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New Tort of Harassment: Alberta Health Services v Johnston

Alberta Health Service employees experienced the brunt of the anti-vaccine and anti-masking sentiments triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Former Calgary mayoral candidate Kevin Johnston in particular was a prominent agitator against the employees of AHS not only expressing anti-vaccine and anti-masking rhetoric in-person and online, but also calling AHS employees terrorists and criminals. As a result of his treatment of AHS employees, particularly his treatment of the plaintiff Sarah Nunn, the tort of harassment has been officially recognized in Alberta. I summarize here the test for the new tort and what damages can flow from it.

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Alberta Firms Make the Season Bright

As we enter the 2023-2024 holiday season, we at Law Matters would like to recognize and celebrate law firms that give back to the community. Across the province and every year, members of the legal community take numerous initiatives that serve and support the wider community. Beyond legal work, the legal community acts to improve the lives of those around them. This is particularly evident in smaller regions around Alberta, where law firms are an important part of the fabric of their communities. This year, we are spotlighting two regional firms as fine examples of the positive impact of the legal community on greater society.

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Does my Employer Own my Side Project?

Employees generate some of an employer’s most valuable intellectual property (“IP”) in the course of their employment. But an enterprising employee may develop a side project or hustle that blurs the lines of ownership. In this blog, we discuss important considerations to determine ownership of a side project, including the different types of IP, contract considerations, use of employer’s resources, and how to protect a side project.

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Lady Justice – Get Smart: Regulate AI

Our democracy depends on the rule of law. Too many rules, some of them referred to as red tape, can halt society and keep it from being free, competitive and innovative. Not enough rules and we descend into chaos, each citizen out for themselves. The global pandemic is an example of a situation where the lack of established rules resulted in polarity and chaos, as we do NOT all think alike – surprise, surprise. Everything needs balance, thus the symbolic scales of justice held by Lady Justice.

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Lady Justice: Deadly Serious Business

Our democracy depends on the rule of law. Too many rules, some of them referred to as red tape, can halt society and keep it from being free, competitive and innovative. Not enough rules and we descend into chaos, each citizen out for themselves. The global pandemic is an example of a situation where the lack of established rules resulted in polarity and chaos, as we do NOT all think alike – surprise, surprise. Everything needs balance, thus the symbolic scales of justice held by Lady Justice.

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Legal Goes Digital

Donna Purcell, KC, Lawyer and Chief Innovation Officer of Donna Purcell QC Law spoke to the Manufacturing & Export Enhancement (MEE) cluster. See the full article here. As Bronze Sponsors of the SmartMTX, Donna leads a cloud-based full-service law firm that serves clients throughout

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Legal Assistant Job Posting

Benefits: Pay: Competitive. Commensurate with experience. Schedule: Monday to Friday; 37.5 Hours per week Location of Ideal Candidate: Preferably in or near a major center such as Calgary, Red Deer, or Edmonton. Job Description: Donna Purcell QC Law has a career advancing position available

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Lady Justice: Justice for the Classes

Our democracy depends on the rule of law. Too many rules, some of them referred to as red tape, can halt society and keep it from being free, competitive and innovative. Not enough rules and we descend into chaos, each citizen out for themselves. The global pandemic is an example of a situation where the lack of established rules resulted in polarity and chaos, as we do NOT all think alike – surprise, surprise. Everything needs balance, thus the symbolic scales of justice held by Lady Justice.

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Lady Justice: Celebrating Black Canadian Trailblazers

Ronke Omorodion, “Lady Justice: Celebrating Black Canadian Trailblazers”, Red Deer Advocate (24 February 2023) 10. When “Lady Justice” asked me to be a guest columnist for Black History Month, I was thrilled! Little did I know that writing this would trigger a lot of

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A Guide to Canadian Anti-Spam Compliance

By Julian Dobre Primer on Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL” or the “Act”) is a regulatory framework designed to protect Canadians from the misuse of digital technology, including identity theft, phishing, malicious software, and unsolicited marketing. Businesses that market their products

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