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Archive for May, 2010

Test Your ID Theft Risk

The Canadian Privacy Commissioner posted a link to a short test to see how you fare in minimizing the risk of ID theft that is on a website managed by the Australian Privacy Commissioner.

This was created for Privacy Awareness Week, which is an annual promotion by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) forum which includes the Privacy Commissioners of British Columbia and Canada.

It looks at things such as what’s in your wallet, online shopping, and credit/debit card use.

It’s worth spending the couple of minutes it takes to complete. My challenge to you is to act on at . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Anonymity in Defamation Cases

As many Slaw readers will already know from the extensive coverage this has received, the Ontario Divisional Court released an important ruling in Warman v. Wilkins-Fournier, a case in which Richard Warman is suing a number of persons for defamation. Warman had tried to get the court to compel disclosure from one of the defendants of information that would help identify various other defendants who had posted on anonymously on the internet message board run by the first defendant.

The court overturned a ruling by the trier of the motion to compel disclosure and sent the matter back for . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Tweets Are Almost the New Quotes

Yesterday the official Twitter blog announced that they would be releasing a feature allowing embedded Tweets, similar to how we embed YouTube videos.

Earlier today the feature went live on a site called Blackbird Pie,

The origin of the script is both self- and user-centered. Mostly, we just think it’s a pain to take screen grabs of tweets. But of course we also think it’s a much better user experience to have @-mentions, hashtags and the account itself all linked and clickable.

I’ve played with a little bit, and there still seems to be some bugs. For example, the . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Cloud Computing: Google’s Knowledge Sharing Solution

I recently attended the KMWorld web event “Developing a Knowledge Sharing Culture in the 21st Century.” The speaker, Ashley Gorringe from Google Enterprise, provided some insights into Google’s vision of cloud computing and how it can create a culture that allows all aspects of an organization to move insync. Here are some highlights from the discussion:

Characteristics of work tools that are designed for today’s knowledge worker:

  • Utilize the power of networks. Must be social.
  • Not tied to a desktop computer.
  • Can access information and projects very quickly.
  • Must work on mobile devices.
  • Access information anytime and from anywhere.
. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

Margaret A. Banks (1928-2010)

We note with sadness the passing of Margaret Banks the Doyenne of Canada’s law librarians. She died on Thursday at the age of 81. Slaw readers of a certain age will remember her meticulous work “Using a law library: a guide for students and lawyers in the common law provinces of Canada” which went through six editions between 1974 and 1994. . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Draft Alberta Rules of Court Now Available

There is a draft copy of the new Alberta Rules of Court available.

As you learned from Slaw the new Rules of Court are scheduled to come into force on November 1, 2010.

There is this big caveat to be aware of:

Please note: This draft of the new Alberta Rules of Court is provided for information purposes only, and is subject to further revision. The new Alberta Rules of Court have not yet received the final recommendation of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, nor has the regulation been made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Reference

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Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

KMers – the Weekly Knowledge Management Chat

A number of groups have taken to Twitter for weekly scheduled chats. The conversation from everyone (whether you have them in your Twitter contacts list or not) is pulled together with a designated tag. Of course, this only works if you have a public Twitter account; with closed accounts only those who follow you will see your part of the conversation.

One of the latest entries into the Twitter chat arena is KMers, organized by Robert Swanwick, affectionately known to everyone as Swan. KMers covers topics in the area of Knowledge Management.

Previous chat events have included:

. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

Much excitement in the lead-up to BIO 2010, the international biotechnology convention being held this week in Chicago.

The Ministry of Research and Innovation released a new Life Sciences Commercialization Strategy, which explains where at least part of their recent budget increase will be going. We’ll see how it’s received at BIO over the next few days.

At least some of the biotech trends we’ve been following at the Cross-Border Biotech Blog will receive a warm reception at BIO this week: the conference features sessions on commercialization by non-profit foundations, comparative effectiveness and personalized medicine, follow-on . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

A Career in Law: Defining Success on Your Own Terms

I am in the process of preparing for the upcoming CBA BC Branch Women Lawyers Forum event Defining Moments – Leadership and Ethics. I am presenting on “Defining Success on Your Own Terms,” which is an interesting exercise. What is success anyway? I know what success does not look like – for me, pretty much most of 2003.

When I started law school in 1997, I was spurred by an interest in public affairs and advocacy for women and children. By 2003, I found myself as an associate in the commercial real estate group of a large law firm, . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Practice of Law

Publication Ban in “Stafford” Murder Trial

The recent decision of Justice Dougald McDermid to impose a temporary publication ban in the trial of those accused of murdering Victoria Stafford has caused a considerable furore. (See the Star story.) According to McDermid’s order the press may only say the following:

As we previously reported, Terri-Lynne McClintic was scheduled to appear on April 30, 2010, in the Superior Court of Justice at Woodstock but because of a temporary publication ban, we are prohibited by court order from providing any further information until further order of the court.

Speculation is that whatever is being suppressed will in fact wind . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Fear of Assault Charges Dissuades Good Samaritans

The City of Toronto is gearing up for its mayoral elections over the next few months, and public transit tops the list for issues of public interest. But one incident on the Toronto subway system has residents worried about safety.

On Apr. 24 at 8:30 p.m., 79-year-old Yusuf Hizel was traveling eastbound on the Bloor-Danforth line when he was assaulted by two individuals who took his wallet. Although the train was full, nobody intervened or attempted to obtain assistance from subway officials. The incident appears to have happened relatively quickly, which may have also limited the ability of other . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

New Columnists, New Format Coming

In just over two weeks’ time we’ll be changing the design and layout of Slaw. It’s been three years since our last makeover, so we’re due to be visually freshened up.

But more exciting is the fact that we’ll be introducing many new columnists and giving them, well, a column of their own. We’ve sought out experts to write for you on a number of broad themes. You can expect a column a week on each of the following: the Practice of Law, Legal Technology, Outsourcing, Legal Marketing, Legal Information, Justice Issues, and Legal Publishing. As well, of course, our . . . [more]

Posted in: ed hoc