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Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 1:09 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Admissions, cross-examinations Businessmen shaking hands

“If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it — often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

The court backlog: Is this access to justice? | Jasmine Daya

My articling student walked into my office with her head lowered, barely able to make eye contact with me as she said, “I’m sorry Jasmine.” It was not her fault that the presiding master at motions court denied our request to add a litigation guardian to the action. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 12:25 PM

Spring past expiration date Businessman leaping off springboard

A patent grants the holder the “right to stop others from making, using or selling [his/her] invention from the day the patent is granted to a maximum of 20 years after the day on which [the holder] filed [his/her] patent application” (Canadian Intellectual Property Office). As such, one may think that compensation for the infringement of a patent would be limited to the life of the patent. However, based on a number of court decisions, this is not the case. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Your client’s web domains: Digital assets’ iceberg Shopping basked of apps

Part three in this estate law series covered client web domain hosting, the geographic location of registrars and hosting companies, and who in the client’s sphere is in control of the domains, particularly in the case of charitable and non-profit organizations, along with the associated risks. Part four looks at digital asset estate planning considerations. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Fiduciary crash course: 5 estate law dos and don’ts Thumb up and thumb down signs

You will be acting as a fiduciary if you take on the role of executor, trustee or attorney for property. These roles are defined by the distinct set of legal principles and rules which constitute fiduciary law. Accepting to become an executor, trustee or attorney for property requires that you adopt a “fiduciary mindset,” and understand when your actions could cause a problem. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

B.C. budget focuses on COVID-19, future economic growth CBABC president Jennifer Brun

British Columbia has outlined its fiscal plan for the next three years, and like their federal cousins B.C. lawmakers are focusing on the short-term need to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term focus on job growth and economic recovery. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Google brings you 100,000 answers; librarians bring you the right one | Ciara Ward

I would hope that most people realize by now that libraries are more than books. As author Neil Gaiman observes, “If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated … that is to miss the point fundamentally. I think it has to do with nature of information. Information has value, and the right information has enormous value.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

The demise of oral advocacy? | Gary Joseph

This week I had the privilege of arguing two difficult appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal. I am a perfectionist and my own biggest critic, so later while reflecting on my advocacy this week, I had time to pause and think about how I got to this point in my career. More specifically how whatever skills I do possess as an advocate, came to be. Two immediate thoughts came to mind, watching and doing. Having a great interest in the development of young advocates, I then reflected on what opportunities I had that perhaps they do not and will not have to develop their skills. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 11:42 AM

Earth Day special: Four ways Mathur et al. making climate history | Devon Page and Fraser Thomson

Seven young Ontarians have burst through major barriers in the legal fight for a safer climate future. ... [read more]