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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 sixty recent 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. Social Media for Law Firms 2. Canadian Privacy Law Blog  3. Ontario Condo Law Blog 4. Michael Spratt 5. Canadian Securities Law

Social Media for Law Firms
Why Google Wants to Rank Facts Instead of Links

According to recent news across the web, Google wants to rank websites based on facts instead of links. This makes sense as Google’s main goal is to provide searchers with the most relevant search results. Currently, Google’s algorithm includes counting the number of incoming links to a website as a valuation for quality. The higher the number, the higher it will appear in search results. The downside of this system is that there are websites full of misinformation that place high due to their massive amount of incoming links. …

Canadian Privacy Law Blog
The disaster of the Nova Scotia cyberbullying law; it’s time to go back to the drawing board

I often represent victims of true cyberbullying, including adults whose lives have been turned upside down by malicious online actors, so I am very sympathetic to the nominal goals of Nova Scotia’s Cyber-safety Act. But the legislation fails to take into account — in any way — that all expression is protected by the Charter and can only be regulated or suppressed by reasonable limits, prescribed by law. The legislation is defective and has been enforced by the province in a manner that only makes it worse. …

Ontario Condo Law Blog
The common expenses conundrum

Many people who work with condominiums raised an eyebrow after reading a recent Toronto Star story entitled “Maintenance fees take a toll on Toronto condo owners.” The piece highlights the divergent philosophies about the interplay between common expenses and market values and the growing trend towards gathering, tracking and comparing common expenses data from building to building. Most notably, it cites the example of a local condominium that reduced its common expenses by 30% (probably by slashing contributions to the reserve fund) and is now witnessing a boom in unit resale values compared to nearby condos. …

Michael Spratt
Assisted Suicide and Terrorism: Political Red Light Green Light

Some issues are so important and so controversial, says our government, that extensive consultation and analysis are a prerequisite for any legislation. But not when it comes to terrorism laws that encroach on civil liberties. Two separate and distinct debates on Parliament Hill are the latest example of the government’s distasteful politicking. On Tuesday a Liberal motion was debated that if successful (surprise – it wasn’t) would have sent the issue of physician assisted death to a special committee for study. Examination of doctor assisted death is urgently needed. …

Canadian Securities Law
CSA release 2014 Enforcement Report

The Canadian Securities Administrators recently released their 2014 Enforcement Report, which provides a summary of the enforcement actions undertaken by CSA members over the past year. According to the report, CSA member staff initiated 105 proceedings in 2014, involving 189 individuals and 92 companies. The most common offences for which proceedings were commenced included charges of illegal distribution, fraud, market manipulation and misconduct by registrants. …
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