40-1: The Law and Technology Archives - LawNow Magazine

Technology Transforms Criminal Law

As with society in general, the practice of criminal law has changed significantly over recent decades as a result of the amazing growth and development of technologies which, until now, were only ideas and imaginings of science-fiction writers. The lawyer of 20 or 30 years ago would likely be startled to see some of the […]


Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Social Media and the Law

I. INTRODUCTION In today’s world, a number of social networking sites (“SNSs”) have arisen, whereby people from all over the world are beginning to communicate with each other in new ways on the Internet. SNSs are a cultural phenomenon which have revolutionized interpersonal communication and will continue to do so.SNSs are a cultural phenomenon which […]


Brian A. Vail
Brian A. Vail, QC is a partner with Fieldlaw in Edmonton, Alberta.

R v Fearon : Can Police Search a Cellphone Upon Arrest?

Important Update:  Please see the article by Juliana Ho about the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in R. v Fearon.  The Supreme Court of Canada decided that the police search of Mr. Fearon’s cellphone did breach his Charter s. 8 right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure but decided that despite this breach, […]


Christine Chong
Christine Chong wrote this article for the Centre for Constitutional Studies website in 2013 while a law student at the University of Alberta. It is reprinted with the permission of the Centre.

Organizations Need to Build their CASLs: Information for Non-Profits and Registered Charities

What is CASL? CASL stands for Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation. This anagram is the unofficial name for a new law  that came into force across Canada on July 1, 2014. Because it is a federal law, it will apply to not-for-profit organizations and, with some limited exceptions, to registered charities across Canada. While the unofficial title […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

Lesley Conley
Lesley Conley
Lesley Conley is a Project Coordinator with the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

Porter Airlines: A case study in CASL

On June 29, 2015 the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) announced that Porter Airlines Inc. had agreed to pay $150,000 as part of an undertaking in respect of alleged violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). CASL requires consent to send commercial electronic messages to an electronic address unless an exemption applies. CASL also requiresWhen […]


Martin Kratz, QC
Martin Kratz, Q.C. is the Head, Intellectual Property Group, Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary, Alberta.

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