STRICTLY LEGAL

Hot topic legal chats with thought leaders & industry experts from the Osgoode community

Strictly Legal, an Osgoode Professional Development podcast, is about all things legal. Each episode, we unpack
current issues affecting the legal landscape with the help of some of the industry's leading thinkers.

Download or stream the latest edition of Strictly Legal here and keep up to date on hot topic legal issues with some of the leading minds in the industry.

Episode 2: Who Owns Blockchain?

Episode 1: Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).


Strictly Legal, an Osgoode Professional Development podcast, is about all things legal. 

Each episode, we unpack current issues affecting the legal landscape with the help of some of the industry's leading thinkers.

Download or stream the latest edition of Strictly Legal here and keep up to date on hot topic legal issues with some of the leading minds in the industry.

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China has banned Intial Coin Offerings (ICOs), meanwhile, Canada’s regulators are giving them a big break while outlining their views on the application of securities law to cryptocurrencies. And since the US Securities and Exchange Commission‘s ruled that ICO tokens may be classified as securities, we’ve seen an escalation of regulatory announcements on ICOs.

So, what exactly are ICOs?

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Heated fights over intellectual property are nothing new in promising technology markets. Are we poised for a revolution in the protection of all types of IP?  The blockchain can be used to control and track the distribution of protected IP.  Imagine a world where you could easily register and claim ownership over your original creative works – from music to photos to blogs. With the use of blockchain technology, that world is not so far away. 

As the world reacts to the current blockchain mania, many businesses in the community are having discussions on what the future of innovation in the blockchain space looks like. 

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Episode 4: Artificial Intelligence - What does it look like in law?


There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation currently circulating regarding AI and its application in legal frameworks. 
In this episode of Strictly Legal, host Amy ter Haar tries to make sense of the thorny ethical and legal issues of AI with two powerful forces in the Toronto artificial intelligence community:   Kathryn Hume  and   Carole Piovesan .  

 What are the distinctions between artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing? And just how far are we from unsupervised machine learning in law?

This week's guest:  

  • Kathryn Hume, VP Product & Strategy, integrate.ai (  @HumeKathryn )      
  • Carole Piovesan, Associate, McCarthy Tetrault (  @CJPiovesan )          

> Register now for OsgoodePD's  Artificial Intelligence: Confronting the Legal and Ethical Issues of AI in Business (April 25, 2018). 

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Episode 3: The #MeToo Movement - Emerging Trends in Sexual Assault Claims in Canada.


Over the last few weeks, reports of sexual assault have leapt – and these claims are not just bound to Hollywood’s elite.  More and more victims are coming forward and sharing their stories with the help of #MeToo. 

In this episode Gillian Hnatiw (Partner,  Lerners LLP) joins OsgoodePD's Heather Gore Liddell to discuss the Canadian legal landscape in sexual assault and harassment, including why one might choose the civil system over the criminal system or vice versa; whether settlement gives relief to victims; and just how  jurisdiction is determined in these cases.

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Upcoming OsgoodePD CPD programs discussing sexual assault claims in Canda:


Episode 5: What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

A set of sweeping new regulations took effect in late May, which some call it the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. But what does it mean for Canadian businesses? 

 In this episode of Strictly Legal, host Amy ter Haar sits down with entrepreneur and tech expert Avery Swartz to discuss what GDPR is, why we should care, and the battle for privacy. 

Although GDPR is a regulation in EU law how is it affecting Canadians? What is Canada's approach to all this and how can businesses better prepare? All these questions and more are answered here!

This week's guest:  

  • Avery Swartz, Founder & CEO, Camp Tech.  Digital Advisor & consultant, North Coast Group.  (@AverySwartz)

> Register now for OsgoodePD's  LLM in Privacy and Cybersecurity   

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Episode 6: Regulating in the Context of Change

There are few current perceived gaps in our existing regulatory framework. With new regulation and emerging technology, what are the challenges posed for regulators? 

 In this episode of Strictly Legal, host Amy ter Haar sits down with Malcolm Mercer and Nye Thomas. 

Is there a contextual approach to principle-based regulation? Does more regulation solve the problem? Are there other avenues for intervention: social, educational, technological, legal/policy based? All these questions and more are answered here!

This week's guest:  

  • Malcolm Mercer, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault. Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario. Elected Bencher since 2011. Served on numerous LSO committees, Tasks Forces and Working Groups. 
  • Nye Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Commission. Currently leading LCO projects on Internet defamation, legal rights, class actions, and law reform and technology issues. 

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In this podcast, Professors Bruce Ryder and Alexandra Flynn discuss the contested legal terrain within the downsizing of the size of the City of Toronto's council by nearly half. 

Professors Ryder and Flynn analyze Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba's ruling to set aside Bill 5 and the court's finding that the government interfered with the right to freedom of expression for both candidates and voters when the province of Ontario passed the law in August. 

Ultimately, Professors Ryder and Flynn affirm the importance of municipal governance and conclude that wards are but one important component of municipal representation and governance in the determination of municipal authority.

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Episode 7: Municipal Authority & the Charter - Next Steps with Bill 5