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Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:39 PM

Law society’s presumptive priorities | Sam Goldstein

Isn’t that precious. Our Ontario benchers voted that all articling positions must be paid. Why not? They already tell us what we ought to believe and how many of what sorts of people we ought to hire. Arrogating to themselves the jurisdiction to supervise our employee commercial arrangements is the logical next step in their desire to regulate the perfect world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

The Coach: Improve productivity, profitability through engagement | Gary Mitchell

Do you feel your employees are not fully engaged? What would your team look and act like if they were more engaged? How would this affect your clients? How would this impact and improve your bottom line? ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Canada’s 2019-2021 immigration levels aiming for record | Colin Singer

Canada’s latest three-year immigration levels plan shows how the federal government is embracing managed increases in raising its annual immigration numbers. It will reach a modern-day record 350,000 new immigrants by 2021, with most of the increase weighted toward the economic stream. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Sufficient notice and a ‘peppercorn’ of consideration | Stuart Rudner

We all know that an employer risks a constructive dismissal claim when they unilaterally impose substantial changes to fundamental terms of the employment agreement. But can they do the exact same thing simply by giving the employee notice of the change, rather than having it take effect immediately? As one recent case confirmed, yes, they can. Should they be allowed to? While some people have argued that it is unfair, my view is that if they provide sufficient notice, there is nothing wrong with it. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

‘Blanket’ expertise and the standard of review | Heather MacIvor

The holidays came early this year, at least for administrative law aficionados. On Dec. 4-6 the Supreme Court of Canada hosted a three-day feast of submissions on the standard of review. It was brunch, really, since the sittings ended at midday. But what a menu! Legislative intent, statutory interpretation and the rule of law, served up by some of Canada’s best advocates. ... [read more]

Friday, December 07, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

Ducks and dominoes: Our Rube Goldberg school of lawmaking | Sam Goldstein

Do we really need to change the definition of bestiality in Canada? I can’t believe I am writing a column about bestiality but the fact I am writing a column about Parliament’s need to change the definition of bestiality in the Criminal Code is exactly what’s wrong with criminal law today. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

Plague of sexual misconduct in military can’t be solved internally | Colonel-Maitre Michel Drapeau

For the past two decades, the military has received several warnings about the deep-seated crisis of rampant sexual misconduct in its ranks. A few months after the 1997 publication of Dishonored Legacy, a report which addressed the lessons of the Somalia Affair under the themes of leadership and discipline failures, alleged cover-up by the chain of command and a lack of accountability, the media alerted the public to this toxic matter. MacLean’s magazine published four cover stories in 1998 under such titles such as: “Rape in the Military”; “Of Rape and Justice”; and “Speaking Out.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

In-house lawyers: Start with customer and work backward | Julie Chapman

As an in-house lawyer, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day routines and responsibilities, only venturing outside the norm when emergency situations require it. So, ask yourself, how often do you take the time to step back and consider whether your efforts are making a meaningful contribution to the customer’s experience? ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Property rights and married versus unmarried relationships | John-Paul Boyd

Alberta received some pretty big news on Nov. 22 when the provincial government announced some reforms to its family law legislation. Amendments scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will extend the current matrimonial property regime to include unmarried partners. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Cyber propaganda: Real and present danger to our elections | Mark Bourrie

In April 1945, Soviet soldiers ended the Third Reich by smashing into Berlin, crushing resistance in the German capital and eliminating the government. Three months later, the Americans broke Japan’s morale with a secret weapon of incomprehensible power. In both campaigns, the Allies had the same goal: change a regime or make it bend to their will. In 1945, it took the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians. But that’s the old way of doing it. ... [read more]