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    If you think that work will continue to magically appear on your desk without your helping it land there, you are in for a reality check. At the best of times, the File Fairy is mercurial and can play favourites, but when work becomes scarce and the ...
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    In my last column, I highlighted the sorry statistics on Canada’s patent performance. To illustrate the point, I focused on patents related to the information and communications technology (ICT) industries. When it comes to the ICT sector, Canada is ...
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    So what is “experiential learning” anyway? It’s rare that the legal academy, the profession and the regulators agree on anything, so it’s remarkable that all three are looking at doing something about how to train new lawyers. But while there might ...
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    With the introduction of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), the Canadian government is taking its commitment to anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) to the next level. Resource and mining companies that have interests in Canada ...
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    Of all of the “top” lists to circulate on LinkedIn and elsewhere, surely there is nothing more popular than lists of leadership traits. These lists tend to describe qualities of leadership, or what leadership looks like. Less frequent are lists ...
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    I recently had the opportunity to review the approach taken by multinational advisory firm Corporate Executive Board to assess 20 law department activities, all with a view to developing a “world class” legal department. The tool used by CEB sets ...
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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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  • Planning a trip to Italy? Forget what you think you know. Stop dreaming of wine and pasta. The Italy that you think you want to visit is still there; you’ll find it if it’s what you’re after — but that Italy pales in comparison to the one you could ...
  • Marsala – the oldest of Italy’s wines under the denominazione di origine controllata standard, denominated in 1969 – was regarded (and shamefully still is) as a kitchen condiment and not the noble beverage that it can be. If you are of a certain ...
  • This year, February 19th marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Chinese civilization dates back at least 4,000 years and is the source of many of the world’s greatest inventions ...
  • 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 ...