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  • Will single-event sports betting be legalized in Ontario?
    Chantal Cipriano says Ontario’s heavily regulated lottery and gaming market means it wouldn’t be such a huge leap to add single-event sports betting under the existing regulatory umbrella.

    Will single-event sports betting be legalized in Ontario?

    Lawyers in the gambling industry hope the third time’s a charm when it comes to the legalization of single-event sports betting in Ontario.

  • Legislative changes needed for driverless cars
    Robert Love says the entire legislative regime currently supporting auto insurance policies is premised on human driver error as the main cause of accidents.

    Legislative changes needed for driverless cars

    Legislative changes are needed before the insurance industry can begin preparing for the upheaval associated with widespread driverless vehicle use, according to the growing number of lawyers practising in the area.

  • Development project raises questions around smart cities
    Teresa Scassa says when municipalities approach smart city ideas in a less comprehensive manner, data governance and privacy policies end up being set on a contract-by-contract basis.

    Development project raises questions around smart cities

    Toronto’s Quayside development project has given the city’s inhabitants a unique opportunity to confront the data and privacy implications of smart cities, according to an Ottawa law professor.

  • Duo launches eSports law firm
    Evan Kubes says that, before he co-founded his firm, the Canadians he spoke to ‘were telling me they had to go to the U.S. to get a lawyer who focused on eSports.’

    Duo launches eSports law firm

    Like many 21st-century law students, Evan Kubes and Josh Marcus’ limited downtime featured a strong dose of consoles and controllers.

  • Ruling illustrates lawyers must work on affidavits
    Nida Sohani says a recent ruling shows that ‘lawyers sometimes don’t put that much thought into writing an affidavit.’

    Ruling illustrates lawyers must work on affidavits

    Litigators say a recent family law decision serves as a warning to lawyers to clean up their affidavit practices.

  • Ontario courts should get cameras
    Sean Robichaud says he is encouraged by the recent launch of a pilot project that allowed cameras inside the Federal Court of Canada.

    Ontario courts should get cameras

    Ontario’s courts should follow the lead of their federal counterparts and revisit the broadcast of proceedings, according to a Toronto criminal lawyer and long-time proponent of cameras in the courtroom.

  • Better simplified procedure needed in civil courts
    Ron Bohm says ‘jurors need evidence presented orally, talked through and explained.’

    Better simplified procedure needed in civil courts

    Parties’ right to a jury trial is standing in the way of an effective simplified procedure in civil courts, according to the president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Judge orders punitive damages against insurer
    Weston Pollard says that awards of punitive damages are relatively rare in insurance disputes.

    Judge orders punitive damages against insurer

    An Oakville, Ont. lawyer says insurers may want to rethink how they communicate their denials to policy-holders after a judge awarded punitive damages against a company for its handling of a case involving the loss of a $550,000 ring.

  • Companies urged to consider forced labour in supply chains
    Benedict Wray says more jurisdictions are adopting legislation about forced labour or child labour in supply-chain management.

    Companies urged to consider forced labour in supply chains

    A recently proposed private member’s bill amends the Customs Tariff to restrict goods manufactured by slave labour coming into Canada. John McKay, the member of parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, introduced Bill C-423, the Modern Slavery Act in December.

  • CUSMA could encourage digital trade
    Margaret Kim says the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement ‘is really a trade agreement that reflects the 21st-century reality.’

    CUSMA could encourage digital trade

    The chapter in the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement on digital trade demonstrates the evolving nature of regulating ecommerce, say trade lawyers.

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