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No longer part of the furniture: Animal sentience and the law

  • August 31, 2015
  • Doug Beazley

The field of animal law seems to be having a bit of a moment – laws being tabled and passed at home and abroad are working to raise animals’ status from furniture to sentient beings. Even so, the laws still draw a line between the treatment acceptable for companion animals and for food animals, despite some food producers’ fears and a Supreme Court decision that could open the door to more litigation.

Blowing the whistle on cartels in Canada

  • August 01, 2015
  • John Pecman

Ottawa can be a leaky ship, but that doesn’t mean there are no secrets in government – among them, note Mark Katz, Erika Douglas and Megan Cheema of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, are the whistleblower protection provisions in Canada’s Competition Act. Commissioner of Competition John Pecman is about to change that: the bureau’s WhistleBlower Initiative is designed to make the public aware that protections exist.

Beware of trolls: Experts raise concerns about Canada’s new trademark law

  • February 01, 2015
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Trademark trolls make a business of registering trademarks they have no intention of using and either holding them for ransom or suing anyone who uses them. Canada used to get around that by requiring those registering the trademarks to use them. Provisions contained in the omnibus Economic Action Plan Act of June 2014 eliminate this use requirement and open the door for trolls to gobble up trademarks at will.

Going to pot: Building a business in legal marijuana

  • February 01, 2015
  • Doug Beazley

Marijuana is sure to be an issue in this year’s federal election, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau having declared early on he thinks it should be legalized. The Conservatives, no surprise, have other ideas. But while they bicker about legality, quick-footed lawyers are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the business model for medical marijuana, and gearing up for the possibilities that lie beyond medical pot.

National securities regulator: The devil’s in the details

  • December 01, 2014
  • Doug Beazley

Negotiations toward the establishment of a national securities regulator are at a tricky spot, with legislation based on provincial securities law outlining policy in broad brushstrokes – details to be filled in later. As Doug Beazley tells us, the devil is in those details.

Tips for recognizing and mitigating corruption

  • August 01, 2014

One of the sessions at the recent CBA Legal Conference in St. John's, N.L., explored the international and domestic crackdown on corrupt business practices. Here are some tips offered up during the session for recognizing and mitigating corrupt foreign practices.

The worldwide web can catch unsuspecting lawyers

  • August 01, 2014
  • James Careless

Working online is often touted as the way of the future for lawyers, and it may well make much of what they do easier. But the worldwide web also holds hidden traps for the unsuspecting, as Ottawa lawyer David Ian Amber discovered. James Careless tells the cautionary tale.

Online privacy: The practical fallout from Spencer

  • August 01, 2014
  • Jason Scott Alexander

With its June ruling in R. v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Canada put a limit on the kind of information the police can obtain without a warrant from a person or organization. Jason Scott Alexander looks at what this decision means for individuals and organizations, as well as for the country's law enforcement agencies.