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Slaw

A Canadian cooperative weblog on all things legal.

http://www.slaw.ca
  • Apr 22

    Student to Lawyer: 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition

    Student to Lawyer: 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition
    This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20tips for the full…
  • Apr 22

    Specialized Licensing for Specialized Practice

    Specialized Licensing for Specialized Practice
    The current Law Society model for licensing legal professionals in Canada provides all lawyers with a blanket license to practice in any area of law. Virtually every other major profession that exists today employs specialized licensing and…
  • Apr 22

    Resolve to Get Your Law Practice Off to the Best Possible Start

    Resolve to Get Your Law Practice Off to the Best Possible Start
    Professional liability claims can take the wind out of the sails of anyone’s legal career, but can be especially demoralizing for a new lawyer. Your best chance at avoiding claims is to develop great working habits right from the start.…
Rank this Week: 63

ICBC Law

ICBC Law

Covers British Columbia injury claims the the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. By Eric Magraken.

http://bc-injury-law.com/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Disbursement Interest Claim Allowed at 6%

    Disbursement Interest Claim Allowed at 6%
    Reasons for judgement were released today by the BC Supreme Court, New Westminster Registry, allowing a Plaintiff to recover interest charged on a loan which financed disbursements. In today’s case (Phippen v. Hampton) the Plaintiff…
  • Apr 22

    Assumed Future Fact Scenarios Are OK In Economic Expert Report

    Assumed Future Fact Scenarios Are OK In Economic Expert Report
    Reasons for judgement were released recently by the BC Supreme Court, Victoria Registry, addressing the appropriateness of assumed future fact scenarios in an economists report.  In short the Court held that such assumptions could be…
  • Apr 17

    Expert Witness Judicially Drubbed for Showing “a Lack of Willingness to Be Frank, Open and Honest With The Court”

    Expert Witness Judicially Drubbed for Showing “a Lack of Willingness to Be Frank, Open and Honest With The Court”
    In perhaps one of the strongest judicial drubbings in recent years by the BC Supreme Court, an expert witness was criticized for abandoning his obligation to assist the court in favour of advocacy. In today’s case (Mattice v. Kirby) the…
Rank this Week: 79

Michael Geist's Blog

Michael Geist's Blog

Covers technology and DRM. By Michael Geist.

http://www.michaelgeist.ca
Rank this Week: 110

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

Features environmental law updates on climate change, compliance, and pesticides. By Dianne Saxe.

http://envirolaw.com
  • Apr 22

    Happy Earth Day

    Happy Earth Day
    Aren’t we lucky to live in this beautiful place? Do something today to make it better. Surely you can think of something…. Plant a tree, pick up litter, dust off your bike or walk instead of driving, change to more efficient…
  • Apr 21

    More Ontario Statements of Environmental Values proposed

    More Ontario Statements of Environmental Values proposed
    The Ontario Ministries of Rural Affairs and of Agriculture and Food have each proposed a draft Statement of Environmental Values under the Environmental Bill of Rights. The Ontario Environmental Commissioner has, for many years, called…
  • Apr 17

    Supreme Court of Canada gives Chevron permission to appeal Ecuador pollution decision

    Supreme Court of Canada gives Chevron permission to appeal Ecuador pollution decision
    The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Chevron’s application for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision allowing Ecuadorian plaintiffs to sue here to try to collect their $18 billion Ecuador pollution…
Rank this Week: 226

Wrongful Dismissal and Employment…

Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law Blog

Discusses wrongful dismissal and employment law issues affecting Canadian employers and employees. By Whitten & Lublin.

http://blog.toronto-employmentlawyer.com/
  • Apr 9

    Employee fired over an injury sets legal precedent in Ontario

    Employee fired over an injury sets legal precedent in Ontario
    A 2013 ruling in Wilson v. Solis Mexican Foods Ltd sets a new precedent, paving the way for employees to pursue human rights claims in court where the financial outcome can be largely unpredictable and inconsistent – yet rewarding.…
  • Apr 2

    Failure to investigate alleged misconduct can be costly

    Failure to investigate alleged misconduct can be costly
    It is not uncommon for employers to fire first and ask questions later, especially in instances of alleged employee misconduct. Stelcrete Industries Ltd., a rebar assembly plant in Welland, Ontario learned that impulsive actions can be…
  • Mar 28

    Court blocks executive’s move from Blackberry to Apple

    Court blocks executive’s move from Blackberry to Apple
    On March 24, 2014 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice prevented a senior executive at Blackberry from moving to its major competitor, Apple. In BlackBerry Limited v. Marineau-Mes, 2014 ONSC 1790, the debate centered on an employment…
Rank this Week: 319

Altro & Associates Blog

Altro & Associates Blog

Covers Canadian immigration news and laws.

http://www.altrolevy.com/category/all/
  • Apr 8

    March 2014 – Dollars and Sense Radio Show

    March 2014 – Dollars and Sense Radio Show
    Montreal, Quebec – March 20, 2014 On the March 20th episode of Dollars and Sense on CJAD 800 AM, David A. Altro, Managing Partner, Florida Attorney & Canadian Legal Advisor, was joined by Matt C. Altro, Cross Border Financial…
  • Apr 7

    Le Journal de Montréal – “Not many selected for work visas”

    Le Journal de Montréal – “Not many selected for work visas”
    Shlomi Steve Levy, Partner at Altro Levy LLP, was recently interviewed by Michel Munger from the French newspaper Le Journal de Montréal. The article is about the visa lottery which takes place during the first week of April for work…
  • Mar 28

    The Future of FATCA in Canada: Pros and Cons of the IGA

    The Future of FATCA in Canada: Pros and Cons of the IGA
    The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, more commonly known as FATCA, was passed in 2010. FATCA requires foreign financial institutions (“FI”s) to report on the account information of U.S. citizens and residents (including…
Rank this Week: 309

Doorey's Law of Work Blog

Doorey's Law of Work Blog

Covers Canadian labour and employment law. By Professor David Doorey.

http://lawofwork.ca/
  • Apr 4

    Unifor’s Toyota Campaign Demonstrates Flaw in Labour Law Model

    Unifor’s Toyota Campaign Demonstrates Flaw in Labour Law Model
    You may have seen in the media that Unifor (the old Canadian Auto Workers) applied this week to represent employees at Toyota’s three plants in Cambridge and Woodstock.  The media stories said there is approximately 6500 employees…
  • Apr 3

    Union Security and the Law (links)

    Union Security and the Law (links)
     Labour Relations Act Canadian Laws on Union Dues and Membership Rand’s Arbitration Decision (Ford, 1946) Right to Work and Bullshit in Labour Policy Debates Has anything changed with Hudak’s New claim that he is dropping…
  • Mar 27

    Are University Football Players “Employees” and Entitled to Unionize?

    Are University Football Players “Employees” and Entitled to Unionize?
    There was a big decision from the Illinois region of the National Labor Relations Board yesterday, finding that Northwestern University football players are “employees” and therefore entitled to unionize.  Here’s the…
Rank this Week: 263

Law is Cool

Law is Cool

Law school blog and podcast from Canada.

http://lawiscool.com
  • Nov 14

    Auditions for Third Canada-wide Twitter Moot opened

    Auditions for Third Canada-wide Twitter Moot opened
      Vancouver.  West Coast Environmental Law is inviting law students from across Canada to participate in a unique social media competition.  The “Twitter Moot”, to be held on Friday, February 28th, 2014,…
  • Nov 6

    Law School Tech Chat to discuss Law Student’s Social Media usage

    Law School Tech Chat to discuss Law Student’s Social Media usage
    Last month this blog focused on the twitter chat #CBAfuturesChat, which was a student focused consultation run by the Canadian Bar Association’s Future’s initiative. Now that it’s November, the twitter chat has shifted to a…
  • Oct 15

    Jonathan MacKenzie is this week’s top Social Media Student at Law (@JMacKenzieLaw)

    Jonathan MacKenzie is this week’s top Social Media Student at Law (@JMacKenzieLaw)
    Last week’s #CBafuturesChat was a discussion of the articling in Canada.  The focus of the talk shifted from Law School to recent grads, and with that, the conversation shifted to students at law instead of law students.…
Rank this Week: 302

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds

Daily Canadian legal news blog powered by the team from Law Times and Canadian Lawyer.

http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/legalfeeds/
  • Apr 22

    Ryerson LPP wants input from in-house

    Ryerson LPP wants input from in-house
    Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program is looking for in-house counsel to provide advice, mentorship, and placements.“We’ve been looking for advice from in-house counsel as to how to get their expertise infused in the…
  • Apr 22

    News roundup — April 22, 2014

    News roundup — April 22, 2014
    CanadaSeeing 'no compromise,' First Nations prepared to 'bury' oilsands pipeline in lawsuits, ReutersSuspect in Calgary's worst mass murder to make first court appearance, Toronto StarUnion to take fight over essential workers to court,…
  • Apr 21

    Was Revenue Canada’s case in the toilet?

    Was Revenue Canada’s case in the toilet?
    A British Columbia Supreme Court case has dealt with what evidence can be considered under solicitor-client privilege when Revenue Canada officials exercised a search warrant, rounding up more than 1,000 documents, including fragments from a…
Rank this Week: 568

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Toronto Estate Law Blog

Covers estate litigation, ethics, executors & trustees, succession planning and wills. Includes podcasts on estate and succession planning. By Hull & Hull.

http://estatelaw.hullandhull.com/
  • Apr 21

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney – OBA’s Power of Attorney Month

    The Importance of a Power of Attorney – OBA’s Power of Attorney Month
    Who will make decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself? It is almost inevitable that a point will come in your life when you can no longer make important decisions regarding your finances and personal care. By…
  • Apr 17

    OBA’s Make a Power of Attorney Month

    OBA’s Make a Power of Attorney Month
    At a recent press conference  held at Queen’s Park for the Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”), the OBA announced a new initiative in their partnership with the Trillium Gift of Life Network (“Trillium”). In…
  • Apr 16

    Di Michele v. Di Michele: A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the ensuing concern

    Di Michele v. Di Michele: A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the ensuing concern
    The scope of an estate trustee’s power has been highlighted in the recent April 3rd Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Di Michele v. Di Michele, and is causing concern among some practitioners in the field. In Di Michele v. Di Michele,…
Rank this Week: 531

Lawdiva's Blog

Lawdiva's Blog

Covers family law and criminal law in Canada. By Georgialee Lang.

http://lawdiva.wordpress.com
  • Apr 16

    Hetero Couple Divorce in Order to Remarry as Same-Sex Spouse

    Hetero Couple Divorce in Order to Remarry as Same-Sex Spouse
    Are you as confused as I am between sexual orientation and gender? Are you clear on what the difference is between transvestites, transsexuals, transgendered, or cross-dressers? Me too, I can’t figure it all out, but perhaps the story…
  • Apr 12

    Divorcee Bites the Hand that Feeds Her

    Divorcee Bites the Hand that Feeds Her
    We all know that it is unwise to “bite the hand that feeds you”. What that means in divorce litigation is that it would be foolish to tip off Revenue Canada or the IRS that your spouse is cheating them, at least until you have…
  • Apr 11

    Wife/Mother Uses 357 Magnum to Settle Score

    Wife/Mother Uses 357 Magnum to Settle Score
    Linda Cooney is a woman with a 357 caliber Magnum revolver and a penchant for shooting it. To date she has shot and killed her husband, James Cooney, an event that occurred 23 years ago, and most recently in 2011, her son, Kevin Cooney, who…
Rank this Week: 488

Canadian Privacy Law Blog

Canadian Privacy Law Blog

Covers developments in privacy law. By David T.S. Fraser.

http://blog.privacylawyer.ca/
  • Apr 14

    Sensitive mental health info goes into police databases, shared with US government

    Sensitive mental health info goes into police databases, shared with US government
    The Information and Privacy Commissioner has released her investigation report to allegations that Ontario police are routinely inputting sensitive mental health information into national police databases, which are not only accessible to all…
  • Apr 8

    Updates to Canadian federal privacy law tabled in the Senate

    Updates to Canadian federal privacy law tabled in the Senate
    As expected, the government has tabled amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, but this time in the Senate as Senate Government Bill - S-4. The highlights are breach notification and an exception to the…
  • Apr 4

    PIPEDA amendments coming next week to a Parliament near you

    PIPEDA amendments coming next week to a Parliament near you
    In a speech at the Digital Canada 150 Launch, Industry Minister James Moore hinted very strongly that amendments to Canada's private sector privacy law is just around the corner. From his speaking notes: Digital Canada 150 Launch - Canada…
Rank this Week: 530

The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist

Covers accounting, tax, financial issues, investments, boards of directors, governance, and laws concerning charities in Canada.

http://www.thephilanthropist.ca/index.php/phil
Rank this Week: 789

Excess Copyright

Excess Copyright

Covers the harm of excess copyright enforcement. By Howard Knopf.

http://excesscopyright.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 501

Canadian Trademark Blog

Canadian Trademark Blog

Commentary on Canadian trademarks & technology law. By Clark Wilson LLP.

http://trademarkblog.ca/
  • Apr 10

    Fumbling Towards Accession: Canadian government proposes massive trademark law overhaul

    Fumbling Towards Accession: Canadian government proposes massive trademark law overhaul
    This post is the first in a series discussing proposed changes to Canadian trademark law. The Canadian Government dropped a bombshell on the trademark community on March 28, 2014, proposing massive changes to the Canadian Trade-marks Act (the…
  • Feb 6

    Just in time for the Olympics – a Race to the Trademark Podium

    Just in time for the Olympics – a Race to the Trademark Podium
    As we approach the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has launched a lawsuit against outdoor apparel maker The North Face in the British Columbia Supreme…
  • Jan 28

    Canadian Government Tables 5 IP Treaties in the House of Common

    Canadian Government Tables 5 IP Treaties in the House of Common
    The Canadian Government tabled 5 intellectual law Treaties in the House of Commons on January 28, 2014.   The purpose of this action is for Canada to harmonize its trademark, patent and industrial design laws with those of many…
Rank this Week: 521

TN Visa Attorney Blog

TN Visa Attorney Blog

Covers TN visa and green cards for Canadian professionals. By Brian D. Zuccaro.

http://www.tnvisabulletin.com/nafta-tn-blog/
  • Apr 4

    TN Visa Approval - Systems Analyst, Degree Geology/Chemistry

    TN Visa Approval - Systems Analyst, Degree Geology/Chemistry
    TN VisaCase Info.Background:Citizen of Canada.TN Category:Computer Systems AnalystJob title / duties:Informatics Consultant. As the applicant's job title was not specifically Computer Systems Analyst, it was essential to include proof that…
  • Feb 10

    CBP Only Admitting Same-Sex Spouses under B-2 Statu

    CBP Only Admitting Same-Sex Spouses under B-2 Statu
    According to a recent liaison meeting with its Buffalo, NY office, USCBP does not have a formal, national policy in place yet addressing the admission to the U.S. of same-sex spouses who are dependents of individuals holding temporary visa…
  • Nov 11

    I-751 Green Card Approval for Former TN Visa Worker

    I-751 Green Card Approval for Former TN Visa Worker
    Green CardCase Info.Case History / Issues:Applicant was a Canadian citizen, and had held TN visa status. Applicant married a U.S. citizen, and our office assisted the applicant in obtaining a green card, which was issued on a conditional…
Rank this Week: 608

Canadian Toronto Immigration…

Canadian Toronto Immigration Lawyer Blog

Covers Canadian immigration law from a Toronto perspective. By Max Chaudhary.

http://chaudharylaw.com/blog
  • Mar 8

    Call Centre Adventures: Correct but Bad Advice is Common

    Call Centre Adventures: Correct but Bad Advice is Common
    A client with a permanent resident card renewal in progress sought advice from the call centre. The client explained to the call centre operator that he lodged his permanent resident card renewal application with solid proof of living in…
  • Feb 7

    Proposed Changes to Canadian Citizenship

    Proposed Changes to Canadian Citizenship
    Sweeping changes to Canada citizenship act were proposed by the government today. The highlights are as follows: The fee to Lodge an application for citizenship will be increased from $200-$400; The requirement to have a minimum of three…
  • Jan 15

    Parent Sponsorship 2014: A Lottery

    Parent Sponsorship 2014: A Lottery
    02/01/2014 marked the reopening of the parent sponsorship program by Canada’s immigration Department.  This followed a two-year freeze on sponsoring parents which dated back to November 2011. During November 2011, the immigration…
Rank this Week: 598

Data Governance Law

Data Governance Law

Covers anti-spam, privacy, records retention and e-commerce as related to data governance. By FMC Law.

http://www.datagovernancelaw.com/
  • Feb 24

    Copyright v. Privacy: Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe

    Copyright v. Privacy: Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe
      The recent Federal Court of Canada decision in Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe (2014 FC 161) has already received considerable attention for its approach to deterring so-called “copyright trolls”: plaintiffs…
  • Feb 22

    UK Information Commissioner Reappointed

    UK Information Commissioner Reappointed
    Christopher Graham, the UK Informaton Commissioner, has been reappointed for another two years. This follows from the end of his current term on 28 June 2014. It means he will have served 7 years in total. How time flies! The news came out on…
  • Feb 18

    FTC steps up enforcement action

    FTC steps up enforcement action
    Last week, the FTC announced that it had settled with a gaming company that falsely claimed to be certified under the US Safe Harbor.  The Safe Harbor agreement is a self-certification arrangement under which you can transfer personal…
Rank this Week: 770

Climate Change Law Practice Group…

Climate Change Law Practice Group Blog

Features news about Canadian renewable energy and sustainable developments. By Davis LLP.

http://www.davis.ca/en/blog/Climate-Change-Law-Practice-Group
  • Jun 28

    Obama Speaks About Conditions for Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

    Obama Speaks About Conditions for Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
    President Obama spoke on U.S. climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday. In this speech he commented, for the first time in months, on the Keystone XL pipeline which will carry crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries…
  • May 21

    Wallstreet Firm Eyes Renewables in Japan

    Wallstreet Firm Eyes Renewables in Japan
    Goldman Sachs announced today that it plans to invest as much as $490million (50 billion yen) in renewable energy projects in Japan over the next five years.  That's a lot!  Bloomberg reports that "the Wall Street firm also…
  • May 15

    Environment MInister says Canada Needs Better Price on Oil to Address Climate Change

    Environment MInister says Canada Needs Better Price on Oil to Address Climate Change
    Canada's Environment Minister, Peter Kent, told the Financial Post in an interview from London that "[t]he ability of the oil and gas sector to absorb tough government controls on their greenhouse gas emissions depends on Canada getting a…
Rank this Week: 676

Library Boy

Library Boy

Features legal research news. By Michel-Adrien Sheppard.

http://micheladrien.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 22

    Alberta Law Reform Institute Report on Beneficiary Designation by Substitute Decision Maker

    Alberta Law Reform Institute Report on Beneficiary Designation by Substitute Decision Maker
    The Alberta Law Reform Institute has released a report on Beneficiary Designation by Substitute Decision Makers that deals with the issue of who gets to designate beneficiaries of pension plans and insurance policies when the owner has lost…
  • Apr 22

    New Zealand Law Commission Issues Paper on Legal Proceedings Against the Crown

    New Zealand Law Commission Issues Paper on Legal Proceedings Against the Crown
    The Law Commission of New Zealand released an Issues Paper last week entitled A New Crown Civil Procedure Act for New Zealand which proposes a new law governing the ability of citizens to bring civil legal proceedings against the Crown and…
  • Apr 21

    Canadian Legal Publisher Price Trends 2014

    Canadian Legal Publisher Price Trends 2014
    Every year, the Vendor Liaison Committee of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians (CALL) compiles information about price trends for print and electronic Canadian law publications in the upcoming year.This totally passed me by during the…
Rank this Week: 2329

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 22

    Most Canadians are not aware of the tax benefits of charitable giving in their will

    Most Canadians are not aware of the tax benefits of charitable giving in their will
    I saw a Scotiabank news release today that contains some interesting facts. One in five people with a written will plan to leave some portion of their estate to charity. I find that number to be higher than I experienced in my own law…
  • Apr 18

    Eyes wide open - should you accept that executor appointment?

    Eyes wide open - should you accept that executor appointment?
    I'm attaching a link to a post by Ontario lawyer Corina Weigl, who blogs at www.allaboutestates.ca. In her article, Ms. Weigl talks about the fact that many executors and court-appointed administrators take on the assigned role without even…
  • Apr 18

    Beneficiaries got nothing when executor used the house for security - and lost it

    Beneficiaries got nothing when executor used the house for security - and lost it
    There is a new case from the Ontario Court of Appeal this month that I believe holds a really valuable lesson for beneficiaries. It's the case of DiMichele v. DiMichele. The facts, briefly, are that Mrs. DiMichele died in 1996, leaving her…
Rank this Week: 4790

Global Philanthropy

Global Philanthropy

Covers legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities. By Mark Blumberg.

http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/blog/
Rank this Week: 4044

Ontario Condo Law Blog

Ontario Condo Law Blog

Covers recent trends, court decisions, and condo-related news. By Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP.

http://www.ontariocondolaw.com/
  • Apr 22

    Powers of attorney essential for condo unit owner

    Powers of attorney essential for condo unit owner
    To encourage people to carefully consider and protect their families, assets and affairs, the Ontario Bar Association has made April its “Make a Power of Attorney Month.” A power of attorney (“POA”) is a legal document…
  • Mar 24

    Top 10 condo law cases of 2013

    Top 10 condo law cases of 2013
    Owing to a very busy and ice-storm-filled holiday season and an even busier start to 2014 , we have been late in releasing our annual top 10 condo law cases of the year gone by.   Mea culpa! In response to popular demand, here are…
  • Mar 8

    Join CCI’s Twitter chat on condo disputes this Tuesday

    Join CCI’s Twitter chat on condo disputes this Tuesday
    The Toronto chapter of Canadian Condominium Institute is hosting the first of hopefully many “Twitter Chats” this coming Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm. The topic of this inaugural session is condo dispute resolution, a topic near and…
Rank this Week: 1437

Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

http://www.canadiantaxlitigation.com/
  • Apr 22

    Emerging Markets: Non-EU Investment Funds Eligible for Withholding Tax Refund

    Emerging Markets: Non-EU Investment Funds Eligible for Withholding Tax Refund
    In Emerging Markets Series of DFA Investment Trust Company (C -190/12), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed that investment funds based outside the European Union (EU) should benefit from the EU free movement of capital rule…
  • Apr 17

    McIntyre: Not What You Bargained For?

    McIntyre: Not What You Bargained For?
    When are the parties to a civil tax dispute bound by agreed facts from a criminal proceeding? This was the question considered by the Tax Court of Canada on a Rule 58 motion made by the taxpayers in McIntrye et al v. The Queen (2014 TCC 111).…
  • Apr 4

    IRS: Bitcoin Not a Currency for Tax Purpose

    IRS: Bitcoin Not a Currency for Tax Purpose
    As expected, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has provided some guidance on the U.S. tax treatment of Bitcoin. In Notice 2014-21 (March 25, 2014), the IRS stated that Bitcoin is property and not currency for tax purposes. …
Rank this Week: 3309

The Stream: Courthouse Libraries…

The Stream: Courthouse Libraries BC Blog

Covers British Columbia and federal legislation, court rules, judicial appointments, notable cases, recent reports and articles, websites of interest to legal researchers, and library news.

http://prodtest.courthouselibrary.ca/training/stream.aspx
  • Apr 22

    Tricky Legislation: The Adult Guardianship Act

    Tricky Legislation: The Adult Guardianship Act
    In theory, it should not be a momentous task to find out if an Act is in force, but sometimes it really is.   If we resolve a particularly complicated piece of legislation, we know that there are others out there who may have…
  • Apr 15

    Legal information is going digital ... and the Library is too

    Legal information is going digital ... and the Library is too
    As so much of our world shifted to digital over the last two decades, law has been something of a hold out. When it comes to legal information, the “authoritativeness” of print has been slower to fade. Lawyers, as a profession,…
  • Mar 20

    WESA reading roundup

    WESA reading roundup
    With the March 31, 2014 coming into force date of the Wills, Estate and Succession Act, SBC 2009, c. 13 fast approaching, many practitioners are looking for quick ways to get up to speed. Here is a roundup of some tips and…
Rank this Week: 4173

Blogosaurus Lex

Blogosaurus Lex

By the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

http://www.cplea.ca/blog/
  • Apr 22

    The Neighbour Series Part 4: Shooting at Magpie

    The Neighbour Series Part 4: Shooting at Magpie
    The television series Friends was an iconic show that, oddly enough, touched on some interesting law-related issues.  In seasons 5 there was an episode where Phoebe and her police-officer boyfriend were rudely awakened by a squawking…
  • Apr 15

    Bench Press: Vampire Slayer Victim of a “cruel and unforgiving illness.”

    Bench Press: Vampire Slayer Victim of a “cruel and unforgiving illness.”
    Glen Race murdered two Halifax men in 2007. He pled guilty to both charges and then made an application to be found not criminally responsible (NCR). Mr. Justice Kevin Coady of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia reviewed the law and the legal…
  • Apr 11

    Free Legal Workshop: Your Rights at Work

    Free Legal Workshop: Your Rights at Work
    Learn about your rights in the workplace. Attend a free legal workshop by the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. Topics to be covered: Minimum Standards Harassment Human rights If you’re let go Where to get legal help And more!…
Rank this Week: 1973

Wise Law Blog

Wise Law Blog

Covers law and politics. By Garry J. Wise.

http://wiselaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 22

    140 Law - Legal Headlines for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    140 Law - Legal Headlines for Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Happy Earth Day!:Cheerios maker General Mills scraps plan to bar consumers from suing if they engage with it online Pa. lawyer pleads guilty to…
  • Apr 21

    140 Law - Legal Headlines for Monday, April 21, 2014

    140 Law - Legal Headlines for Monday, April 21, 2014
    Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Monday, April 21, 2014:Does Quebec Charter of French language prevent use of trade-marks in languages other than French?Daughter of lawyer who defended anti-gay Prop 8 comes…
  • Apr 17

    140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, April 17, 2014

    140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, April 17, 2014: A Star Quarterback Accused, and a Flawed Rape InvestigationCalling All Innovative Lawyers, Law Firms and Other Legal Service Providers! …
Rank this Week: 2391

All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Apr 22

    Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable

    Court of Appeal: Promise to Gift House to Son Unenforceable
    The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Kavanagh v. Lajoie serves as a reminder to folks on the receiving end of a promise not to count their chickens before they are hatched. In 2005, Mark Lajoie’s father promised to gift him a…
  • Apr 21

    DEDUCTIBILITY OF EXECUTOR EXPENSES

    DEDUCTIBILITY OF EXECUTOR EXPENSES
    An executor may incur expenses in the administration of an estate which may be reimbursed by the estate. Can the executor deduct any non-reimbursed expenses in arriving at his or her income for tax purposes?
  • Apr 17

    Eyes Wide Open II

    Eyes Wide Open II
    In my March 14th blog, Eyes Wide Open, I asked the question - why did the named executor ever agree to take on the administration. My blog was followed by a rhetorical answer meant to remind all of us – advisors and potential executors…
Rank this Week: 4589

Canadian Occupational Health and…

Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Law

Covers OHS laws and developments in Canada. By FMC Law.

http://www.occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com/
  • Apr 22

    Ontario Proposes Increasing “Distracted Driving” Fines – and Adding Demerit Point

    Ontario Proposes Increasing “Distracted Driving” Fines – and Adding Demerit Point
    Ontario’s government has introduced a Bill that would result in harsher penalties for distracted driving. The proposed amendments to the Highway Traffic Act would: -Increase the fine range from $60 – $500 to $300 – $1,000,…
  • Apr 17

    MOL Inspector’s “Unclear” Order Required School Board to Revise its Workplace Violence Policy

    MOL Inspector’s “Unclear” Order Required School Board to Revise its Workplace Violence Policy
    A Ministry of Labour inspector has ordered an Ontario school board to revise its workplace violence policy, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board has suspended that Order, calling it “unclear”. The inspector attended at a high…
  • Apr 15

    Corporate Director Fined under OHSA in Safety Belt Case

    Corporate Director Fined under OHSA in Safety Belt Case
    A corporate director of a stucco company has been fined $3,000.00 under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that workers used safety belts on elevated work platforms. An inspector caught workers not wearing…
Rank this Week: 3308

Alixe Cormick: Small Cap Lawyer

Alixe Cormick: Small Cap Lawyer

Focuses on Canadian and United States securities law matters of interest to micro and small cap companies.

http://www.alixecormick.com
  • Apr 21

    How Much Does an Offering Memorandum Cost?

    How Much Does an Offering Memorandum Cost?
    By Alixe Cormick Asking what the “all-in-costs” are for preparing an offering memorandum (an OM) is like asking how much it costs to build a house. A new 4,000 square foot custom-built house in West Vancouver, BC will cost more…
  • Apr 17

    Where You Can Find the Proposed Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Rules and Form

    Where You Can Find the Proposed Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Rules and Form
      By Alixe Cormick In Canada, two crowdfunding specific exemption proposals are out for public comment: a start-up crowdfunding exemption and an integrated crowdfunding exemption. Six provinces (including Saskatchewan) are…
  • Apr 15

    The Northwestern Exemption: How Unregistered Selling Agents (Finders) Sell Securities out West

    The Northwestern Exemption: How Unregistered Selling Agents (Finders) Sell Securities out West
      By Alixe Cormick Issuers need two exemptions when selling exempt market securities.  ONE exemption, which provides relief from the obligation to file a prospectus and register the securities to be sold,[1] and a SECOND…
Rank this Week: 1836

Canadian Appeals Monitor

Canadian Appeals Monitor

Covers upcoming and decided appeals of interest to Canadian businesses and professions. By McCarthy Tétrault LLP

http://www.canadianappeals.com
  • Apr 21

    Patent Law Historical Observations: Oil and Ga

    Patent Law Historical Observations: Oil and Ga
    By McCarthy Tétrault LLP The following article by Steven Tanner and Timothy Ellam may be of interest to readers of this blog: Patent Law Historical Observations: Oil and Gas We recently posted an article reviewing the year past in oil…
  • Apr 21

    This Week at the SCC (18/04/2014)

    This Week at the SCC (18/04/2014)
    By Hovsep Afarian A Commentary on Recent Legal Developments by the Opinions Group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP The Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal this week in two cases of interest to Canadian business. In Re Nortel…
  • Apr 13

    This Week at the SCC (11/04/2014)

    This Week at the SCC (11/04/2014)
    A Commentary on Recent Legal Developments by the Opinions Group of McCarthy Tétrault LLPBy Anthony Alexander This week, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in one case, and denied leave to appeal in two…
Rank this Week: 3722

Off the Shelf - The Osgood Hall…

Off the Shelf - The Osgood Hall Law School Library Blog

Covers developments in legal information and legal information technologies for research and practice.

http://libblog.osgoode.yorku.ca
  • Apr 21

    Oxford Handbooks Online

    Oxford Handbooks Online
    The Osgoode Library has acquired the complete collection of law-related Oxford Handbooks Online and the records for the individual titles have been uploaded to the online library catalogue. Oxford Handbooks Online brings…
  • Apr 21

    Recent Acquisitions, April 14 – April 21, 2014

    Recent Acquisitions, April 14 – April 21, 2014
    5 new acquisitions in Osgoode Hall Law School Library, including 3 from 2014: Les droits de l'homme dans la société actuelle :… Ligue des droits de l'homme (Montréal, Québec) JC 599 C2 L54 Les droits de…
  • Apr 14

    The Oxford Bibliographies Online

    The Oxford Bibliographies Online
    An experienced researcher knows the value of a well prepared subject bibliography. An annotated subject bibliography is usually prepared by leading scholars or librarians to provide other researchers with a selected or comprehensive list of…
Rank this Week: 4695

Employment and Labour Law

Employment and Labour Law

Covers employment law in Canada. BY FMC Law.

http://www.employmentandlabour.com
  • Apr 21

    Not Quite an Eye for an Eye – Judge rules that Employee’s “Kick in the Butt” Excuses Co-Worker’s Punch in the Mouth

    Not Quite an Eye for an Eye – Judge rules that Employee’s “Kick in the Butt” Excuses Co-Worker’s Punch in the Mouth
    Does a “kick in the butt” excuse a punch in the mouth? That was the question facing the Court in the recent case of Li v Furguson, 2013 CanLII 91746 (Ont. Sm. Cl. Ct.). Peng Li and Winston Furguson worked in the shipping and…
  • Apr 17

    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
    Employer avoids liability for harassing texts sent by rogue employee In an interesting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer is not liable for discriminatory and harassing texts sent by a rogue employee to…
  • Apr 14

    Upcoming Ontario Ministry of Labour blitze

    Upcoming Ontario Ministry of Labour blitze
    Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has announced several upcoming blitzes during which it will ensure that employers in specified industries are compliant with particular areas of concern under the Employment Standards Act, 2000…
Rank this Week: 3305

Canadian Competition & Antitrust…

Canadian Competition & Antitrust Law

Covers Canadian competition law. By by Steve Szentesi.

http://www.ipvancouverblog.com/
  • Apr 21

    Associations: “Why Adopt a Competition Compliance Program?”

    Associations: “Why Adopt a Competition Compliance Program?”
    April 20, 2014 Recently I was asked why an association should have a competition compliance program.  Sometimes I am asked why a company, association or other organization should have a compliance program.  And others, I am asked…
  • Apr 19

    Association Compliance: “Why Do We Need A Competition Compliance Program?”

    Association Compliance: “Why Do We Need A Competition Compliance Program?”
    April 19, 2014 Recently I was asked why an association should have a competition compliance program.  Sometimes I am asked why a company, association or other organization should have a compliance program.  And others, I am asked…
  • Apr 18

    Trade-marks: Proposed Changes to Canada’s Trademark Law

    Trade-marks: Proposed Changes to Canada’s Trademark Law
    April 18, 2014 Guest post by Andrei Mincov (Trademark Factory – reprinted with permission) As many of you know, the Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan 2014, No. 1. Among the changes to almost 40…
Rank this Week: 2946

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

Covers employment law for U.S. companies with employees in Canada: By Fasken Martineau.

http://blogs.hrhero.com/northernexposure/
  • Apr 20

    Expedited union elections: The Canadian experience

    Expedited union elections: The Canadian experience
    By Brian P. Smeenk Many Canadian provinces have in recent years transitioned to an expedited union certification vote system. Votes typically take place within five or 10 business days of a union application. From the perspective of Canadian…
  • Apr 13

    Court sends supervisor to jail

    Court sends supervisor to jail
    By Antonio Di Domenico We know that Canadian courts are increasingly more willing to impose significant six- and seven-figure fines on employers convicted of criminal workplace negligence or occupational health and safety violations. Indeed,…
  • Apr 6

    Minimum wage debate alive in Canada, too

    Minimum wage debate alive in Canada, too
    By Bonny Mak Waterfall Minimum wage increases may not be quite as controversial in Canada as they appear to be in the United States, but the issue is certainly alive. Four Canadian provinces and one territory have announced increases to their…
Rank this Week: 4752

Canadian Advertising and Marketing…

Canadian Advertising and Marketing Law

Covers Canadian advertising law. By Steve Szentesi.

http://www.canadianadvertisinglaw.com/
  • Apr 20

    Trade-marks: Guest Post: Proposed Changes to Canada’s Trademark Law

    Trade-marks: Guest Post: Proposed Changes to Canada’s Trademark Law
    Guest post by Andrei Mincov (Trademark Factory – reprinted with permission) As many of you know, the Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan 2014, No. 1. Among the changes to almost 40 different pieces…
  • Apr 17

    Trade-marks: Guest Post: Major Changes Coming to Canadian Trademark Law

    Trade-marks: Guest Post: Major Changes Coming to Canadian Trademark Law
    Guest post by John Simpson (Shift Law – reprinted with permission) Canada’s Trade-marks Act is about to undergo its most significant amendments since it was first enacted in 1953. Even the spelling of “trade-mark” will…
  • Apr 16

    Recent Facebook Changes to Crack Down on “Feed Spam”

    Recent Facebook Changes to Crack Down on “Feed Spam”
    April 16, 2014 Facebook recently announced some new changes to combat News Feed spam (see: News Feed FYI: Cleaning Up News Feed Spam).  In making the announcement, Facebook said: “The goal of News Feed is to deliver the right…
Rank this Week: 2944

Faculty Blog - Faculty of Law,…

Faculty Blog - Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

By Barbara Billingsley, Cameron Hutchison, Daniel Mol, David Cheifetz, Eran Kaplinsky, Eric Adam, Erin Nelson, James Muir, Lewis Klar, Q.C., Mark Amman, Moin A Yahya, Peter Carver, Russ Brown, Steven Penney

http://ualbertalaw.typepad.com/faculty/
  • Apr 20

    Don't Mess with Nolan Ryan!

    Don't Mess with Nolan Ryan!
    A new biography of the great Nolan Ryan by Rob Goldman has been released. This article discusses an excerpt from the book, which cemented Ryan's place in baseball history as one tough Texan pitcher! The article notes that "[d]uring…
  • Apr 17

    A Legend Passe

    A Legend Passe
    Leonard Rosen, one of the founding partners of the elite Wall Street law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz, has passed away at the age of 83.
  • Apr 16

    First Aboriginal Police Officer

    First Aboriginal Police Officer
    Edmonton Police Service is launching a digital comic series dedicated to telling the stories of their heroes. In their series is the tale of Canada's first aboriginal police officer Alex Decoteau: One hundred and thirteen years ago, Alex…
Rank this Week: 4516

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 19

    Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, Amending WESA, has Passed and Been Given Royal Assent

    Bill 14 - Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, Amending WESA, has Passed and Been Given Royal Assent
    Bill 14, which contains an amendment to section 2 (2) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act , has passed, and was given Royal Asset on April 9, 2014. Section 2 (2) sets out when people cease to be spouses for the purpose of the Act. You…
  • Apr 13

    Notice of Dispute

    Notice of Dispute
    In British Columbia, under the new probate rules, if you wish to dispute the validity of a will, and oppose a grant of probate or of administration of the will, you may file a notice of dispute before the Supreme Court of British Columbia…
  • Apr 6

    Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society

    Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society
    Margaret Anne Bentley lives in the Maplewood care facility in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999, and her condition has deteriorated to the point where she moves little, does not…
Rank this Week: 2114

Construction Law Canada

Construction Law Canada

Covers recent developments in construction law in Canada. By Thomas G. Heintzman.

http://www.constructionlawcanada.com/
  • Apr 19

    Does An Informal Agreement To Mediate Stop The Limitation Period From Running?

    Does An Informal Agreement To Mediate Stop The Limitation Period From Running?
    Mediation seems like apple juice:  no harm in taking it and it might do some good. But mediation has a trap: — the limitation period. If a party enters into mediation and lets the limitation period go by, then that’s real…
  • Apr 13

    Can An Entire Agreements Clause Make A Party To An Agreement Also A Party To Another Agreement?

    Can An Entire Agreements Clause Make A Party To An Agreement Also A Party To Another Agreement?
    In construction projects, there will often be several agreements between the various participants. Those agreements may contain “entire agreement” clauses to ensure that the parties are bound only by the terms of the agreement…
  • Mar 30

    The Traps And Perils Of Limitation Of Liability Clause

    The Traps And Perils Of Limitation Of Liability Clause
    In Swift v. Eleven Eleven Architecture Inc., the Alberta Court of Appeal recently considered the impact and scope of a limitation of liability clause in a consultant’s contract between an owner and the architects on a building project.…
Rank this Week: 2972

Heintzman ADR

Heintzman ADR

Discusses the nature and advantages of ADR and contains annalyses about recent case law dealing with ADR. By Thomas G. Heintzman.

http://www.heintzmanadr.com/
Rank this Week: 2694

Wagners Serious Injury Lawyer Blog

Wagners Serious Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers Nova Scotia personal injury cases and laws.

http://www.wagners.co/blog/
  • Apr 18

    Teen girl pleads guilty in Nova Scotia crash that killed teen boy

    Teen girl pleads guilty in Nova Scotia crash that killed teen boy
    A teenage girl took responsibility on April 9 for her actions in a car accident that killed a teenage boy in June 2013. The girl was driving the vehicle when the car accident happened in Richmond County. According to police,...
  • Apr 14

    Toyota Canada recalls more than 500,000 car

    Toyota Canada recalls more than 500,000 car
    Some owners of Toyota vehicles in Nova Scotia could soon find themselves affected by the company's recently announced recall. Toyota Canada has announced that 513,401 cars spanning a variety of models will be recalled due to potential…
  • Apr 10

    Medical Malpractice Decision on Difference Between Battery and Informed Consent

    Medical Malpractice Decision on Difference Between Battery and Informed Consent
    Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. They have a legal obligation to treat a patient in a manner that meets the standard of care. Where the doctor or nurse fails to meet the...
Rank this Week: 3196

Copyright, Intellectual Property,…

Copyright, Intellectual Property, Computer, Internet, e-Commerce Law

Covers IP/IT law, with a strong focus on copyright and internet law. By Barry Sookman.

http://www.barrysookman.com
  • Apr 18

    Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-04-17

    Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-04-17
    Conviction under DMCA for selling mod chips US v. SILVIUS, Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit 2014 http://t.co/qw8bs0GNAv -> Right to publish by electronic means includes ebooks HARPERCOLLINS v. OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED SD New York 2014…
  • Apr 17

    Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-04-16

    Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-04-16
    Premier League drops copyright infringement case against YouTube http://t.co/ZXQqZOGLz1 -> All sent and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google http://t.co/hG71XrEZmI -> Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation?…
  • Apr 16

    Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-04-15

    Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2014-04-15
    What is use of a trade mark in the internet context? McMillan LLP v http://t.co/Qg3hLmt1TO, Inc, 2014 TMOB 51 http://t.co/1sks1olqKI -> 1 in 5 U.S. internet users have had sensitive data stolen http://t.co/2750asDQaF -> Illegal download…
Rank this Week: 1754

Bankruptcy Advice Blog

Bankruptcy Advice Blog

Covers bankruptcy in Ontario, Canada. By Bankruptcy Ontario.

http://bankruptcy-ontario.org/bankruptcy-advice/
  • Apr 18

    How Will I Know Which Debts Were Discharged by my Bankruptcy?

    How Will I Know Which Debts Were Discharged by my Bankruptcy?
    If you are a first-time bankrupt, you will receive an automatic discharge nine months plus a day after your date of filing, assuming you owe no surplus income. During your bankruptcy you make payments to your trustee and may surrender some…
  • Apr 11

    What Happens if You Receive a Gift During Bankruptcy?

    What Happens if You Receive a Gift During Bankruptcy?
    You are in the middle of your bankruptcy and the unexpected happens. You receive a large gift. You don’t remember the trustee telling you about this and you are afraid to call the trustee. What will happen? Your trustee should have…
  • Apr 4

    How Many Times can I Declare Personal Bankruptcy in Ontario?

    How Many Times can I Declare Personal Bankruptcy in Ontario?
    While there is no provincial law that lays down how many times an individual might declare bankruptcy in Ontario, it’s important to note the repercussions with each subsequent filing. It Takes Longer and Costs More Where a so-called…
Rank this Week: 1838

eQuibbly

eQuibbly

Covers online dispute resolution.

http://equibbly.wordpress.com/
  • Apr 17

    The Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation Explained

    The Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation Explained
    Most people have likely heard the terms Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Arbitration, and Mediation mentioned in different contexts, but many may not know exactly what they are and how they differ. “Alternative Dispute…
  • Apr 10

    Now Official Court Judges can Decide Your Case Online

    Now Official Court Judges can Decide Your Case Online
    eQuibbly Relaunch After many months of quietly re-engineering our web app and our services, we are very pleased to announce the grand re-launch of eQuibbly.com with new features, new services and a revamped user interface that will make it…
  • Apr 9

    Cost of Small Claims Court vs. Online Arbitration

    Cost of Small Claims Court vs. Online Arbitration
    There is a common misconception that using small claims court is an easy, quick and cheap way of resolving a dispute. The reality is that it is not easy, nor quick, nor cheap. Although there are many other compelling reasons to use online…
Rank this Week: 3273

Canada Employment & Labour Law…

Canada Employment & Labour Law Blog

Covers Canadian employment law issues. By Minken Employment Lawyers.

http://www.minkenemploymentlawyers.com/category/blog/
Rank this Week: 1794