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 sixty 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. Michael Geist 2. Youth and Work 3. Blogue du CRL 4. Library Boy 5. Barry Sookman

Michael Geist
Why Does the Ontario Provincial Police Still Not Know What is in the Lawful Access Bill?

Earlier this week, I posted on Ontario Provincial Police comments at the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs hearing on Bill C-13 that were sharply critical of online anonymity. The same hearing was notable for additional comments from the OPP on the lawful access bill. The comments, which came in the opening statement, suggest that one of Canada’s largest police forces is simply unaware of the contents of the proposed legislation….

Youth and Work
Stephen Poloz’s Controversial Advice to Young People: Work For Free

Stephen Poloz’s suggestion that young workers should work for free has been in the news over the past couple days. My take is that he was recommending that young, unemployed workers gain experience via unpaid internships, which is arguably an end run around employment standards laws that prohibit contracting out of the minimum wage. Politically, Poloz’s comments were indefensible given the high youth unemployment rate, and we’ve seen both Joe Oliver and Jason Kenney having to distance themselves from them….

Blogue du CRL
Air Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada: the issue of the compensation claims for a breach of the Official Languages Act

According to the Official Languages Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.)), “Every federal institution has the duty to ensure that any member of the public can communicate with and obtain available services from its head or central office in either official language […]”. This Act gives English and French equal status in Canada. The Official Languages Act allows any person to file a complaint with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and to apply to the Federal Court for a remedy. However, can compensation be granted for a breach of the Official Languages Act that occurred during an international carriage by air?…

Library Boy
Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Relations With Legal Publishers

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is organizing a webinar on November 26, 2014 called Everything you wanted to know about dealing with legal publishers… but were afraid to ask!: “Join us for an interactive session about relations with vendors in today’s increasingly complex collection development world. Experienced private and law society collection managers from across the country will answer your questions and discuss their tips and tricks when working with legal publishers.” …

Barry Sookman
CASL computer program guidance from the CRTC

This week has been eventful on the CASL front with the CRTC providing guidance on how it is likely to interpret CASL’s computer program provisions. Monday evening the CRTC published a new guideline on the interpretation of CASL. This was followed by a presentation given to IT.Can members by Andy Kaplan Myrth of Industry Canada and Dana-Lynn Wood and Lynne Perrault of the CRTC. The presentation was a follow-up to an earlier IT.Can meeting where the CRTC asked for and received a list of questions for which guidance is being sought by the public. This information session was part of a cross country tour by the CRTC to provide information to the public about CASL. …


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