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What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Law: Part 2

In my last Slaw post (January 12, 2021), the first of two parts, I discussed the characteristics necessary for law to be accepted and effective. Here I consider some of the laws — the legislation, the regulations, orders and, although not law, intended to have a similar impact, advice or recommendations — that have been imposed during the pandemic. I’m focusing on Ontario, although I refer to developments elsewhere. Even so, my discussion is not meant to be exhaustive, but to illustrate laws ena...
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President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue an executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit, report says

People protest against President Donald Trump's executive order fast-tracking the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in Los Angeles. Reuters President-elect Joe Biden will issue an executive order on his first day in office to rescind the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone XL is part of a multi-phase construction project aimed at creating a direct oil pipeline to the US from the oil sands of Alberta. President Barack Obama had previously rejected the project because of...
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Biden to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day in office: CBC

President Donald Trump, a Republican, had made building the pipeline a central promise of his presidential campaign. Biden, who will be...
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators – Game #3 Preview, Projected Lines & TV Info

The Maple Leafs, who generated little pushback after allowing an inexperienced Senators team to light them up in the second period last night, will attempt to salvage a split in the rematch in Ottawa tonight on Hockey Night in Canada (7 p.m. EST, CBC). There’s no doubt that Toronto’s lineup will receive some sort of […] The post Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators – Game #3 Preview, Projected Lines & TV Info appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
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The story of Takaya Lone Wolf

In our latest podcast, we interview Cheryl Alexander who is a conservation photographer based in Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of a book called Takaya Lone Wolf. Beginning in 2014, she photographed the unusual phenomenon of a lone wolf that lived on a cluster of small islands about 1.5km off the coast of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Cheryl’s book, filled with stunning photography, explains and documents the remarkable life of this solitary wolf, which lived so close to a ci...
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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is under house arrest, is accused of breaching COVID-19 rules by booking out a Vancouver restaurant for Christmas

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Don MacKinnon/AFP via Getty Images Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of fraud, may have violated COVID-19 guidelines while under house arrest, a Canadian court heard Tuesday. According to the South China Morning Post, Meng booked out a restaurant for 14 people at Christmas, which prosecutors argued contravenes local coronavirus guidelines. Under her house-arrest terms, Meng is allowed to leave home between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., provided she is accompanied by a ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Post, Politics, China, US, Trends, Canada, News UK, Tencent, Vancouver, Huawei, Cbc, Clark, Liu, South China Morning Post, Vancouver Canada

How the Law Abandons Those Who Speak Up in the Public Interest

On December 3, my new report titled Whistleblowers Not Protected: How the Law Abandons Those Who Speak Up in the Public Interest in Alberta was published by the Parkland Institute. The report looks at whistleblowing in a broad sense, meaning anyone who either publicly or anonymously discloses information that is in the public interest. The report considers not only the gross deficiencies of Alberta’s whistleblower protection legislation but also looks at the need for both anti-SLAPP legislation,...
Tags: Law, US, Ched, Parliament, Alberta, Ontario, Cbc, Public Interest, Ryerson, Edmonton Journal, SNC Lavalin, Practice Of Law, Justice Issues, COVID, Tobaccogate, Our Supreme Court

Did Beethoven Use a Broken Metronome When Composing His String Quartets? Scientists & Musicians Try to Solve the Centuries-Old Mystery When it comes to classical composers, Beethoven was pretty metal. But was he writing some kind of classical thrash? Hardcore orchestrations too fast for the average musician to play? 66 out of 135 of Beethoven’s tempo markings made with his new metronome in the early 1800s seem “absurdly fast and thus possibly wrong,” researchers write in a recent American Mathematical Society article titled “Was Something Wrong with Beethoven’s Metronome...
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How Georgia's Senate races became the most expensive ever

The 2020 Georgia Senate races are the most expensive in US history. More than $480 million has been spent on ad placement in the runoff elections, and that's just since Election Day. The cost of running a political campaign in the US has been growing steadily over the past decade due to the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Just since Election Day, Georgia Senate candidates and outside groups have spent $480 millio...
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Watch 70 birds play guitar in Canada

From CBC in 2015: A living musical exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will set 70 zebra finches loose in an aviary, and the only perches are the strings of 14 electric guitars and bass guitars.When the birds land, they create music that's played through amplifiers stationed around the aviary. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Video, News, Birds, Canada, Artists, Guitars, Guitar, Modern Art, Art Installation, Cbc, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts, Art Exhibit, Free Bird, Birds of a Feather

Checking In With Gerard Gallant

from Shane Ross of CBC, He's home for Christmas for the first time in seven years, he's spending quality time with his two young grandsons and he's even taken a few strokes off his golf game. But 11 months after he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights and with a new NHL season set to start next month, there's still one thing missing from Gerard Gallant's life — a coaching job. "I've been off for almost a year now and it seems like 10 years," said the man a...
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let’s stop the war of words

A November 2019 article in the British Medical Journal showed how difficult it is to change peoples’ minds, especially with regards to vaccinations. Facts don’t change peoples’ minds. Lesson 2: don’t bring a fact to a narrative fight Experts and health professionals can arm themselves with white papers, peer reviewed studies, and symposia; but if these are our only weapons, we will only ever get so far. In an era in which experts are increasingly distrusted, the “we know best” mindset is counter...
Tags: Democracy, Complexity, British Medical Journal, Alberta, eLearning, Cbc, Dan White, Quebec Canada, Ontario Canada, Coulis

The New York Times says there were 'significant falsehoods' at the center of its blockbuster ISIS podcast 'Caliphate'

Rukmini Callimachi speaks onstage at "The Daily" Live on Stage during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW After a monthslong internal investigation, The New York Times said there were serious falsehoods at the center of its blockbuster "Caliphate" podcast hosted by Rukmini Callimachi, one of its star reporters. The podcast's main figure, Shehroze Chaudhry, said he joined ISIS in Syria, killed two people and participated in ...
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Adducing Sensitive Evidence and Writing Decisions: Where Do We Draw the Line?

In my November 17th Slaw post “Making the Hard Decisions: Ethical Lawyering”, I discussed Dean Embry’s refusal to make certain arguments and call certain evidence and witnesses in his representation of James Sears, editor of Your Ward News (YWN), a community newspaper. Sears was convicted of spreading hate and, despite his accepting these views about what might be successful in his defence, a ground of his appeal was that Embry was incompetent because of his (Embry’s) failure to argue the truth ...
Tags: Law, Court, Miscellaneous, Court of appeal, Sears, Canada Post, Cbc, Supreme Court of Canada, Barton, R, Embry, Bernardo, Dowling, Blouin, Case Comment, Gladue

Insider Cannabis: Weedmaps is going public - The clock's ticking on cannabis SPACs - LeafLink raises another $40 million

FILE-In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. Views about medical marijuana appear to be changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics. Medical cannabis is legal now in 33 states, but most Southern states remain among the holdouts. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Associated Press Welcome to Insider Cannabis, our weekly newsletter whe...
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Weedmaps is going public

FILE-In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. Views about medical marijuana appear to be changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics. Medical cannabis is legal now in 33 states, but most Southern states remain among the holdouts. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Associated Press Welcome to Insider Cannabis, our weekly newsletter whe...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Oregon, New York City, US, Trends, Canada, House Of Representatives, Peter Thiel, US Treasury, Jeremy, Illinois, Jay, South, Ryan Smith, Cbc

‘The Netflix Afterparty’ Sets December Special (TV News Roundup)

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix set a December premiere date for “The Netflix Afterparty,” and CBC and BET Plus greenlit an original series, “The Porter.” DATES “The Netflix Afterparty: The Best Shows of the Worst Year,” an end-of-year special featuring talents from the streamer’s hit series, is set to premiere on Dec. 13. The […]
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Canada beats the US to approving Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine

Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use, the government announced on Wednesday.  "Canadians can feel confident that the review process was rigorous and that we have strong monitoring systems in place," Health Canada, the country's department of health, said in a statement.  The vaccine was approved for use in the UK on Dec. 2, and the first doses were administered on Tuesday.  In the US, Pfizer has submitted findings from ...
Tags: UK, Science, News, US, Trends, Canada, Healthcare, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Justin Trudeau, Cbc, Health Canada, Canada Canada, Getty Images Canada, BioNtech

Report Claims Huawei Finance Chief Meng Wanzhou Could Be Set Free In Exchange of Admitting Guilt

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The U.S. Justice Department is talking to representatives of Meng Wanzhou about a potential deal that would allow the Chinese telecom executive to return home from Canada in exchange for signing a deferred prosecution agreement admitting criminal wrongdoing, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., was detained in December 2018 while she was changing planes in Vancouver. She wa...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Tech, Iran, Canada, Vancouver, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Cbc, U S Justice Department, Huawei Technologies Co, Meng, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou

Using Covid to Progress Your Firm

Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter developed the theory of creative destruction to describe how something good, and even much needed, can come out of a tragedy. The theory suggests that some businesses must die and paradigms must be “swept away” in order to make room for new ones that will better survive the future. This is a concept found in nature. For example, we know that left to their own devices, forests will burn down from time to time to clean out the forest floor and force a renewal. ...
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Something For Everyone – Give The Gift of Great Storytelling

The gift of a beautiful story in a favorite book shared with someone else is always a solid plan for Christmas. Of course, since interests vary, there’s always an opportunity to gift someone with a new release on a topic they’re interested in, or perhaps something from one of their favorite authors that you know they can’t wait to get their hands on. Simon & Schuster Canada sent me an awesome selection of new books as a “something for everyone” gift bundle. Yes, one winner will receive all th...
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Bertelsmann to pay $2.2B for Simon & Schuster in U.S. publishing play -

Bertelsmann to pay $2.2B for Simon & Schuster in U.S. publishing play
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The late Alex Trebek hosted more than 8,200 'Jeopardy!' episodes, with his last slated to air on Christmas Day. Here's a look at his life and legacy, from his start as a Canadian sports announcer to Emmy-winning millionaire.

Trebek won Emmy Awards in 1989, 1990, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2019. Reed Saxon/AP Images Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the "Jeopardy!" game show, died on November 8 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80. Trebek, who helmed "Jeopardy!" for 36 years, holds the record for most episodes of a game show hosted. He reportedly earned a salary of $10 million a year. His last episode will air on Christmas Day. It was taped at the end of October, just over a week before he died. The s...
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Watch How to Be at Home, a Beautiful Short Animation on the Realities of Social Isolation in 2020 I think, as social primates, we want to feel a strong sense of belonging either in a relationship or to a community—or both. But also intrinsic to our humanity is a feeling that we are truly alone. —Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman, 2010 When they first became friends, poet Tanya Davis and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman talked a lot about the pleasures and hardships of being alone. Davis had just gone through a break up, and Dorfman was just embarking on a r...
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When The Game Comes Back

from Jim Morris of CBC, The development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines could be a major assist in the battle against the coronavirus, but they might not be a game changer when it comes to NHL fans being able to return to arenas in the near future. Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control and infectious diseases specialist at the University Health Network in Toronto, said even if a vaccine becomes available early in the new year, it will take several mont...
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Companies Could Face Hefty Fines Under New Canadian Privacy Law

New submitter dskoll shares a report from New privacy legislation has been submitted to the Canadian parliament that could fine companies up to 5% of global revenue or $25 million, whichever is greater, for violating Canada's privacy laws. According to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, The Digital Charter Implementation Act provides for the heaviest fines among the G7 nations' privacy laws. "The fines are there to provide accountability," Bains said. The legislation also would give th...
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Making the Hard Decisions: Ethical Lawyering

What do you do as a lawyer when your client wants you to call a witness or make representations to the court that you believe are non-starters and even dangerous to your client’s case? If you’re one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers, you might seek to introduce a “handwritten yellow sticky note” as evidence of election fraud (see decision with ruling the note was inadmissible as hearsay here). And then there’s Dean Embry, the lawyer representing James Sears, the editor of Your Ward News, who n...
Tags: Law, Globe, Donald Trump, Sears, Ontario, Cbc, National Post, Law Society, LSO, Canadian Press, Embry, Perkel, Practice Of Law, Law Society of Ontario LSO, Colin Perkel, Dean Embry

Gov. Newsom says surge of COVID-19 cases might delay release of new guidelines for high school, youth sports competition

Citing the spread of coronavirus cases as the culprit, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Nov. 16, that California is considering delaying the release of new guidelines for high school and youth sports competition, a development that casts doubt on whether the already-delayed high school season will start on time next month. Speaking during a news conference about the state’s response to the pandemic, Newsom said he reviewed guidelines for high school and youth sports to return to competition and “s...
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Former Sierra Canyon standouts Cassius Stanley, Kenyon Martin Jr. prospects in 2020 NBA Draft

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. Former Sierra Canyon basketball players Cassius Stanley and Kenyon Martin Jr. will anxiously wait for their names to be called at the 2020 NBA Draft Wednesday night on ESPN. The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (PT) from facilities in Bristol, Conn. via videoconferencing. Stanley and Martin Jr. can join Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (No. 2 pick in 2018) as former Trailblazers to reach the...
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John Waters Gives Art Collection to The Baltimore Museum Of Art in Exchange for Getting Its Bathrooms Named After Him It’s not unusual for an institution to recognize a major benefactor’s generosity by naming something in their honor – a wing, an atrium, a library, a gymnasium, a concert hall… But bathrooms? It’s a fitting tribute for the Pope of Trash, filmmaker John Waters. So fitting that he himself suggested it when donating 372 prints, paintings, and photographs from his personal collection to the Baltimore Museum Of Art. With Harvard, the University of P...
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