Password Misery!

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By Don Johnston on October 18, 2016

We all hate passwords. Anyone who says s/he doesn’t is fibbing. I had an experience recently, while at the International Bar Association conference in Washington, that renewed my hatred for passwords. The word “hatred” is inadequate to express how I actually feel about passwords – it’s more like the white-hot radiation of a million simultaneous […]


“Sport at the Service of Humanity” – Can Sport Change Society?

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By Paige Backman on September 29, 2016

World leaders in business, sport and faith will gather at the Vatican from October 5-7, 2016, to discuss how a partnership among these three elements of society can effect positive societal change. The “Sport at the Service of Humanity” conference will be attended by 150 delegates, including Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United […]


The Future of the Internet: Less “Walking Dead” and More “House of Cards”? The FCC and CRTC Consider Implications of Data Caps and Differential Pricing

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By Ken Clark and Andreea Andrei on September 22, 2016

Usage-based pricing plans provide consumers with a fixed amount of monthly data for a set price. Once you reach your data cap for the month, access to data either becomes restricted or extra fees are levied. This system provides a great deal of income for ISPs, particularly from online streaming and video viewing. In Canada, […]


A&B Lawyer Invited to the Vatican to Participate in Global Conference on Sport and Humanity

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By The Spotlight on September 21, 2016

Paige Backman, a partner with the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group and Co-Chair of the Sports & Media Team, has been invited to the Vatican to participate in the first global conference on “Sport at the Service of Humanity.” Paige is a former member of Canada’s national water polo team, is an advisor to international sports organizations, […]


Russian Cyber Spy Group Hacks World Anti-Doping Agency, Releases Private Medical Information on Olympic Athletes

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By Paige Backman on September 14, 2016

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed yesterday that a Russian cyber espionage group broke into WADA’s anti-doping database and accessed athlete data, including confidential medical data, and subsequently released some of that data, including information on various athletes’ use of medication, to the public. The action was accompanied by the threat that they will release […]


2 Costly Mistakes to Avoid if Your Customers Sign Waivers

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By Aaron Baer on September 12, 2016

What do a multi-million dollar corporation, a large community-based organization and a publicly-traded company have in common? They’re all making costly mistakes when it comes to the use of waivers. Hopefully your company isn’t making the same mistakes… Lesson 1: Make sure your customer-facing employees understand the purpose of the waiver and are properly instructed […]


The CRTC Wades into Quebec’s Internet Blocking Legislation – Does A Constitutional Collision Loom?

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By Stephen Zolf on September 7, 2016

In May 2016, the Quebec National Assembly enacted section 12 of An Act respecting mainly the implementation of certain provisions of the Budget Speech of 26 March 2015, L.Q. 2016, c. 7 (Bill 74) Among other provisions, section 12 of Bill 74 effectively gives Lotto-Québec the power to order Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block […]


Connected Vehicles and Privacy

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By Don Johnston on August 25, 2016

I have read a lot of stuff lately about the so-called dangers of connected cars and the inevitability that my car is going to kidnap me and drive me to a dark place and dump me. I’ll be lucky to survive, apparently. That’s okay; I’m from Hamilton. I’ve been driven to dark places and dumped […]


Congratulations to Our Winners!

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By The Spotlight on August 22, 2016

Congratulations to Judi George who won an Apple Watch and to David Strom who won our Rio 2016 Canadian Olympic Team apparel package. Thank you to everyone who subscribed to our blog. We hope you find our posts interesting and enlightening.


Has your Company Suffered a Data Breach? Expect to Lose $6.03 Million on Average

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By Aaron Baer and Gobind Ahuja on August 10, 2016

There are 6.03 million reasons for organizations to protect their databases from cyber-attacks. The 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study (the “Study”), produced by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, serves as a sharp reminder for organizations to continue to bolster their data security initiatives. According to the Study, the average cost of a data breach […]


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