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Legal Response in Canada to the Opioid Crisis

Over the past few years, there has been a profound increase in the number of deaths associated with problematic opioid use in Canada. From the beginning of 2016 to mid-2018, there have been over 10,300 opioid-related deaths. And according to Statistics Canada, the national life expectancy at birth did not increase from 2016 to 2017 […]


Ryley Schmidt
Ryley Schmidt is a law student at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta and a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Medical Assistance in Dying and its Enforceability in a Personal Directive

The Supreme Court of Canada upheld a blanket prohibition on assisted dying in its 1993 decision Rodriguez v. British Columbia (AG), in which the Court stated that aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide was considered a criminal offence. Many argued that this left individuals with an unfair choice between killing themselves while still […]


Daniella Lyman
Daniella Lyman was an associate lawyer at McLennan Ross LLP. For further information with respect to Personal Directives, please contact any member of the firm's Wills and Estates Practice Group.

Seniors – Health, Homes, and Help from the Taxman

As individuals age and medical conditions become more prevalent and significant, the need for assistance in daily activities increases. As a result, many consider moving to nursing homes, retirement homes, or smaller apartments or condos. Alternatively, some may choose to remain in their home but engage others for assistance or make structural modifications to improve […]


Joseph Devaney
Joseph Devaney
Joseph Devaney, CPA, CA, is a member of the editorial board of Video Tax News in Edmonton, Alberta.

Caitlin Butler
Caitlin Butler, CPA, CA, is a designated accountant splitting her time between Vancouver, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta. She is a member of the Video Tax News editorial board and is a co-writer and presenter of the Video Tax News National Personal Tax and Corporate Tax update courses.

AI in healthcare is coming, and we need to be ready

From the alarming forecasts of tech moguls to vigorous debates on online forums, there’s a growing public discussion about the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and how to manage its development. People often talk about AI by evoking grandiose prophecies about the future. While one day we may be apathetically wiped out by […]


Blake Murdoch
Blake Murdoch, JD, MBA, is a research associate at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

A little nudge goes a long way in increasing organ donor registrations

Each year, hundreds of Canadians die waiting for organ transplants. At the end of 2017, for example, 4,333 people were waiting for transplants; 242 of them died. Many of these deaths could be prevented if people signed their organ donor registration cards. And even though the vast majority of Canadians support organ donation, less than […]


Nicole Robitaille
Nicole Robitaille
Nicole Robitaille is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Queen's University, Ontario. She conducted this research with Nina Mazar, Claire Tsai and Elizabeth Hardy in partnership with the the Ontario Government’s Behavioural Insights Unit and the Behavioural Economics in Action research centre at the Rotman School of Management (BEAR).

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