl Singer

Much talk in recent years in our profession has been about the seemingly unattainable work/life balance. The concept sounds great in theory. But the reality is that for most lawyers who aspire to achieve or maintain success, it is almost impossible. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 09, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

Legal marketing: Geofencing used by lawyers, but regulatory, privacy picture fuzzy Legal Marketing image

A woman surfs the Internet in a hospital emergency department after hurting her ankle in a slip and fall on public property. On the websites she visits, she notices an advertisement for a local personal injury law firm keeps showing up — an ad which follows her around for days afterward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Lawyers in a digital age: Emergent duty of technological competence High tech lawyer

August 1981 marked the 40th anniversary of the IBM PC. Not long after, lawyers began to adopt the invention for their practices. Yet, despite the decades of law office technologization and — especially since COVID-19 — the centrality of tech to the practice of law today (does anyone send paper letters still, and aren’t Zoom meetings convenient?), a lawyer’s duty of technological competence has yet to become universal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 07, 2021 @ 11:13 AM

Legal marketing: Law societies stress honesty, accuracy Legal Marketiing graphic

While there are many uniformities and common themes between Canada’s law societies and their rules for marketing and advertising, some differ in what they stress to members.   ... [read more]

Friday, December 03, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Ottawa seeks funding proposals for projects to help abused partners access family justice system Justice Minister David Lametti

Federal Justice Minister David Lametti is calling for proposals from legal clinics and lawyers’ and judges’ associations, among others, for up to $1 million a year to fund projects that assist victims of intimate partner violence to access and navigate the family justice system and that improve the justice system’s responses to domestic violence. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 02, 2021 @ 4:53 PM

Digital platform to file criminal charges expanded to Toronto courthouses

On Dec. 2, the Ontario government announced the expansion of eIntake, “a digital platform that allows police officers to file criminal charges electronically,” to Toronto. According to a news release, the eIntake system “will be available in all courthouses across Toronto by December 7, 2021” following “successful launches in the Northeast, Northwest, and Central East regions of the province.” ... [read more]

Thursday, December 02, 2021 @ 10:35 AM

Hacking, security for lawyers, part two Hacker with Newfoundland flag

The hacking of Newfoundland’s health-care system is the latest cyberattack of a major organization in Canada. And it won’t be the last. Universities, transit commissions and financial institutions have all been hacked. Earlier this year an attack on Colonial Pipeline, which supplies almost half the fuel to the east coast of the United States, was hit with a ransomware attack. It resulted in an emergency declaration for 11 different states and only when a ransom of US$5 million was paid were the company’s files unlocked. ... [read more]