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  • A subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc. acquired the SparkleLight solar power project, a 10-megawatt AC solar power plant located in Beaverton, Ontario, valued at approximately $66 million, from ...
  • Allianz Worldwide Partners and The Co-operators completed the merger of their respective Canadian travel insurance companies. The merger of Allianz Global Assistance Canada and TIC Travel Insurance ...

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    “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” So said HAL 9000, the primary antagonist in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a 1968 movie based on a science fiction story by the same name. ...
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    Harvard has a new program combining art with legal education taught by Professor Clannco. That’s right, Harvard.
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    IBM’s significant commitment to cloud computing has led its legal department to redesign the core contract under which it provides cloud services to enterprise customers. And in a very interesting development indeed, the new contract is only two ...
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    When was the last time you gave much thought to your office? Not the people or the location, but the physical space. Some new and rather disturbing trends are starting to emerge south of the border, and this is one time when I’m glad that the legal ...
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    The December 20th issue of The Economist featured a piece that asked the question “Why is Everyone So Busy?” The article was thoughtful yet frustrating because it did not offer any real solution. There is no path to balance, it seems. As the article ...
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    For companies of all sizes and structures, staying competitive in today’s marketplace demands a new level of innovation. In knowledge-based industries, innovation is deemed the norm, but companies in all industries and sectors are learning that ...
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    In recognition of the changing times and the need for lawyers to be more than just legal technicians, law firms are becoming more proactive about providing resources and support to help their lawyers become better business people. Talent management ...
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    It’s not often the CEO of Apple and a Canadian figure skating champion are referred to in the same sentence, but in 2014, both came out as gay. And both offer lessons for a legal profession that hasn’t always been prepared to deal with diversity ...
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    Regular readers of this space will recall that last year I was critical of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in the Fearon case, which asked whether a warrantless search of a cellphone by police (related to an arrest) complies with article 8 of ...
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    The dramatic volatility in WTI crude oil price, breaking five-year lows while tumbling over 50 per cent between June 2014 and January 2015, has stunned the oil & gas sector and is driving a ripple effect across the global economy. The crash was ...

Detours

  • When work demands a trip to southern Florida, you’ll have a hard time convincing your family to stay at home. But while Disney World dominates the city, travelling with kids who have outgrown the park is no reason to cross the area off your go-to ...
  • (Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are not intended for those who choose to do their social drinking in doorways, stairwells or out of brown paper bag decanters.) Champagne historically is the only alcoholic beverage you can drink at ...
  • Think outside the box. Like a kid in a candy store. The tip of the iceberg. At the end of the day. All these expressions are recognized as clichés, and even though I realize this, I am not above occasionally spicing up my speech or writing with ...
  • Like many of your files,your teenagers didn’t start out as large as they are. There was a time when their cherubic faces would beam at the idea of travelling with the family, but as they get older, chances are high that that will change. Most teens ...
  • The King of wines and the Wine of Kings — that’s what they call Barolo. The unpretentious village of Barolo in Piedmont has a population of 750 souls and its very own castle; but as a wine zone, Barolo stretches over 4,200 acres of calcareous-clay ...
  • Dedicated, long-time readers of this column will no doubt remember that in April 2011 I explained that, lexicographically at least, there is no debate that the egg preceded the chicken. “Egg” arrived in the English language in the ninth century, ...
  • 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. ...