Oct 17, 2018
Legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada finally takes effect today, Oct. 17, after it was delayed from the original date of July 1 to give provincial governments more time to put their individual plans in place.
Sep 7, 2018
As the deadline looms for governments to establish or oversee legal outlets for the sale of recreational cannabis, at least one group of First Nations has said it plans to draft its own cannabis laws rather than wait for a provincial government to impose regulations.
- Aug 7, 2018
As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States
- Oct 10, 2017
As companies are getting more and more technologically advanced, some in-house lawyers may ask themselves, “Where in the world is our company’s data stored?” Data residency specifically refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization’s data including personal data of its customers.
Sep 19, 2017
A statute that governs the construction industry in Ontario is set for a major overhaul for the first time in nearly 35 years.The proposed changes to the Construction Lien Act, which could become law later this year, are an attempt to modernize the payment and dispute resolution systems in the industry and bring the statutory framework in line with jurisdictions in other countries.
- Sep 18, 2017
The irrationality of the Liberal government’s legislation to legalize marijuana was brought into sharp focus last week as bill C-45 made its way through the health committee.
The problem is obvious — the war on drugs has been an abject failure. Criminalization of marijuana abdicates control over the production, distribution and regulation of cannabis to criminal organizations. Yes, your dealer may be a middle-class, suburban stay-at-home dad, but as a criminal lawyer, I have seen the bloodshed brought about by illegal weed. The bottom line is that the criminalization of marijuana kills.
- Aug 28, 2017
Immortals shall soon walk among us. They may also crawl, roll and perhaps hover. Yes, definitely hover. The immortals refer to artificially intelligent persons, and by “us” I mean natural persons.
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.
Jun 26, 2017
Top courts in other countries play very different roles than Canada’s Supreme Court.
As democracy falters, top courts, sometimes reluctantly, sometimes eagerly, take on political and policy roles previously the prerogative of elected officials. Professors of political science sometimes call this process “countermajoritarianism.” (Only academics could dream up such a hideous word.)
- Jun 12, 2017
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, which came into force in 2014, has been a significant topic of discussion over the past few years. The upcoming end of the three-year transition period and the recently delayed private right of action that was to commence on July 1 has renewed the conversation.
- May 23, 2017
The House of Commons has approved Bill C-337, The Judicial Accountability Through Sexual Assault Law Training Act, with little or no debate. The Senate is likely to do the same.
Apr 24, 2017
British Columbia amended its Human Rights Code in July 2016 to add “gender identity and expression” as a protected ground. This means that, in B.C., it is now prohibited to discriminate in areas including employment based on a person’s gender identity or gender expression.
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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.
- Aug 8, 2016