I want to do a little bragging today (on behalf of a number of people). Yesterday (November 24, 2008), the Attorney General introduced in the Legislature reforms to family law, including on division of pensions on marital breakdown. Now, this was a project the LCO undertook a year ago. . . . [more]
Archive for November, 2008
The internal policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission concerning the accommodation of mental illness has been published [PDF] by that organization as a model that may prove helpful in the development of such a policy by other organizations.
Yesterday saw the release of Windsor Law Professor Richard Moon’s long-awaited report on Internet Hate Speech and the jurisdiction of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The principal recommendation of this report is that section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act be repealed so that the censorship of Internet hate speech is dealt with exclusively by the criminal law.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has described the Moon report “an important contribution” to the discussion . . . [more]
♫ So you want to be a leader
See how high you can climb
If you want to be a leader
It takes guts and sweat and time
Can you take it on your shoulders
Be proud and strong and free
Can you look them in the eye and say
Come this way follow me…♫
Words and music by ImprovAndy
Winston Churchill once said: “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” These are dark days and the gloom is growing darker. Economies are faltering world-wide, industries and corporations are looking for bailouts . . . [more]
This week’s Minnesota Lawyer brings the debate into sharp focus with discussions of a recent case that appears to have been buried, despite its value. The case involved whether punitive damages could be awarded in defamation cases.
In Canada, the proliferation of electronically accessible case law of dubious value makes one nostalgic for the days when a stroke of the DLR editor’s pen could consign such case law to non-existence. . . . [more]
There’s a possibly apocryphal story of Lord Denning MR changing his mind on who won an appeal after the judgment had been released to the WLR so that the WLR version has the plaintiff winning 2-1 while the All ER version had the defendant winning 2-1. [Challenge to those who have free access to Lexis – was there such a case?]
But this week’s Lawyer’s Weekly refers to a case being redacted by the Supreme Court of Canada after it had been released. The deletion was a reference to the Federal Government’s withdrawal from the Charter Challenges programme.
The counsel . . . [more]
From national politics let’s turn our sights to the local variety: Bob LeDrew over at Flacklife has picked up the newsdurhamregion.com story of Oshawa City Councillor Robert Lutczyk who claims to hold the copyright on the name “University of Ontario Institute of Technology” among other names. Thing is, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology already existed before he supposedly copyrighted the name in 2005. . . . [more]
On Friday, Google launched its “SearchWiki,” a way of customizing your own search results. I gather that they’re rolling it out according to some pattern, which means you may not see this feature in your results for a few days yet.
What you will see is illustrated below:
If, for example, Slaw hadn’t come up top in my results in a search for “slaw,” I could have moved it up there with the arrow, and ever after it would be first. For me. Which is what I don’t quite get: why exactly would I want to fix the results of . . . [more]
Everything I know about social media I learned from PR professionals in my brief career in that field prior to law.
Neville Hobson (a social media guru in the U.K. who hosts one of my first podcast subscriptions, For Immediate Release) launched an RSS feed yesterday that combined over 60 of the best PR blogs around the world.
I thought it was a great idea, so I . . . [more]
Back in September I posted about the imminent launch of Europeana, the digital library, museum and archive that will share Europe’s cultural objects online with Europe and the world. Well, it launched on November 20, as scheduled, got 10,000,000 hits an hour and crashed. The site is now down until some time in December, we’re told, when it will return in a more robust form and ready for the huge digital crowds that clearly want in. Ah, the tribulations of success.
The Register has an interesting report on crimes in virtual worlds.
Quoth the author of the study: “While annual real-money sales of virtual goods is estimated at nearly €2bn ($2.51bn) worldwide, users can do very little if their virtual property is stolen. They are a very soft target for cybercriminals.”
There is of course an action plan – indeed a 12-step program – one step of which is “Clarification of virtual property . . . [more]
This sounds like part of a law school exam question: The (US) government files an indictment against an outlaw biker gang and seeks forfeiture of its assets. Among those assets are a registered trade-mark for the name of the gang and a distinctive logo. The services with which the trade-mark is associated include, in code, operating biker gang (actually “ASSOCIATION SERVICES, NAMELY, PROMOTING THE INTERESTS OF PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE RECREATION OF RIDING MOTORCYCLES“). The prosecutor says that once the mark is forfeited, police can seize bikers’ colours as trade-mark infringement. Discuss.
I’m not going to give away . . . [more]