Sunday, January 31, 2010

Top #CPC staffer pokes fun at law students for caring about Charter rights. Those bleeding hearts... #cdnpoli

Saturday, January 30, 2010

@Adam_Giambrone's YouTube video sparks controversy. #VoteTO

Friday, January 29, 2010

So, killing an abortion doc who allegedly kills unborn babies is still 1st degree murder. (Vigilantism doesn't pay)
Last time you had a surgery in Canada, a group of med students probably did a gynecological exam while you were under.
Her Majesty the Queen and F. A. G. (2010), involving several sexual offences.
SCC: Canadian officials violated #Khadr's s. 7 rights But cannot order #Harper to budge. Decision:
Online Reputation Management for Generation Y. Using these tools can only help your chances, not hinder them. #repmgt
How rating sites like can ruin your business. #repmgt If 1/100 families unsatisfied, he can write 100 neg comments
Scot fined for blowing nose while driving. And you thought Ont laws were getting ridiculous.
Two women in China fired for not drinking alcohol at the company party.
New US banking laws unlikely to affect Canadian banks.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Yes Men prank #Harper. [Vid]: #cdnpoli #cpc #lpc
#CPC links to the right-wing US groups. Yes, these guys are just an extension of Bushism into Canada. #cdnpoli
How to catch an #iPhone thief. via @
"Abolish the Senate instead of trying to reform it" Personally, I like sober first and second thought; keep them both.
Future of WestLaw (exclusive).
#LPC and #CPC still tied. #cdnpoli "evidence is that there has been a significant shift."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Full text of the #Obama speech:
#Obama: I didn't take on #healthcare because it was good politics, but because of stories about those without coverage.
Obama: I have never been more hopeful about America's future than I am tonight.
A summer #law job - blogging about SCOTUS. via @aellislegal #lawschool
Why Online Reputation Management is important: 70% hiring managers in US reject candidate on this basis alone. #repmgt
#CPC paid #Mulroney’s $2 million legal fees – but won’t pay #Colvin’s #LPC #cdnpoli What do they have to hide?
"Rethink Afghanistan" swarms White House FB page in attempt to use social media to influence policy.
"[If gay marriage is allowed] then pedophiles would have to be allowed to marry 6-7-8 year olds." Real ad for #Prop8
"They are ruthless. They are fearless. They are breaking the law." These scary criminals are - jaywalking in Toronto!
UK Supreme Court quashes 'draconian' order to freeze the assets imposed without the approval of Parliament.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The dangers of misusing medical radiation. And why we don't necessarily need more cameras, shorter wait times.
#ProTip: It's still an attempted rape, even if you get the gender of the victim wrong.
Just because Jell-O isn't liquid, doesn't mean it's not a beverage.
Law Commission of Ontario has e-learning activities.
McQuaig: Nothing could be less populist than the right's agenda – which reached its zenith under George W. Bush
Judicial activism is a 2-way street. Unfortunately, the right lane is blocked.
The Social Media President is back. #Obama will be taking your questions online, and answering them, tonight at 9pm.

Monday, January 25, 2010

You know those security certificates? Turns out you don't need to have any evidence against you for govt to use them.
TJ Burke, former AG of NB, singing "Pants on the Ground," in the Legislature. Really. #americanidol #wtf
'The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.' ~ William James #quote
The downside of #Google indexing all these books is that it looks like they want to charge us down the road for it.
Woman Uses #iPhone App to Get Pregnant; Britain’s very first “iPhone baby.” No, she didn't use it like _that_.
"On a hot Aug night in 2002, a dispute arose between 2 groups of young men over the theft of a young man’s gold chain."
Authenticating Web Pages and Screenshots as Evidence
Grant v. Torstar; defence of responsible communication and implications for bloggers and users of other online media
"The 5 groups that experience the most discrimination in the workplace" This shouldn't be a surprise.
Ontario Legal Aid Boycott ends - finally. AG promises more money.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Can unions sue and be sued in Ontario, given s. 3(2) of the Rights of Labour Act? Elaboration on previous post.
Imagine doing #lawschool in your pjs. Ok, some of you do that already. But imagine doing it in your pjs while at home!
Content is still King, even for lawyers scrambling their way to the top of a Google search.
Ivan Rand: First Rate Mind, Third Rate Temperament #law Founding Dean of UWO #lawschool, former Justice of SCC

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Can the Web save newspapers? hailed as a potential saviour; but no single solution
I won two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards. Based on highest grades in class during studies in #Israel. #lawschool
"After four years, it's Canada that has changed #Harper" #cpc #cdnpoli Strayed from Fisc Con bkg
Liberal MP Bob Rae sings "Stephen Harper: He Prorogues" to the tune of "Let it Be" #lpc #prorogue #cdnpoli

Friday, January 22, 2010

Toronto health inspector found guilty of trying to extort $1,400 from a couple who owned a bar in the city's northwest.
#Harper's decision to #prorogue cost taxpayers $50m. #cpc #lpc #ndp #cdnpoli
ONCA dismisses appeal in Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation v. Chiefs of Ontario (Profit sharing on Casino Rama)
"A man can smell when a woman is ovulating" So that's what that smell is?
PTSD in veterans imaged with MEG. Objective criteria exists for diagnosis.
An LLM in Entrepreneurship. Two of them, actually. #lawschool
My letter on the Toronto 18 and media portrayals published in the Globe yesterday:
Announcing the first-ever legal gigolo in the US. Sorry, won't give up his seat for other men though.
Hatred towards #Jews, #Muslims linked. Both groups should work more closely together to fight #discrimination.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Genuinely funny personal injury firm ad.
"Olfactory" provides risk on airplane, forcing it to land (Or why enforcement, security officials aren't right for job)
What do you say to a recent law-school graduate? “A skinny double-shot latte to go, please.” [Economist]
Carpenters back Smitherman #VoteTO
Implications of last #Ekos poll would be 117 #LPC minority govt over 114 #CPC seats. And those numbers just going up.
#CPC and #LPC tied: [CBC] See Ekos Poll here: [pdf]

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cornell launches a browser ext linking to legal resources. (US only for now)
Cornell launches a browser app linking to legal resources. (US only for now)
"Disaster Relief 2.0: Tech Tools Help Focus Haiti Resources"
When party in power drops 15 pts in 15d be assured of one thing - someone in charge just did something really stupid
Doomsday clock moves back a minute. And you said #Obama accomplished nothing. Diplomacy works!
Alb tar sands are US only choice left But might be disastrous for Canadian economy and mfg sector
Health and medical research is a top Health Care priority for Canadians via @vijaysappani

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's true. Between my genetic endowment, and #Facebook (or other platform with headshots) I really am unstoppable.
How these law firms got diversity. Focusing on other skills as well brought minorities to the top of the firm.
#Ignatieff: “The puppets are always there and they just change the little puppets, but the great leader is still there"
Here is a message about Dumah,
Someone calls to me from Seir:
“Watchman, what is left of the night?"... “Morning is coming, but then night"
If you want to retire rich, you have to save; you have to spend less than you make.
#CPC support down to 17% in Que, #LPC up to 23% - and 43% among Anglophones The end of Cons tyranny is nigh... #cdnpoli

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sandvine will make the Internet "smarter" [vid]
Could US, UK, Can be making drug trade in Afghanistan worse? Remember the eradication in 2001?
[strange] US military company inscribe rifle sights with Biblical verses Mikey Weinstein objects, but he's "not a Xian"
Faking your own rape might get you jailed. Especially if the innocent person arrested is Mr. Cummings (real name).
U.S. to Haitians: Don't come here (Can we bring them to Canada instead?)
Study for the Bar Exam on Your iPhone CA only; probably not coming to Canada any time soon.
"Here is a government, from its head down, that practices ignorance-based public policy." #cpc #lpc #cdnpoli #ndp
3L Suspected in Philly Shooting (Why did he have to be Asian?)
If a suicidal woman is standing on the bridge, please don't request Van Halen's "Jump" on the radio. (Yes, she jumped).
Communication guidelines for journalists and managers in disasters. #Haiti
NYTimes moving to an online paid model. Please note, I will no longer be reading the NYTimes.
"#Ignatieff's new maxim: to thine own self be true" #cpc #lpc #cdnpoli #ndp
Insides of India’s legal outsourcing company more reminiscent of bridge of the Starship Enterprise than a law firm

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Huge bonuses make workers less productive. Irrational? Nobody said human beings were anything but.
Canadian rehab profs rebranding "concussions" as mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) to better convey seriousness
Avatar sales surpass that of Star Wars How is this possible? Or maybe ticket prices have risen in a couple decades.
An ancient English war-time propaganda poem about the French And how Canada uses propaganda today
How #Google Ranks Tweets via @MartinWaxman @Steveology Essential #SEO tips.
Preferential treatment of US citizens in #Haiti increases anti-American sentiment Accused of monopolizing resources
Israeli Defence Forces in Haiti. Militaries can do good too!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

a warning to Canadian litigants, but our law is different on spoliation since Zubulake
Using a Facebook ad to find a job. Sounds risky.
"Jewish girls are not free for the taking and must not become enslaved to Arab men.” Tax-funded faith-based orgs @ work
SCC raised the bar of journalism. Review of Grant v TorStar and Quan v Cusson by Kathy English.
Girls: fairy tale endings are a lie. Figured someone would tell you that by now.
Spanish MP accuses FBI of sloppy work. Supposed reconstruction of Bin Ladin picture ripped off his face.
"law schools breed idealism; law firms realism" - anonymous articling student
Parminder Singh Saini rejected from admission to the bar.

Friday, January 15, 2010

CBA requests @MinJK expedite immigration applications for those from #Haiti Canadian lawyers offering pro bono services
Why you should not give to World Vision when donating for aid In #Haiti or otherwise.
Social media works, even if your clients don't use social media.
Harper's flame going out. #cpc #lpc #ndp #cdnpoli
Organic market sales soar.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Three largest relief parties sent to Haiti in this order: US, Canada, Israel. Let's give credit where credit is due.
I was quoted in last month's issue of Lexpert Magazine. Read it here on @DavisLLP:
“Kings are not bound to give an account of their actions, but to god alone”. - King Charles I.
#CPC slips in polls after #prorogue to a slim 1.6 lead Who would've thought Canadians would object? #lpc #cdnpoli #ndp
Ambassador of Haiti addresses Robert's "Pact with the Devil" accusations:
Pat Robertson: real reason for Haiti quake is country's pact with Satan I really hope US isn't hit one day by disaster

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The 6 place you (and me) waste our money Convenience Stores, phones, pop, bank fees, mags, credit cards
PSA law firms: performance decreases significantly with multiple all-nighters Last I checked lawyers are still human
Hear Michael #Ignatieff speak on discrimination, racial profiling, and use of social media in politics #lpc #cdnpoli

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

RT @npmaven: RT @3rdSect: 10 hallmarks of high trust orgs: Does your law firm fit these criteria?
Internet has become an economic and information battleground. But prevention still better than cure. #repmgt
EuCtHR strikes down stop and search powers as violating human rights.
Mr. Rogers lied. U can't be anything u want. There is no perfect job. U are not really that special via @TheJuryExpert
Watson jumps ship too for Ottawa mayoral bid Now is probably a good time to be an Ont MP looking for a cabinet position
After expanding in the Gulf last year, is Blakes LLP prepping associates for arbitration opportunities in Bahrain?
A €20m "Google tax" in France? I knew Sarkozy is nuts, but he takes the French out of laissez-faire.
Opening statements by Katami on Prop 8: being pelted with rocks and eggs in university for being gay in the USA.
Dutch inquiry conclusively finds, no legal basis for US invasion of Iraq under intl law. Most of us knew that already.
#Harper gets a stern lecture #Ignatieff promises to never silence dissent and shutter Parliament #cpc #lpc #cdnpoli
Stephen Harper - a clear and present danger to Canadian democracy. Maybe Obama should pull a pre-emptive regime change.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65CE)

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Revolution will Not be Televised, Yet. SCOTUS intervenes in Proposition 8 broadcast on YouTube.
For country prides itself on inclusiveness & diversity, Canadians doing poor job reflecting society in political ranks

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Paper on SSRN: My Emperor Has Clothes: Alternatively, He's Well Endowed. (A response to Randal Graham)
Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. - Immanuel Kant #quote
Questing, it seems, is not all fun and games when on the run. Fugitive caught through WoW account.
Appeal of Proposition 8 (on same-sex marriage) starting tomorrow will be on YouTube.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The international strategy for eliminating terrorism has failed. A new strategy is needed.
Will this prorogation be the tipping point alerting Canadians to what they did not know before? (No). Wake up Canada!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Lonely judge on Facebook? Don't go poking the Defendant.
Better technology than body scanners exist to address privacy concerns and internal hazards. But will we use it?
53 per cent of Canadians disagree with #Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament only 19% in favour #cdnpoli #cpc
How to come out of the closet in a big law firm.
Introducing Canada's minority dictatorship #LPC #ROFT #CDNPoli #NDP No, not those kinds of minorities.
How to make a billion dollars with social media. (Case study of #Avatar)
“Blackwatergate”–Private Military Firm in Firestorm of Controversy [vid]
Human Rights Watch: Lessons from Afghanistan for Yemen.
Health care regulators can use social media too.
Heading back to TO tonight.
Former Blackwater employees arrested for murder over incidents in Afghanistan.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yemeni leaders reject American portrayal of their country. [Globe]
Polls show most Canadians are still liberal. Give them better alternatives and they'll take it. #lpc #cpc #cdnpoli
Law school admissions in US lags among minorities, even as grades and LSATs go up. (NYTimes)
What is a SOB? (legal commentary inside, really!)
If you graduated over a decade ago, a university shouldn't have a hard time evicting you from a dorm, right? (BC SC)
Is the public ready for Li ion battery powered cars? GM thinks Volt is the right thing to do.
That cell phone radiation? Might actually be good for you.
That cell phone radiation? Might actually be good for you.
L Carey: sheer numbers of migrants threaten the very DNA of our nation. Eugenics, it seems, did not die with the Nazis
R v Sussex Justices, Ex parte McCarthy [1924] "Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done."
Back to school again (finally).
John Tory will not run for mayor.
Canadian woman turned back from US border. Can you guess why?
Ten years as top judge and she's still losing sleep: Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Terrorism rehab: Fighting jihad with writing, art contests" Strategies that actually work, instead of making it worse.
"US-led troops dragged innocent children from their beds and shot them during a nighttime raid." [vid]
ON CA (R v Blake): Applying Grant provides same result as Collins test for admissibility of evidence for s. 24(2)
Review of pros/cons of #Google's #NexusOne: [Mashable]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

@pmharper prorogues our national security in the interest of partisan #cpc politics: #cdnpoli Clarify scanner use plz.
"Passengers selected for secondary screenings..." sounds a lot less "voluntary" and a lot more arbitrary. [vid]
Chantal Bernier: body scanners only for voluntary screenings after failing metal detectors, refusing physical We'll see
How to setup a #NexusOne phone in Canada (it's doable apparently).
Michael Ignatieff's speech on Harper's move to prorogue: #cpc #lpc #ndp #bloc #cndpoli
Google revels their Nexus One phone: (not available in Canada)
US finally lifts ban on HIV+ persons entering from Canada after 22 years. Meanwhile, border thickens in other ways.
When Acting Captain George Kirk of the USS Kelvin deliberately crashes into the Narada, is he a suicide bomber?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Remember those 2nd-class Canadian citizens? New US security rules means they might be back.
Toronto Public Library will provide free Wi-Fi to the public. #cool
BC SC: Massage therapy IS a treatment. (Raguin v. ICBC)
Real lesson of Soviet invasion is that victory is expensive; wasting $ fighting for unimportant territory.
Massive overreaction in Yemen playing right into the hands of terrorist group. Obama risks adopting Bushism policies.
"New" rules for investing. Tried and true principles of wealth creation that have withstood the test of time.
The strangest social media story of the year. Starring @asshatlawyer @bobambrogi @MarkWBennett @rex7 @blawgreview etc.
Toronto mayoral race now officially on. Smitherman and Rossi both in the mix.
2009 Blawg 100 results are now visible online in each of 10 categories:
Accusations of Canadian war crimes may be politically risky. But should politics ever take precedent over law? #cdnpoli

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pundits painting way the new year will unfold for #Ignatieff may bite national experts in their collective butts. #lpc
Is a bidding system the future of legal hiring? Clients can approve billable hours and milestones with this new system.
How new Internet domain names in other languages can steal your money and identity.
"I like being different. The view is better from the outside looking in." - Lawrence Kutner M.D.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Why #lawschool was so much of an easier choice for me over #medschool:
Why right-wing political parties want to make global terrorism worse, not better #gop #cpc
The slogan that Liberals need: “What is he trying to hide?” #cpc #lpc #cdnpoli
Saw avatar. Loved it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

"If there was a gold medal for shafting democracy at the Winter Olympics, Stephen Harper would win it" via Alghabra
Study on fastest-growing corporations suggests that social media might provide an edge over larger competitors.
@BlawgReview of the Year now accepting nominations for 2009. #BR2009 Check out my contribution:
Jordan asks Canada to seize Dead Sea scrolls, on display at ROM. See 1954 Hague Convention:
Malaysian RCC publication wins suit at KL High Ct to use word "Allah" by Christians under country's freedom of religion
Results from the #clawbies2009 are out, with Slaw and Law is Cool winning awards. Congrats to everyone!