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Focus: Sniffer dogs next frontier in workplace drug testing

For the past five years, the mining company that owns a potash operation outside of Saskatoon randomly brought drug-detection dogs to the site. The purpose was to sniff staff employees, contract personnel, and even managers for traces of illegal drugs. If the dog alerted, the company would take the employee to a private backroom for questioning. Employees would have to empty their pockets and any lunch pail or bag.

Focus: Spouses warned against spying on former partners

While the use of social media in family law cases is common, questions linger over a spouse’s access to other digital information relating to a former partner as privacy and evidentiary considerations make snooping on someone’s online world a tricky and potentially costly exercise.
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Focus: How do global arbitration bodies compare?

The three major international arbitration institutions that are fiercely competitive with the courts are also, as it turns out, in just as much competition among themselves.

Focus: Lawyers encouraged to pay attention to travel risks

When it comes to travel risk, lawyers from private firms as well as in-house counsel should be paying attention. Not only are lawyers more likely to be on the move these days, but their expertise could help assess the potential liability involved and the nature of preventative and remedial action.

Focus: Drug makers eagerly awaiting SCC ruling on generic compensation

The eyes of the pharmaceutical industry will be on the Supreme Court of Canada in April as it deliberates on the issue of compensation to generic drug manufacturers in Sanofi-Aventis v. Apotex Inc.

Focus: Lawyers advised to get coverage for privacy breaches

It’s a sign of the times that professional liability insurers have started tailoring products to address privacy breaches and other costs of cybercrime.

Focus: Municipalities grappling with location of marijuana facilities

The promise of a fledgling industry about to burst onto the Canadian scene has led many to startups lining up to cash in on green gold.
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Focus: Appeal court puts end to different rules for rural, urban drivers

The Ontario Court of Appeal has stepped in to stop the creation of subcategories of drivers in considering the duty of care owed by municipalities on their roads.

Focus: Lingering media coverage a growing issue for defence lawyers

As the debate over the right to be forgotten continues, many criminal lawyers have found themselves in the position of dealing with concerns from clients that stories about them remain on the Internet even if their legal matter goes in their favour.

Focus: New book features lawyers’ accounts of their biggest cases

Throughout his career as a lawyer, Richard Wolson has heard the slamming of jail doors on his many visits to clients in prison. But while he’s well familiar with jails, the thought of one man spending years behind bars continues to affect him.
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How can defence make social media their friend?

While Canadians typically think of electronic evidence as something that normally helps the interests of the state in law enforcement matters, it can also help people defending themselves in such cases and the lawyers representing them.

Focus: Prof concerned about lawyers’ online marketing

As the conversation around sexual assault and how the legal system deals with it continues, a law professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law is airing her concerns about the ethics of how many criminal defence lawyers advertise their services in that area.
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