Does the Competition Bureau have Canada’s grocers in its sights?

November 30, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer Canada’s Competition Bureau may be seeking new authority to curb major grocers’ inordinate bargaining power with their suppliers. In a speech to the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) last Wednesday, Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell referenced the current debate over the need for a code of conduct […]

Does Black Friday have a “spirit”?

November 24, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer Does Black Friday have a “spirit”? If so, spiritualism has come a long way in North American society. Yesterday, I saw an ad for a hearing aid in the Toronto Star. Four days before Black Friday, it promised to reduce prices 25% “in the spirit of Black Friday.” […]

Japan: a black hole for legal advice?

November 17, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer “Bizarre” is how Steven Maddex, a Canadian lawyer, describes his five years in the legal department at a jewellery company in Kyoto. “Most Japanese business people view lawyers’ roles as perfunctory at best,” says Maddex. “Many of the lawyers are unlicensed, have only a basic understanding of the […]

What to expect from Canada’s new privacy legislation

November 15, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer The feds are tabling new privacy legislation on Monday. The proposed statutes are the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act (PIDPTA). Although there’s no concrete information available about the proposed laws’ contents, privacy expert David Young of David Young Law […]

Jones Day & Trump: Thank God for the lawyers

November 13, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer Full disclosure: I hate Donald Trump. Further full disclosure: Democracy is lucky to have lawyers who will represent the jerk. I was among many who couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing in the last four years: disruption, disregard, disrespect, dishonesty, denigration, deflection and denial, all in […]

EU environmentalists score big access to justice win

November 7, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer The European Commission (EC) has finally moved towards meaningful rights for environmentalists to challenge administrative decisions. In theory, non-governmental organizations(NGOs) have had that right since the European Union (EU) signed the United Nations-backed Aarhus Convention, which came into force in 2001. The Convention now has 47 states as […]

Is SCC looking like SCOTUS?: The language in Fraser v. Canada

November 5, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer There’s something afoot in the Supreme Court of Canada. And it adds heavy fuel to the debate about the extent to which the court is becoming politicized. In their recent judgment in Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General) 2020 SCC 28, both the majority and the minority accuse each other of departing […]

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