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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from thirty-five 2010 & 2011 CLawBie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Canadian Securities Law  2. Finding Legal Information  3. First Reference  4. Environmental Law and Litigation  5. Avoid a Claim

Canadian Securities Law
CSA propose consolidation of SEDAR and NRD system fees
The CSA yesterday published a proposed new national instrument to consolidate and replace the existing system fee schedules found in the SEDAR Filer Manual and NRD User Guide. According to the CSA, the amendments would result in system fees declining in about 40% of SEDAR filing situations and 24% of NRD filing situations. No significant changes to the payment process, however, are expected from a user perspective. . . .

Finding Legal Information
ZeroPC Makes Cloud Information Management Easier
I am starting to see more about cloud desktops: virtual operating systems that you access through your browser that look like your normal desktop computer. ZeroPC caught my eye because it offers some of the information management tools that I think are important for lawyers managing information with cloud-based services. It has the added benefit of additional tools although it is not rich enough a desktop OS for a lawyer to rely on. . . .

First Reference
So when is a threat just cause for dismissal?
A recent decision rendered by an Ontario Arbitrator raises questions about the hard line that seemed to have been taken by adjudicators as a result of An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to violence and harassment in the workplace and other matters (formerly Bill 168), which amended the Occupational Health & Safety Act in order to address workplace violence and harassment. . . .

Environmental Law and Litigation
Off shore wind law suit not dead yet
Trillium Wind Power Corporation’s lawsuit against the province may not be over yet. Trillium was one of the companies planning to build an off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario. They invested heavily, totalling $5.3 million, based on the Green Energy Act, the Feed in Tariff, and direct encouragement by senior members of the provincial government. These investments were thrown away in February 2011 when the provincial government announced its “moratorium” of all off-shore wind projects, just as Trillium was about to close its financing. . . .

Avoid a Claim
Fraud warning from a U.S. title insurance company
This is a warning from a U.S. title insurance company, advising that fraudsters are impersonating the company in an attempt to get real estate lawyers to divulge bank account information. This is less of an issue for Canadian real estate lawyers who still handle the transfer of money themselves (rather than using title insurer software), but it shows that criminal organizations are always trying to come up with new ways to dupe lawyers. . . .
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