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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. Legal Post Blog 2. Precedent: The New Rules of Law and Style 3. Michael Geist 4. Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog 5. Jumping off the Ivory Tower Podcast

Legal Post Blog
2019 finalists for the Canadian General Counsel Awards unveiled

Karin McCaskill, former senior vice-president, general counsel, and secretary of Sobeys Inc.’s parent company Empire Co., will receive the BLG Stephen Sigurdson Lifetime Achievement award at the 2019 Canadian General Counsel Awards ceremony in June. …

Precedent: The New Rules of Law and Style
These three lawyers left top firms to join the world of legalized pot

Cannabis is the oldest new industry going. We’ve been consuming the plant for at least 10,000 years, but we’ve never done it quite the way we’re doing it today. Last October, the federal Cannabis Act went into effect, making recreational weed legal countrywide. In a flash, a business that was once the domain of hippie growers and back-alley dealers is now passing into the hands of horticulturalists, retailers, lifestyle brands and savvy investors. And all of them are looking for lawyers. …

Michael Geist
Does Canadian Privacy Law Matter if it Can’t be Enforced?

It has long been an article of faith among privacy watchers that Canada features better privacy protection than the United States. While the U.S. relies on binding enforcement of privacy policies alongside limited sector-specific rules for children and video rentals, Canada’s private sector privacy law (PIPEDA or the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), which applies broadly to all commercial activities, has received the European Union’s stamp of approval, and has a privacy commissioner charged with investigating complaints. …

Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog
Real Pleadings: Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Systemic Discrimination in Public Service

A Toronto Star story today describes an interesting lawsuit filed by two women employed in the Ontario public service who allege a pattern of systemic discrimination against black employees dating back years. Here is the plaintiff’s statement of claim. It is an interesting read. The lawsuit alleges that, “Anti-Black racism, and racism in general, along with white privilege and white supremacy, are pervasive and entrenched within the OPS”. There is a lot of explosive language like that in the statement of claim, …

Jumping off the Ivory Tower Podcast
Can BC Lead The Way On Paralegals?

The scope of practice for paralegals, especially to help family litigants, has become a central issue in the debate over A2J in Canada. In this episode, Nancy Merrill, a family lawyer and mediator, and now the President of the BC Law Society, talks about her vision for expanding alternative legal services in BC, and her hopes for change. …

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