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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 more than 80 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. Great LEXpectations 2. The Court 3. Erin Cowling 4. Canadian Privacy Law Blog OK  5. Barry Sookman

Great LEXpectations
It’s #clawbie2018 Time!

The Canadian Law Blog Awards, or Clawbies, have opened for 2018! What? You’re not familiar with a Clawbie? How can that be? They’ve been around for 13 years! The Clawbies are an opportunity to celebrate law-related publications. While focussed on the written word, they also include podcasts and other forms of media. If there’s something you listen or read regularly that you think should be recognized, be sure to tweet about it with the hashtag #clawbie2018. …

The Court
R v Cyr-Langlois . : What does it take to rebut the presumption of reliability?

In 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada [“SCC” or “the Court”] heard three appeals dealing with various aspects of impaired driving proceedings. The first two were both heard in February, and decisions were released in late October. In R v Awashish, 2018 SCC 45 [“Awashish”], the Court considered the common law remedy of certiorari and its availability against interlocutory judgments (see TheCourt.ca’s post on the case here). …

Erin Cowling
WOMEN LEADING IN LAW: Melissa McBain

This profile, featuring Melissa McBain a partner at Daoust Vukovich LLP, came about thanks to The Advocates’ Society End of Term Dinner this year. A lawyer at my table, Daniel Waldman, told me he enjoyed reading my blog (*blush*) and that Melissa would be the perfect lawyer to profile in this series. I agree. Read on to learn more about Melissa, her career and her advice to new lawyers:

Canadian Privacy Law Blog OK
Presentation: Obtaining digital evidence

This week, I was pleased to be asked to be on a panel with Daniela Bassan on digital evidence for the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Annual Conference. I spoke about the mechanics of trying to gather and preserve digital (mainly online) information, and Daniela spoke about the process of getting court orders to preserve and access information from third parties. …

Barry Sookman
Norms for copyright reform: my submission to the INDU Committee

Here is my submission to the INDU Committee conducting the s.92 review of the Copyright Act. It is based on my remarks made to the Committee when I appeared before it on December 3, 2018. My remarks to the Committee and answers to questions can be accessed on Parvu. …

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