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Speaker's Corner: Where are the clowns?

After intense parliamentary debates spanning six years, the Copyright Modernization Act finally came into force in June 2012. While many of the changes to Canada’s copyright laws had been hotly contested, one widely embraced provision was the expansion under the fair dealing provision to include parody and satire.
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Editorial: Not a knee-jerk reaction

There’s a familiar lament about the havoc the Internet is wreaking on both traditional business structures of law and traditional business structures of journalism. The lament centres on the disintegration of an old-guard structure, and the Wild West atmosphere of a confined landscape broken open.
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Speaker's Corner: A story of unchecked power

In March of this year, two men died within a week while in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency in Ontario — one in an immigration holding centre and the other in a jail. One of them reportedly committed suicide, and the cause of death of the other is still unknown. In December 2013, a woman in CBSA custody in British Columbia died in hospital after trying to hang herself at an airport holding centre; the death was not publicly reported until a month later.
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Editorial: Mind the Charter

How embarrassing. Police entities across Ontario are under the microscope right now. There is a heightened attention from the public and media to various police enforcement tactics, and a recent Court of Appeal ruling had some strong words for an Ontario officer who Justice Peter Lauwers said violated the Charter doing a vehicle search.
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Speaker's Corner: Inoculation against a rising tide of global risk

In an age of massive data leaks, whistleblower bounties, and multimillion-dollar fines for violations of bribery and corruption laws, multinational corporate executives and board members must prioritize the implementation of robust anti-corruption compliance programs to safeguard their companies and shareholder value.
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Editorial: An unusual ruling

An unusual ruling against Ontario’s Family Responsibility Office is worthy of note.
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Inside Queen's Park: Money greases those political wheels

Politics is about many things: serving the community, leadership, decision-making, law-making, and much more.
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Editorial: Pro bono props

Pro Bono Ontario has announced the launch of a new, free corporate law clinic.
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Speaker's Corner: Human Rights Tribunal needs to revisit discrimination remedies

On March 17, 2016, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released its decision in Lewis v. Sugar Daddys Nightclub, finding that Caesar Lewis was subjected to vicious physical and verbal abuse based on his gender identity and expression.
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Editorial: Justice delayed

Law Times reports this week that a recently resigned assessment officer says the wait times for preliminary appointments for assessments under the Solicitors Act has ballooned to more than 12 months from three months. This is concerning, to say the least.
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Inside Queen's Park: Back to the future for family courts?

As noted recently, the ongoing review by the Law Society of Upper Canada and Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo into what roles non-lawyers could play in Family Court is long overdue and has prompted some intriguing reaction.
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Speaker's Corner: Sattva questioned for contracts of adhesion

Since the release of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., there has been a lot of discussion about the “factual matrix” mentioned in the decision to be considered in the interpretation of a contract. However, the Court of Appeal for Ontario in MacDonald v. Chicago Title Insurance has recently distinguished Sattva in the context of standard form contracts and other contracts of adhesion.
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