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  • PrairieSky Royalty (PrairieSky) completed its acquisition of Range Royalty Limited Partnership (Range Royalty), a private oil and gas royalty company, pursuant to a plan of arrangement. With closing ...
  • ORBCOMM Inc., a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, completed the acquisition of SkyWave Mobile Communications Inc., the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band ...


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    Changing economic realities are leading us to challenge traditional ways of doing things, and these days every expenditure and investment made by a firm is subject to close scrutiny. Those responsible for making decisions about a firm’s marketing ...
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    Regular readers of this column will be familiar with my concern over what I have called Canada's “digital deficit.” The argument is simple: relative to our key trading partners, and especially the United States, we are not as innovative and ...
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    So, will this be the year you retire? Will it have to be? Two major cases in Canada and England last year upheld mandatory retirement clauses in law firm partnership agreements, in seeming contrast to a 2007 case in the US. All three put into play ...
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    Most Canadian corporations now have an awareness of the US-based law called “FATCA” and are coming to grips with the implications it has for their operations at home and abroad. FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act as it is officially ...
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    Economic indicators are all over the map for Canadian businesses and the law firms that serve them. And the same is true behind the headlines, in online and in-person conversations.
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    Legal project management and budgeting by law departments and their firms will only take hold once a number of basic conditions are met. The impetus will not be that it saves money for the department. Rank and file members of the law department will ...
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    Unless you've had your head stuck in the sand, it would be hard to ignore that this has been a year of change. And even though 2014 has yet to end, change won't. If hindsight is a teacher, the lesson is that law is getting lean. ...
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    Mention "professionalism" in a group of lawyers and the first reaction is likely to be a big yawn. Yet with both the August 2014 CBA Legal Futures report and the Fall 2014 LSUC report on alternative business structures recommending fundamental ...
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    When I was a grad student in Ottawa in 1980, there were regular notes posted on the cork bulletin board at the university: “Need ride to Toronto, willing to share cost of gas.” If you had a car and were driving to Toronto anyway, giving a ride to ...
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    Our Rising Stars, the leading lawyers under the age of 40, are incredibly impressive for many reasons, not the least of which is their volunteer work.

Detours

  • If you’ve ever sat across from the loser in an arbitration, you know what it feels like to stand in front of a charging lion. But even that experience won’t prepare you for quality time in the wild. These spots won’t disappoint. ...
  • Appassimento and ripasso are two euphonious terms that are now firmly established in the wine lover's lexicon. They refer to methods – one ancient and one modern – for concentrating and augmenting a wine's flavour. While the words ...
  • In Crazy English, Richard Lederer points out many anomalies of the English language. Greyhounds, for instance, are not necessarily grey, and fireflies are actually beetles. The book, however, is probably best known for this quip: “In what other ...
  • Clients will send you to Quebec City; pleasure will entice you to prolong your trip. Head further north to Charlevoix – the cozy region only an hour's drive from the city centre – and end your trip on a weekend-long high note. Explore Baie ...
  • If the health inspectors of Verona will permit, I would like my ashes scattered on the floor of the Antica Bottega del Vino — the best wine bar in the world. Forget Juliet's balcony, with all its lovelorn graffiti, and head to this gem ...
  • Whereas all agree that a rose is a flower, what we should call a tomato is not so clear. Observe: Tomato: A round vegetable with bright-red, occasionally yellow, skin and pulpy seedy flesh. It grows like fruit on climbing plants and is widely eaten ...
  • There are two kinds of people: those who have been going to Myrtle Beach every fall since they were kids, and those who wish they had. There’s something about this South Carolina getaway that manages to keep Canadians coming back. Canucks have been ...
  • At sundown, on October 16th, observant Jews will be celebrating Simchat Torah (“rejoicing in the Torah”), as this marks the end of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. During this holiday, the last section of Deuteronomy and the first section of ...
  • 1. DOES CANADA MAKE CHAMPAGNE? No. Only sparkling wines from the Champagne region of northern France can legally be called champagne. Even if wines elsewhere are made using the Champagne method (secondary ...
  • In the heurige of Vienna, you can sip on a barely fermented white wine that ranks among the world's greatest By Tony Aspler Can you name the only world capital that has commercial vineyards within its boundaries? If you said Paris you ...