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Archive for September, 2013

Canadian Shark?

Occasionally here at SLAW I feel the need to represent the East Coast with an appropriately themed post. Earlier this week an interesting event happened when a Greenland Shark was brought back to Halifax in order to be examined. Why is this interesting? Because this is a shark that can grow over 6 metres in length, weigh over 2000 lbs, (perhaps larger than Great Whites) and we (meaning science type folk) know virtually nothing about it! This animal lives in the coldest, deepest parts of the ocean and a study from the 50’s estimated that they could live to be . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Substantive Law: Legislation

Hockey Goons With a Future in Law?

Slaw readers who are also hockey fans might be aware of this new NHL penalty: 2 minutes for removing your helmet before a fight.

Well, last night we were given a little reminder to “not judge a pugilist book by its cover”; along with “the code” among hockey fighters. Not impressed with the new rule, Krys Barch of the Islanders and Brett Gallant of the Devils found themselves a loophole — they took each other’s helmets off. Here’s the video clip:

Given the number of physical gestures leading up to the fight, one would assume they hadn’t discussed the . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Don’t Wait for a Crisis to Make a Crisis Communications Plan

In my last column I talked about building reputations by being quoted in the media (proactive media relations). However, when you’re involved in something of interest to the media, it’s not always good news. Reputations can be threatened as well as made by media coverage. Reactive media relations involves the careful management of reputations, whether on behalf of a client, a lawyer, a practice group, or the whole firm.

How often does something occur in a law firm that unleashes the hounds of the media? More often than you might think. I had no trouble recalling ten examples from my . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Marketing

The Friday Fillip: Bohemian Gravity

This is one of those fillips where I let someone else do all the work. And in this case it’s a young man named Tim Blais who’ll do the heavy lifting. But that’s okay because the force is with him. The unified force, it seems.

Tim’s a recent graduate of the Master of Science program at McGill University whose thesis goes by the catchy title of “A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity.” Excellent, right?

But Tim’s a little different. Oh sure, he’s prepared to violate parity, but he does it in the coolest way — at least when . . . [more]

Posted in: The Friday Fillip

Law Library of Congress Report on Guest Worker Programs

The Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. recently produced a report comparing the legal situation of temporary or guest workers in 14 countries (including Canada):

“The report includes a comparative analysis and individual chapters on each country, the EU, and relevant international arrangements. It provides a general overview of a variety of immigration systems, and addresses issues such as eligibility criteria for the admission of guest workers and their families, guest workers’ recruitment and sponsorship, and visa requirements. The report further discusses the tying of temporary workers to their employers in some countries; the duration and the conditions that

. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law: Foreign Law

Accidental Haiku

Constraints are important. They can define the nature of what we see, as when you drop a frame onto an image, suggesting, at least, that what is framed is now “art”, or when you slap some numbers and lots of indentation onto a patch of text, making it look like legislation. Poetry used to have constraints — rhyme schemes, meter, number of feet and lines, etc. — which, I suppose, was one way you knew it was poetry; and haiku is among the few surviving examples of constrained poetry in common use today.

So long as you adopt the 5-7-5 . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Sam the Record Man, Ethics and Higher Learning

The recent controversy over the Sam the Record Man sign, Ryerson University and the City of Toronto is interesting on a number of levels. There is the heritage aspect of the matter and there is the legal contractual element – Ryerson agreed to find a place to hang the sign, then decided that it didn’t want to do so.

Much has been written about the above.

What interests me personally, and as an adjunct professor at a law school, is the ethical element.

Ryerson is an institution of higher learning. It teaches students.

And so, call me old-fashioned, but . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training, Miscellaneous

Canada Celebrates 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation

100 years ago, in 1913, the Hon. Sir William Ralph Meredith, Q.C., LL.D, at the time Chief Justice of Ontario, tabled his Workers' Compensation report in the Ontario Legislature. From this report emerged the Meredith Principles, which are the tenets upon which the Ontario workers' compensation system was built, the impact of which was felt gradually throughout Canada.
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Taking a Break From Law: Can You Get Back In?

What happens to highly successful women lawyers and corporate executives and managers who decide to stop working and stay at home with their children full-time? Do they miss their successful careers? Do they feel they made the right choice for them and their families? What happens if they want to return to work ten years later when the children are older or their husbands have lost their jobs?

These questions were explored in a recent lengthy New York Times magazine article that revisited twenty-two women who were profiled in 2003 and labeled as the “Opt-Out Generation”.

Each of these women . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

Thursday Thinkpiece: Tingle on Canada’s Public Venture Markets

Each Thursday we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form.

Start-Up and Growth Companies in Canada – A Guide to Legal and Business Practice, 2nd Edition
Bryce C. Tingle
Toronto: LexisNexis Canada: 2013

Excerpt from Chapter 14

Canada’s Public Venture Markets – A Success Story

Most discussions about entrepreneurial finance in Canada, and certainly most of the public policy initiatives of the federal . . . [more]

Posted in: Thursday Thinkpiece

iOS7 Available Today – Install It Now or Wait?

Apple’s latest and greatest operating system is launching today. There will no doubt be a rush for iPhone and iPad owners to install the update. Apple fans may scoff at this advice, but if you are updating anything other than a current model, it might be prudent to wait a few days before upgrading.

The odds are that all will go well, but sometimes issues appear in the real world that don’t show up in testing. Typically those issues are more annoyances than anything – such as sluggish performance, or incompatibility with some apps. And typically they are resolved quickly. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology, Technology: Office Technology

The Future of Canadian Law Firms Requires Inclusion

This post was originally published on the CBA Legal Futures Initiative website, and is authored by Omar Ha-Redeye, a lawyer with Fleet Street Law, a part-time professor at Ryerson University and Centennial College, and a blogger here at SLAW.

One aspect of the future which hasn’t received as much attention is the significant demographic shift occurring in Canada.

Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson, authors of The Big Shift, The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future, spoke at the CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon recently on how the entire face . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law: Future of Practice