• My predictions for federal justice reform in 2018

    Jan 15, 2018

    It is always dangerous to prophesize, particularly, as an old Danish proverb warns, about the future. Unfortunately, the temptation to make an educated guess about the future is irresistible.

  • Leading change within government

    Leading change within government

    Dec 11, 2017

    Denise Dwyer is using her racialized experience to find solutions for black and indigenous youth.

  • Federal tax reform debates suffer from the Rashomon effect

    Oct 10, 2017

    The film Rashomon uses a plot device that involves various characters providing subjective, alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. One can see the theoretical application of this plot device to the multi-varied perception of the liberal government’s changes to the taxation of Canadian controlled private corporations.

  • Sounding the privacy alarm

    Oct 2, 2017

    Should the police be able to track who you call or text and where you are located throughout the day even when you are not suspected of any crime? Most people would not hesitate, I suspect, to say no.

  • Feds playing the class warfare card is a political miscalculation

    Sep 18, 2017

    It’s disappointing to see Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engage in a subtle form of “class warfare” against professionals and small-business people given the proposed tax changes that would detrimentally affect lawyers, doctors, farmers and other small-business people who run their businesses through corporations. So, let’s be a bit bold and provocative in the definitions department and call these people “job creators.”

  • Waiting for action as federal government makes no move to address mandatory minimums

    Aug 21, 2017

    Canadians were told that reforming the justice system was a priority for Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Trudeau government. We were told that evidence-based policy is the new order of business when it comes to crime and punishment. Both Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould identified the use of mandatory minimum sentences and constraints on judicial discretion as priority areas for reform. And then there was no action.

  • Feds’ proposed private corporation tax changes are an attack on lawyers and business

    Aug 14, 2017

    In 2016, the federal government eliminated ways to maximize the small business deduction. Earlier this year, the government took aim at tax deferral opportunities afforded to certain professionals, including lawyers, by proposing to eliminate billed-basis accounting.

  • The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

    The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

    Aug 8, 2017

    Canadian Lawyer’s top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its eighth year.

  • A case of no respect?

    A case of no respect?

    Jul 10, 2017

    Poor François Desroches-Lapointe. A board member and spokesman for the Quebec civil lawyers’ and notaries’ union — Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois, or LANEQ — he tried in vain in May to find members who were willing to share their first-hand experiences on the picket lines during their historic four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history.

  • Tracking dirty money

    Tracking dirty money

    Jun 5, 2017

    A turf war between law societies and the federal government is almost inevitable with new rules on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in the pipeline. From where he sits in his downtown Vancouver office, Kim Marsh doesn’t like what he sees.

  • Show me the (laundered) money

    Jun 5, 2017

    Our June issue of Canadian Lawyer has a money theme. We publish our annual Legal Fees Survey in this issue, which we hope will help lawyers and law firms better understand how their fees compare to their competition. Often, lawyers make these business decisions based on little to no data, and our survey is meant to help address that.

  • Suing leviathans, a.k.a. taxpayers

    May 29, 2017

    In case you haven’t noticed, there is a public law litigation boom in Canada currently underway. Hardly a week goes by without a news story indicating some government or public institution is either being sued or has settled a big-ticket piece of litigation.

  • Trudeau’s immigration promises

    Trudeau’s immigration promises

    Apr 3, 2017

    Lawyers are cautiously optimistic that the Liberals can continue their positive momentum. Beginning in early March, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada began accepting up to 2,000 permanent resident applications under the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

  • Reforming CASL: Time to lighten up

    Mar 27, 2017
  • Liberals pick only low-hanging justice fruit with Bill C-39

    Mar 20, 2017
  • Labour law overhaul

    Labour law overhaul

    Mar 6, 2017

    Ontario’s ‘Changing Workplaces Review’ could swing the pendulum toward employees. Reforms are coming to Ontario’s labour laws, but how far-ranging they will be — or even if the Wynne government will implement them before the next provincial elections in 2018 — remains to be seen.

  • Transforming Canada’s largest in-house team

    Transforming Canada’s largest in-house team

    Feb 27, 2017

    Managers of in-house legal teams often have a tough time making changes — introducing new processes, new technologies, encouraging employees to think differently. It’s even harder for managers of large departments.

  • Complying with new harassment legislation in Ontario

    Complying with new harassment legislation in Ontario

    Dec 29, 2016

    From allegations of sexual harassment against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to the court case against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi stemming from complaints of abusive behaviour both inside and outside the workplace, recent high-profile cases of harassment and violence have made it clear that many organizations struggle to uphold appropriate standards of conduct within their ranks.

  • Making municipalities work

    Making municipalities work

    Dec 29, 2016

    Canada’s cities will be the next frontier for risk-sharing public-private partnerships, bringing new players and new complications into the now well-tested infrastructure model. It’s been a slow start, with logistical and political obstacles to using outside groups to do the work that cities have traditionally carried out themselves.


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