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Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Mining merger, acquisition trends Undergroundmining.jpg

In 2018, there were a reported 824 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions in the mining space in North America, with an estimated deal value of $15.8 billion. In 2019, the number of transactions shrank to 677 while the estimated total deal value rose to $58.4 billion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Corporate immigration compliance for COVID-19 visa_stamp_sm

These are challenging times for Canadian businesses who are managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. With official government instructions on social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions changing on a nearly daily basis, what additional considerations are there for Canadian employers of foreign nationals? How do employers stay compliant with immigration laws while managing the myriad issues that we are currently facing? ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

In dogged pursuit of Punky’s Law Punky_sm.jpg

Who knew municipal law making happens at 10 p.m. on a Wednesday? Not me. I had put myself on the speaker’s list at city hall in Vancouver in reponse to a motion I read about concerning dangerous dogs that I believed needed a serious revision before it could help dogs and not inadvertently cause an access to justice for animals problem for dogs and their humans trying to access a second chance and to avail themselves of rehabilitation. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

SCC missed chance to review ‘new approach’ by Federal Court of Appeal in pipeline case: lawyer Chris Tollefson

Chris Tollefson hoped the Supreme Court of Canada would have heard an appeal from his client, the Federation of British Columbia Naturalists (BC Nature), which was denied leave last September by the Federal Court of Appeal in its challenge of the federal cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

Coastal GasLink dispute rooted in conflicts over title, governance: legal experts Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

The dispute over a natural gas pipeline through the traditional territory of a B.C. First Nation has garnered almost daily headlines both in Canada and abroad. But legal experts note the conflict goes far beyond any adverse environmental effects the project may have, and strikes at the very heart of long-simmering issues between Canada and Indigenous people — who actually has title over the land, and who actually speaks for First Nations. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Financial distress: Blind spots in cannabis industry falling_cannabis_stocks_sm

The regulated cannabis industry remains a consistent headline. Growing pains plague the industry, and the optimism surrounding growth, product diversification and projected revenue has been replaced by concern regarding layoffs, oversupply and inability to raise funds. Speculation about failures and insolvencies is widespread. After years of focusing on growth and raising capital, cannabis companies are increasingly looking for advice to mitigate the impact of financial distress. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Three leaders who embody International Women’s Day | Naomi Sayers

This International Women’s Day, a day started to celebrate women’s global achievements, is Sunday March 8. Sometimes, success and achievements look different for many. For me, success and achievements mean resisting interlocking systems of oppression to achieve greater equality, not just for women but for those who will come after us. Some of the women at the top of my mind during this day include these three inspiring Indigenous women: ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 @ 9:39 AM

Alberta infrastructure protest bill largely unnecessary: legal scholar Lisa Silver, University of Calgary

Canada has faced a crisis in recent weeks as major transportation arteries have faced blockades by individuals who say they are acting in solidarity with a number of hereditary First Nations chiefs protesting the building of a natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory. ... [read more]

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5:11 PM

SCC opens door to foreigners suing here for Canadian companies’ human rights violations abroad Joe Fiorante

In a public international law decision that breaks new ground nationally and internationally, a divided Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that three Eritreans who claim they were abused and forced to work at a Canadian-owned mine in Eritrea can proceed with their damages suit in B.C. Supreme Court for alleged human rights violations that breached the norms of customary international law. ... [read more]