Hosted by Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff, LawsonInsight is a look inside the legal mind. Each episode shares lawyers' insights on the latest Western and Northern Canadian legal news to help you make the right decisions that affect your business.
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Episode #20 | Protecting Private Information in Alberta
On Episode 20: Protecting Private Information in Alberta – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with Jennie Buchanan about a recent decision from the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench in which the Court recognized a new tort that protects the distribution of private information including about financial matters, sexual matters, relationship records and health records.
Episode #19 | Planning Your Estate
On Episode 19: Planning Your Estate – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with Peter Roberts, QC and Jisoo Vis about the firm’s new Estate Planning and Litigation Group, and how they provide the necessary advice required to create and administer a personalized estate plan that will suit clients' needs and minimize the tax burden.
Episode #18 | Crypto Mining in Alberta
On Episode 18: Crypto Mining in Alberta – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with Shailaz Dhalla and Lewis Manning about the AUC's rules and regulations around the use and production of electric energy and how that will affect Bitcoin mining machines and processors hosted in Alberta.
Episode #17 | Rocket from the Crypto
On Episode 17: Rocket from the Crypto – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with Scott Lucyk about blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, and how this emerging market is facing new regulations in Canada.
Episode #16 | Top Employment Issues in 2021
On Episode 16: Top Employment Issues in 2021 – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with Nicole Skuggedal and Jim Boyle on some of the most interesting labour, employment and human rights cases in 2021 about masking policies, remote work arrangements and compensation awards.
Episode #14 | The Benefit of a Benefit Company
On Episode 14: The Benefit of a Benefit Company – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with Valerie Mann and Chat Ortved about the recent growth in impact investing, and how the introduction of benefit companies to the Canadian market can support businesses and their sustainability efforts.
Episode #13 | The Tragically Hip vs. Mill Street Brewery
On Episode 13:The Tragically Hip vs. Mill Street Brewery – Alix Stoicheff speaks to Mark Fancourt-Smith about trademark and competition law issues in a recent lawsuit filed by The Tragically Hip against Mill Street Brewing for their use of the name “100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager.”
Episode #12 | Trans Identity in the Courts
On Episode 12: Trans Identity in the Courts – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak with lawyer Jay Moch on transgender inclusivity in the courts and how we can improve the judicial experience for gender diverse people.
Episode #11 | Combatting “Revenge Porn” in Canada
On Episode 11: Combatting “Revenge Porn” in Canada – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to Research and Opinion’s lawyer Meg Gaily on steps made across Canada to protect people from non-consensual disclosure of intimate images, online harassment, and “revenge porn”. They discuss how legislation varies from province to province and what measures are in place to protect those most vulnerable.
Episode #10 | BC's New Contaminated Sites Requirements
On Episode 10: BC's New Contaminated Sites Requirements – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to Litigation and Dispute Resolution lawyer Will Shaw on recent changes to BC’s Environmental Management Act and the Contaminated Sites Regulation. They discuss what the changes mean for owners and operators of land used for commercial and industrial purposes.
Episode #9 | Can Your Fire a Rioter? Maybe...
On Episode 9: Can You Fire a Rioter? Maybe… – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to our Labor, Employment and Human Rights partner, Ritu Mahil on what options employers have when confronting problematic off-duty employee conduct and how employers can protect themselves with a social media policy.
Episode #8 | A New Model for Bridging Markets
On Episode 8: A New Model for Bridging Markets – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to our China Group Leader, Jack Yong about how the China Group operates differently from other practice areas in the firm and how their unique skill sets and understanding best support their clients.
Episode #7 | North of 60
On Episode 7: North of 60 – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to Northern partners, Sandra MacKenzie and Sheila MacPherson about our Northern practice and how practicing law North of 60 looks a little different.
Episode #6 | In the Spirit of Giving Gift Cards
On Episode 6: In the Spirit of Giving Gift Cards – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to Kelowna partner, Paul Matthews, P.Eng. (AB) about British Columbia’s Prepaid Purchase Cards Regulation and what you need to know when buying or using gift cards this holiday season and beyond.
Episode #5 | The FYI on the LOTA
On Episode 5:The FYI on the LOTA – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to real estate lawyers Ed Wilson and Brendan Craigabout the Land Owner Transparency Act in British Columbia, and how this groundbreaking regulation will pave the way for other jurisdictions and countries around the world.
Episode #4 | Led Zeppelin & Canadian Copyright Law
On Episode 4: Led Zeppelin & Canadian Copyright Law – Alix Stoicheff speaks to Mark Fancourt-Smith about the fundamental differences between Canadian and United States copyright law using the recent ruling in the U.S. involving Led Zeppelin’s song “Stairway to Heaven”, and some other key examples.
Episode #3 | Uber vs. Heller and the Gig Economy
On Episode 3: Uber vs. Heller and the Gig Economy – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to privacy and employment partner, Ryan Berger, about the class action case between Uber and its drivers, and how it raises new questions about the relationship between platforms like Uber and the people who provide services through them. What could this case mean for service providers like Uber and the gig economy as a whole?
Episode #2 | Considerations of Social Media Defamation
On Episode 2: Considerations of Social Media Defamation – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to litigation lawyers, Marko Vesely and Ricki-Lee Gerbrandt, about defamation—what it is, how it has traditionally been handled, and what companies should consider when faced with online defamation.
Episode #1 | Tackling Top Employment Issues in 2020
On Episode 1: Tackling Top Employment Issues in 2020 – Mark Fancourt-Smith and Alix Stoicheff speak to Labour, Employment and Human Rights lawyers, Rob Sider and Cory Sully about some of the top employment issues they have been advising on since the start of the pandemic and what employers should consider moving forward.
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January 19, 2021
November 19, 2020
How "great" is the Great Divide? How Constitutional Division of Powers Works and its Relevance to Western Canadian Businesses
November 17, 2020
September 23, 2020
May 28, 2020
- The Different Types of Intellectual Property - with Paul Matthews
- Understanding the Importance of Intellectual Property - with Paul Matthews
- Intellectual Property Ownership and Enforcement, Part 1 - with Paul Matthews
- Intellectual Property Ownership and Enforcement, Part 2 - with Paul Matthews
- Incorporating Your Company in Canada: The Process and The Benefits, Part 1 - with Michael Macaulay
- Incorporating Your Company in Canada: The Process and The Benefits, Part 2 - with Michael Macaulay
- Incorporating Your Company in Canada: The Process and The Benefits, Part 3 - with Michael Macaulay
- COVID-19 OH&S and Preparing For a Safe Return to Work - with Michelle Jones
- COVID-19 A Look at BC Employment Law During a Global Pandemic - with Katy Allen