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Bar divided over CBA withdrawal
Law Times
Even with the Canadian Bar Association dropping its planned intervention in the Chevron Corp. matter at the Supreme Court of Canada, the question around the appropriateness of its initial plan remains divisive with some lawyers celebrating the last-minute withdrawal while others say it would have been helpful if it had continued with the case.

The lure of Mexico
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In our October-November cover story, we explore the evolution of business between Mexico and Canada. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which greatly expanded levels of trade and investment between the two countries. As of 2012, Mexico was Canada's third-largest source of imports and the fifth-largest market for Canadian exports.


Building boom
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Southwestern Ontario is experiencing a commercial building boom. From transit infrastructure to the condo and office tower skyline, organizations like Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx, and Build Toronto are busy building the urban spaces of tomorrow. In this report we look at how the general counsel behind these organizations play a large part in the growth of the region.

More LAO improvements coming as family services boosted
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario has more than doubled the number of hours family lawyers can spend on child protection proceedings and more good news is coming with the provincial government expected to make an announcement soon about expanded eligibility for legal aid.



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Great strides but more work to be done for women: chief justice
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Delivering the keynote address at the University of Toronto's Victoria University's Charter Day Convocation, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin kept her remarks focused squarely on equality, and the importance of obtaining more equal gender representation in "societal and democratic governance."

Feeding frenzy
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Mergers and acquisitions in the food and beverage sector are up. Industry observers say businesses not only aim to reach new markets, but also to repair a revenue problem.

Postmedia deal may prompt bureau to consider digital competitors
Lexpert
A seismic shift in media competition may be underway, as the Competition Bureau — reviewing an acquisition that would turn Postmedia Network Canada Corp. into a monolithic newspaper company — decides whether to broaden its definition of the newspaper market to include digital competitors.

Mining the gold in mind maps
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The perception of in-house legal departments as insular and mysterious can impede their ability to best serve the business. And while perceptions don't always reflect reality, a repositioning of legal as an equal in the organization can have a dramatic effect on both the lawyers' job satisfaction and overall efficiency in the business.



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Judge steps into role of soccer referee
Law Times
A Divisional Court judge found himself quite literally in the role of a referee when he decided the winner of a recent under 16 Ontario Cup soccer match.

Power play
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
SaskPower general counsel Rachelle Verret Morphy as been involved at the ground level for years as the company gets ready to throw the switch on the world's first power plant to capture CO2 emissions.

Lawyers worry about misuse of prior capable wishes by doctors
Law Times
There's growing frustration among patient advocates over the depth of misunderstanding in the medical system regarding the prior capable wishes of patients who now require others to make their decisions for them.

Jeffrey Leon wins litigation award
Law Times
Bennett Jones LLP litigator Jeffrey Leon has received the Ontario Bar Association's civil litigation award. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Wake-up call for mental health at work
Law Times, editorial
Shortly after the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its policy on mental-health disabilities earlier this year, along comes a Divisional Court decision that offers some useful guidance on the issue.

Celebrating the spirit of innovation and collaboration
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Launched last September, our "for in-house, judged by in-house" Innovatio awards program sought to honour the work done by in-house counsel both small and large departments often the unsung heroes of today's business environment.

The skies are watching you
Canadian Lawyer, online
It is arguably difficult for Canadians to complain too loudly about existing drone usage, writes Lisa Lifshitz in this month's The IT Girl column. While the privacy commissioner has a complaint mechanism for violations against PIPEDA and the Privacy Act and can investigate alleged privacy breaches, in the absence of the ability to levy significant financial penalties for breach, the deterrent effect upon unwanted surveillance by UAVs is limited.

Be a contact curator: sorting for success
Canadian Lawyer, online
The process of turning contacts into two-way, giving relationships follows a sequence of events: developing your list, sorting for success, planning and taking action, following up, and tracking progress. This month, Simone Hughes's Make it Count column explains how to sort your list effectively and efficiently.

Gear, gadgets & more: part 1
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the first of this two-part series, David Paul, in his column, David Paul's Field Notes, provides an overview of the most common devices being used by lawyers today, including tablets, smartphones, notebooks, and readers. He also discusses some of the essential apps that work on most of these different devices.



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Does a recorded phone call count as a contract?
Lexpert
In his Technology column, George Takach posits an interesting question: can you send complete a form while the client is on the phone, and then at the end over the phone have the client say the words "I agree," and thereby create a binding contract?

The CBA Futures Report's vision of Canadian legal education
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
To some extent, the Federation of Law Society's standards stand in the way of those who would embrace the CBA report's vision of new models of legal education to serve the needs of a diverse Canadian population. As Philip Bryden explains in his Law School Futures column, however, the greater challenge is to find Canadian educational institutions that are willing to sustain a deliberate strategy of educating law graduates for practice in environments other than large international, national, or regional law firms.

Learn to earn, read to lead
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
We all lead busy lives as in-house counsel, but Jonathan Lau, in his In Closing column, urges in-house counsel to discover the joys and practical benefits reading can have. Oliver Wendell Holmes put it best when he said, "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

The category is travel
Canadian Lawyer, online
Bringing children beyond infancy with you on business travel remains taboo, writes Twila Reid in her column, The Twila Zone. But what about the people who are travelling all the time? Those with super elite status? Those people who are the leaders of our society, such as CEOs and politicians? It has to be really hard from them, their spouses, and their children.

Mining company lawsuit shows need for international law reform
Law Times
In a case that once again demonstrates the lack of international legal protections, a civil suit filed against Tahoe Resources Inc. alleges the Vancouver-headquartered mining company is liable for injuries sustained by seven Guatemalan men at a protest in April 2013, write Sarah Molyneaux and Shin Imai in this week's Speaker's Corner.



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