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The Immigration Line
September 28, 2015
Audits and administrative monetary penalty regime possible game-changers
On Dec. 1, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada will become the administrators of a new Administrative Monetary Penalty system meant to hold Canadian employers in check for compliance with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Ab Initio
September 28, 2015
Well, this is different: My first 30 days on student exchange
“Well, this is different,” I think to myself, straddling my bike waiting for the bicycle lane traffic signal to cross over one of Amsterdam’s many canals on my way to class.
September 28, 2015
Video: Making Rain - Stay alert to your referrals
In this month’s episode, executive coach Debra Forman of Pinstripe Coaching discusses the value and ongoing maintenance of referral relationships.
General counsel walk the line between business enabler and keeping everyone on the straight and narrow.
September 28, 2015
Are you really the trusted business adviser?
Often referred to as the “trusted business adviser,” general counsel enter the corporate sphere balancing a heavy burden. To be effective, they need to get into the trenches and be a team player while also maintaining their independence when providing solid legal advice that doesn’t compromise the company or their own moral or professional codes.
September 28, 2015
Getting a ‘leg up’ with summer employment
While school has just begun, it’s time to plan for the year ahead including a summer position for next year. Sometimes, you need a little help getting that coveted job.
September 28, 2015
The responsibilites of citizens of the world
In a recent fascinating interview in the Financial Times, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, recounted his horrifying experience as a six-year-old Korean refugee who later came to idealize the UN as a “beacon” of hope in the world.
Daniels v. Canada at the Supreme Court of Canada
September 28, 2015
Who are ‘Indians’ within Parliament’s legislative authority and why does it matter?
On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments from Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Métis Nation, First Nations, and other groups in Daniels v. Canada. The Daniels case ― initiated by well-known Métis leader Harry Daniels in 1999 ― will hopefully lead to Canada revisiting its arbitrary and exclusionary policies towards Métis and non-status Indians (i.e., members of First Nations who are not able to register as “status Indians” under the Indian Act).

Current Issue

September 2015 • Volume 39, Issue 9
    • Subtitle Cover Story
    Written by Mervin Brass
    Issue Date: September 2015
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its closing ceremony in Ottawa earlier this year with much attention and promise that…
    • Subtitle Top Ontario Regional Firms
    Written by Yamri Taddese
    Issue Date: September 2015
    Despite muted activity in pockets of the legal market and the Canadian economy facing tough headwinds, Ontario’s top regional law…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Labour & Employment
    Written by Shannon Kari
    Issue Date: September 2015
    When the Ontario government announced a review earlier this year of the provincial Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act,…


  • Written by Dera J. Nevin
    Issue Date: September 2015
    Social media is an important source of discovery in an increasing range of cases and can often yield the most important evidence. Social media and its derivatives are prevalent with many people using social media as their dominant communications channel, preferring some in-app messaging tools to e-mail. Corporations, too, are…
  • Written by Jim Middlemiss
    Issue Date: September 2015
    Dentons LLP is in a dogfight with American Lawyer magazine over the media empire’s Global 100 law firm rankings. The firm takes issue with the profit-per-equity-partner figure cooked up by the magazine, after Dentons announced last year it wouldn’t disclose its numbers. So much so it created the web site…
  • Written by Gail J. Cohen
    Issue Date: September 2015
    A few months ago, I was looking for a writer in Saskatoon to help with our Saskatoon city report. Some colleagues suggested I reach out to Mervin Brass, which I did. He grew up on the Key First Nation and is currently the editor and publisher of Treaty 4 News,…
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