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This Week’s Biotech Highlights

Well, Dylan said it and December made it true: “accept it that soon, You’ll be drenched to the bone.” Winter finally arrived in Toronto, and in the world of biotech, it did feel like The Times They Are A-Changin’.

It may not have been “a battle outside,” but the Canadian Science Policy Conference did shake some windows and rattle some walls in October; and as of this week, you can check out the audio and video recorded there including Bruce Alberts and Preston Manning.

Dylan’s verse for “writers and critics” said “don’t speak too soon,” but for biotech founders toiling . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

ABA Techshow 2010 Schedule Released

In case you overlooked it in our selected #slawca retweets from last week, the ABA Techshow 2010 schedule has been released. ABA Techshow will be taking place March 25-27, 2010 in Chicago. View the quick web version of the schedule (session titles only, speakers aren’t listed here) or download the PDF schedule and registration info. Keynote is Ari Kaplan: “The New Big Bang – The Convergence of Technology and Marketing”. Faculty from our Slaw community and the larger Canadian legal industry include:

  • Joel Alleyne
  • David Bilinsky
  • Jean-François DeRico
  • Peg Duncan
  • Dominic Jaar
  • Nils Jensen
  • Steven Matthews
  • Donna S.M.
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Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Miscellaneous, Substantive Law, Technology

An Opportunity to Serve

Volunteers are still need through the holiday period for the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program run out of the cafeteria at Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto. Most everyone at one time or another has thought of volunteering and this may be the opportunity to do something that you have always wanted to do but never quite got around to it.

There is a particular need for help at the special holiday dinner this Wednesday, the 16th of December, when over 600 guests are expected. Dinner is served starting at 4:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed as early as 1:30 p.m. to . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

ABA Custom Search Engine

The American Bar Association’s Technology Resource Center has launched a search engine that enables you to search the “free full-text of over 300 online law reviews and law journals” as well as some additional material. There is a list of sources searched on the page where you’ll find the search box.

Because the search facility was constructed using Google Custom Search, it only searches those resources made available online by the journals and indexed by Google. The historical depth of such material will vary greatly, of course, from journal to journal.

Sensibly, perhaps, the sources look to be all from . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

The Globalive Decision: What’s Next for the Telecom Ownership Regime?

The Canadian Government stunned the telecom sector last Friday when it overturned the CRTC’s October 2009 ruling that Globalive Wireless Management Corp. was not Canadian-owned and controlled as required by section 16 of the Telecommunications Act. The variance is effective immediately which means that it’s now clear sailing for Globalive’s entry into the Canadian wireless telecommunications market. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Slaw Retweets 7-13/12/09

Herewith a few interesting tweets encountered by me and others during the past week. Please join us in sharing the best of Twitter: simply tag your tweets or retweets with #slawca.

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Posted in: Slaw Retweets

Olympic Protesters’ Legal Guide

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), an organization that assists lawyers around the world who themselves defend human rights, has published a “Protesters’ Guide to the Law of Civil Disobedience in British Columbia – Olympic Edition” [PDF].

The forty-three-page guide is anything but a sketchy pamphlet for marchers on the front line; it’s a serious, accessible, and well-written handbook. Produced by Leo McGrady originally in 1970 in connection with protests against the Vietnam war, according to a story in the Globe and Mail, and updated a number of times since then, it aims to

. . . inform

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Posted in: Legal Information, Practice of Law, Substantive Law

Clawbies Facelift for 2009

Following up on Connie’s post (thanks!) earlier this week, I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the 2009 nomination season!

We’ve got one more fun item to announce… a new look for the site! Please drop by & have a look. And if you haven’t done so already, consider endorsing your own favourite bloggers!

Happy holidays!
Steve . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Torture and State Immunity: The Difficult Case of Zahra Kazemi

“[T]his regrettable result is a necessary consequence of Canada’s commitment to policies of international comity and reciprocity. Any time sovereign immunity is asserted, the inevitable result is that certain domestic parties will be left without legal recourse. This is a policy choice implicit in the Act itself.”

Re Canada Labour Code, [1992] 2 S.C.R. 50 at 91, per La Forest J.

Last week, in a Montreal courtroom, Justice La Forest’s observation was put to the test. For the past three and a half years, Stephan Hashemi, the son of the late Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, has been seeking to . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Foreign Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Part II: Privacy & Social Media: Poked & Pwned

I posted earlier this week (see Privacy, Social Media, Targeting and Marketing: Poked and Pwnd) about recent updates on privacy practices online. Noted was Facebook’s announcement that users would be asked to update their settings to allow better and easier controls for users over their posted information. Facebook users were certainly asked yesterday to update their settings: but I had to blink twice. The update screen gave the choice (i) to keep the user’s old, often customized settings (e.g. restricted to friends only and/or with other customizations for restricted access) or (ii) to allow viewers to access more information . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

The Friday Fillip

Well, it’s here. Winter, that is. And along with it that white stuff, which has now touched down in most of the country, if only briefly. I thought we might pay a little attention to snow, in particular snow seen up-close (and virtual). But before we get to the flakes, some brute snow facts that might delight the skiers amongst you and cause the rest of us to shudder.

A lot of it falls each year — more than the army could remove, even if called in promptly. An estimate has a million billion cubic feet of snow lands on

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Supporting Creative Commons

Lawrence Lessig has put out a call to make a donation to support Creative Commons. From his request:

About 8 years ago, a bunch of us started thinking about how we might make the current system of copyright work better. We wanted a voluntary system that would give people a simple way to signal the freedom they wanted their creative work to carry, so their work would say legally what most took the Net to say implicitly — share this. The result was Creative Commons, born December 16, 2002.

None of us imagined then just how quickly the idea

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Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law