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Bill C-66 not a complete fix for historically unjust convictions

By Kim Covert May 17, 2018 17 May 2018

 

We’ve come a long way, baby. Time passes and society evolves and so do its attitudes to certain behaviour. Some laws are slower to change than others, but once something becomes more socially accepted, the laws regulating that behaviour gradually fall off the books.

The convictions under those laws, however, are another matter.

Many members of the LGBTQ2S community still have a criminal record for activities that have not been illegal for some time. It is these people whom Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act, is supposed to help.

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Consent guidelines: Reviewing the revisions

By Kim Covert May 9, 2018 9 May 2018

 

In a letter to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the CBA’s Privacy and Access Law Section and CCCA note that many of the problems it identified last year in the OPC’s draft guidelines for obtaining meaningful online consent were still present after those guidelines were revised.

The Sections reiterate four recommendations from the earlier submission.

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Trends in business: #M&AToo?

By Kim Covert May 2, 2018 2 May 2018

Trends in business: #M&AToo?

 

A panel discussion on global trends in mergers and acquisitions on Tuesday landed on an increasingly familiar topic in a fairly unfamiliar place.

Panellists for the plenary session were Jeremy Fraiberg, National Co-Chair and Parter, M&A Practice, Osler, Andrea Wood, Senior Vice-President, Legal Services, Telus, and Anthony Pagano, Chief Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions, Royal Bank of Canada.

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Vacuums and crickets: The ultimate in-house counsel

By Kim Covert April 30, 2018 30 April 2018

Vacuums and crickets: The ultimate in-house counsel

 

How is the ultimate in-house counsel like a Dyson vacuum cleaner?

In both cases, they’re not designed for artistic value, function trumps form. They’re built to do a certain job to a certain standard. And perhaps in both cases, those standards keep changing as technology evolves.

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I Am Jane Doe: Ethics and morality for the in-house counsel

By Kim Covert April 30, 2018 30 April 2018

I Am Jane Doe: Ethics and morality for the in-house counsel

 

It’s a lawyer’s job to advocate for clients. But what can or should a lawyer do when the clients they’re representing cross moral or ethical – if not strictly legal – lines? It’s a question we’re used to hearing criminal defence counsel answer; we’re less used to the idea of in-house counsel taking it on.

But that was the topic of discussion Sunday night at the opening of this year’s CCCA conference in Toronto. The conference, titled Beyond Borders, certainly pushed the boundaries of what’s expected at a CCCA conference by screening the documentary I Am Jane Doe, which follows the successive cases brought against Backpage.com by young sex trafficking victims whose bodies had been sold on the company’s web pages.

 

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