Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monthly Archives: January 2014

Alberta PIPA: Coming Back to Life

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Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), because it violates a union’s freedom of expression by restricting a union’s ability to collect, use or disclose personal information during the course of a lawful strike. The Supreme Court emphasized the need for balance – specifically, a union’s constitutional right to freedom of expression must be balanced with the privacy interests protected by the privacy legislation. On January 14th, the Privacy Commissioner of …

Research Resources for Do-It-Yourself non-lawyers

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At Small Claims court, I’ve encountered ambitious non-lawyer litigants who attempt to conduct his or her own legal research. For those who wish to Do-It-Yourself, I’ve consolidated some of the most common web resources that I use in my own practice and placed them in the menu tab to the left titled, “Legal Resources”.  I’ve also linked to it: here. Happy researching!

Bullet-Proofing your IT Law Practice: Professionalism and Ethics

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Late last year, I assisted with authoring a summary of a panel discussion on Professionalism and Ethics hosted by the Technology division of the Ontario Bar Association.  Complex issues were discussed surrounding Limited Scope Retainers and Confidentiality such as: How much knowledge can a Lawyer apply that he or she has garnered from previous transactions? At what point does applying past knowledge become a breach of the confidentiality he or she has established with previous clients? How does a lawyer …

Cybersecurity Considerations for Public Companies

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An interesting cybersecurity article I had assisted with has been published in Osler’s Corporate Review, and picked up by both Lexology, and the Risk & Compliance Report section of the online Wall Street Journal. This is a worthwhile read for those following cybersecurity developments by following the links above.  

Mandela and Success

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Often we look to the great heroes of our time for inspiration, and undeniably, Nelson Mandela is a hero among such heroes. The Economist, a magazine that often reserves a one page obituary, dedicated three pages to commemorate Mandela’s lifelong fight against an unacceptable model of racial segregation that was the Apartheid in their December 14-20th issue. However, the obituary also chronicled Mandela’s three marriages (2 failed).  Politics, his first wife Evelyn said, was his “all-absorbing concern”. Winnie, his second …