• Richard Stock

    Innovation a hot topic at CCCA conference

    Apr 16, 2019

    I recently attended the National Conference of the CCCA. Unsurprisingly, there were several sessions that dealt with some aspect of innovation in legal services.

    Richard Stock|Performance in the Law Department
  • Ron Poulton

    The Federal Court slices and dices more Harper law

    Apr 15, 2019

    Canadian Courts have been systematically erasing the Harper legacy in immigration and refugee law since Harper relinquished power to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his crew in 2015 – and rightly so. Now we have a new rebuke of human rights law carrying the stain of political whims – an apt description of how Harper’s government carried on refugee law. Whims usually don’t lead to smart decision-making. Perhaps even less so when those whims are politically driven, and not based on reason, logic or any sense of compassion.

    Ron Poulton |Border Crossings
  • Simone Hughes

    How to position yourself and your practice - Many can talk about the importance; few can help you figure it out

    Apr 15, 2019

    Heather Suttie, another Canadian Lawyer blogger and recognized industry thought leader on global legal markets and trends, started the conversation last month on the business value of proper positioning. I will continue the conversation this month with practical help on how anyone can jump right in and try it.

    Simone Hughes|Make it Count
  • Lisa R. Lifshitz

    The many lessons of the Equifax data breach

    Apr 15, 2019

    The Equifax decision and related compliance agreement between the OPC and Equifax Canada that that sets out detailed timelines for various corrective measures to be put in place by Equifax Canada regarding consent, safeguards and accountability in addition to six years of third party audits, offers a treasure trove of practical lessons for organizations looking to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (as well as some surprises).

    Lisa R. Lifshitz|The IT Girl
  • Kristen Slaney

    Law school is more than studying the law

    Apr 15, 2019

    As the days grow longer with sunlight, I realize how much closer I am to graduating from law school, and while that thought is exhilarating, it is also intimidating. This month, I decided to share my gratitude for things that law school brought me, whether it be through my education, or through moving here to Windsor.

    Kristen Slaney
  • Tony Wilson

    The ban on surreptitiously recording conversations must apply to all lawyers

    Apr 8, 2019

    Under Section 7.2(3) of the B.C. Code of Professional Conduct, a lawyer is prohibited from using any device to record a conversation between the lawyer and a client or another lawyer even if lawful, without first informing the other person of the intention to do so. The language is virtually identical for lawyers in Ontario and other provinces and a breach of this rule is a breach of a lawyer’s ethical duties and could conceivably lead to a fine, or in very extreme cases, suspension or disbarment.

    Tony Wilson
  • Michael Spratt

    The legality and morality of covert phone-call-recording

    Apr 8, 2019

    Just because there is not a law prohibiting an act does not make that act right or moral. Criminality should not and cannot represent the line of propriety in politics. A defence that no law was broken is usually the last line of defence for the morally bankrupt. So the real question is if Wilson-Raybould’s actions were moral? Was taping the conversation the right thing to do?

    Michael Spratt
  • Nagendra Krishnamurthy

    Agile contracts

    Apr 8, 2019

    It is hard for anyone working in an information technology company to escape jargon. IT folks will outsmart lawyers in inventing and using jargon any day. One term that has been around for a while but has gained traction recently is “agile.”

    Nagendra Krishnamurthy
  • Gary Goodwin

    Technology wants to be friends!

    Apr 8, 2019

    Generally, technology provides certain expected benefits. Other benefits appear totally unexpected. As an early adopter of technology, I tried using an automotive navigation system a couple of times. Driving in a large, unknown city can be intimidating, so I like to have some gentle guidance on where to go. Anything more than this level of guidance causes my frontal cortex to freeze up. As you know, numerous people ended up in rivers, lakes and oceans simply following navigation-system directions with no further frontal cortex involvement of their own.

    Gary Goodwin