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 seventy 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. Clicklaw Blog 2. Eloïse Gratton 3. Law & Style 4. Excess Copyright 5. McElroy Law

Clicklaw Blog
MyLawBC helps you with common legal problems

There’s no doubt that the law is complicated. What further complicates matters is when laws vary by jurisdiction (from province to province, and from country to country). This is why sites like Clicklaw are needed to help people find legal information. One of the biggest challenges faced by people who teach the public about the law is making legal information easy to understand and easy to act on. …

Eloïse Gratton
Big Data Analytics: Is Consent Required?

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP sponsored a great panel at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2016 which took place in Toronto on May 11th. The panel was entitled “Business Analytics and Privacy-related Risks”. Many attendees have since contacted me to obtain our slides so I have decided to share them through this blog and summarize some of the discussions that took place. …

Law & Style
Sheryl Sandberg admits she left single parents out of Lean In

May Cheng was seven years old when her parents split up. Her mother, a House of Commons interpreter, continued working while raising Cheng and her two siblings with the help of a live-in nanny. “She was doing everything as a single parent and making it look easy,” says Cheng. Years later, after the kids left the nest, her mother downsized to a small apartment. …

Excess Copyright
Bill C-11 and the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind – Tell the Senate to Take A Sober Second Look ASAP Beginning Today

As Michael Geist recently reported, Bill C-11, which is intended to implement the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for the blind, was rushed through the House of Commons with no debate. That does not mean that the Bill was perfect. Far from it. Indeed, Michael shows clearly why it needs more work. It contains a potentially problematic mechanism to enable the making of regulations that would impose royalties payable to a collective (any guesses who that might end up being?) and which could presumably involve oversight and even tariff setting by the Copyright Board. …

McElroy Law
A step-by-step guide to a criminal case

Despite seeing news relating to criminal law on a daily basis, most people who have never been charged have no idea how the court system works. The whole process can be overwhelming, but it helps to know what steps are involved. I find myself routinely sketching out this diagram with clients, so I decided I should share it here. …

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