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Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Artificial intelligence to make legal tech breakthrough in 2018: experts Michael Power

Experts expect 2018 to be the year that artificial intelligence (AI) makes its presence truly felt in the Canadian legal world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

Cross-border searches put client privacy at risk, experts say

The annual vacation in Sarasota, the IP convention in Dallas, the guest lecturing opportunity in Boston. These are the types of trips that routinely require lawyers to cross the 49th parallel into the United States and back to Canada. However, such trips are no longer routine. As security on both sides of the border ramps up, lawyers may find themselves in jeopardy of violating lawyer-client privilege, being unable to enter another country as a result and even being detained.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Outgoing presidents of Alberta, B.C. law societies cite past successes, look to future Herman Van Ommen, Past President, Law Society of British Columbia

The British Columbia and Alberta law societies ended 2017 with a new term for benchers coming in the new year. And the past presidents of both societies see a busy few years ahead for those who will be serving fresh new mandates as the decision-makers for the legal profession in the two provinces. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Report offers suggestions to improve access to justice in Manitoba Allison_Fenske_sm

An image makeover, a focus on the marginalized and the use of high-tech “one-stop shops” for far-flung parts of Manitoba could help ease that province’s access to justice woes, states a recent report. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

Minimum wage hike, paid leave may lead to job loss, automation, labour lawyers say Inna Koldorf sm

Ontarians will see sweeping changes to regulations across various sectors as of Jan. 1, 2018. From extending deposit protections for buyers of newly built homes to the much anticipated increase in minimum wage, the province is touting the various amendments as its way of creating fairness and opportunity during rapid economic change. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Robert Half expects litigation to offer most job opportunities in 2018 Job opportunities

At least some job growth looks like it will be on the horizon for the new year, according to a recent survey of the Canadian legal profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 12:37 PM

Saskatchewan to offer free legal advice to survivors of sexual violence Betty_Ann_Pottruff_sm

Officials in Saskatchewan are hoping to combat that province’s high rate of sexual violence by having lawyers give free legal advice to survivors. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Lawyers need to get comfortable with digital evidence Michael Mulligan

Even though technology is all around us — from cell phones to computers to always listening personal digital assistants in our homes — it doesn’t mean everybody has an equal understanding of how digital information is created and stored and accessed, and that includes lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

Weak circumstantial evidence at heart of N.S. pot possession acquittal, say lawyers Ken Greer

An Appeal Court’s acquittal of a Nova Scotia man convicted of stashing bins of pot in the woods surrounding his ex’s home highlights the potential flimsiness of circumstantial evidence, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

Lawyer warns against accepting gift card as ‘apology’ for alleged bread price-fixing scheme David Wingfield, Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP

A lawyer with one of the law firms involved in a class action against a number of national grocery and bakery companies for allegedly fixing the price of bread is cautioning customers to understand the rights they may be giving up when accepting a $25 gift card from one of the companies involved in the suit ... [read more]