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Focus: Are drones the next tool for private investigators?

When Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer Jeff Bezos dramatically predicted on 60 Minutes that within a few years drones would be zigzagging across cities delivering packages, many people took notice.
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Focus: New CBA section focuses on children’s law

Children should be seen and not heard, according to the old adage, but not if you ask a group of Canadian Bar Association members who have formed a committee to give the country’s youth a legal voice.
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Focus: Lawyers excited about bitcoin opportunities

The world’s most cautious profession and the world’s most unpredictable digital currency make strange bedfellows, but the meteoric rise of bitcoin has lawyers across a wide variety of practice areas excited.

Focus: Ruling could leave transit projects in limbo

A decision earlier this year from Master Donald Short of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice suggests that contractors working on billions of dollars worth of municipal transportation projects in Ontario and possibly elsewhere in Canada could hold them up indefinitely if they don’t get paid on time.
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Focus: Toronto considering development permit system

In a bid to streamline the development process, Toronto city council is looking to implement a development permit system as an alternative to zoning.
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Focus: Equal shared parenting bill defeated

The latest attempt to bring the presumption of equal shared parenting to child custody matters in Canada has failed.
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Focus: Case a reminder about perils of dual agency

Real estate agents may at times act for both the buyer and the seller in a transaction, but if they’re not careful, their entire commission from the deal could be in jeopardy.
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Focus: Major increase in warrantless disclosures predicted

Privacy lawyers expect a “dramatic” increase in warrantless disclosures of personal information by Internet service providers if the latest proposed amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act take hold.

Focus: Feds score a few wins among high-profile losses

Despite a string of high-profile rulings against various crime bills at all levels of court in the past few months, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s victories in other areas, including this month’s Supreme Court decision in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Harkat, show there’s no judicial bias against the federal government’s laws, says an appellate lawyer.

Focus: Bias a hot topic for experts as Getahun debate continues

Bias is once again the hot topic among expert witnesses after an Ontario Superior Court judge banned lawyers from meeting with their experts to review draft reports.
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Focus: Have you planned for your law firm’s succession?

When it came time for his father to retire, lawyer Ian Hull knew his firm needed a solid plan. The firm would still carry the name Hull & Hull LLP but would soon have just one Hull at the helm.

Focus: Red flags raised over insurer financial data

In response to complaints that insurance industry financial details are impossible to pin down, the Ministry of Finance commissioned a report on transparency and accountability in the sector but perhaps surprisingly chose the accountants for the Insurance Bureau of Canada to prepare it.
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