Wise Law Blog: The Lawyer’s Weekly: Social Media Postings Creating a Litigation ‘Gold Mine’

BY SIMRAN BAKSHI, ASSOCIATE LAWYER I was recently interviewed by Lawyer’s Weekly correspondent Kim Arnott regarding the impact that social media can have in family law litigation. Given the nature of issues presented in family law, it is really not all that surprising to see social media increasingly relied upon by the Courts as an ...

Alberta Politics: Are non-Albertans who FRWN on progress behind many of the online threats against Premier Rachel Notley?

PHOTOS: Part of the uninspiring, sometimes troubling, field of Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates. Their names? Frankly, it’s too much work to note them all down (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper (CBC). Is a disengaged and demoralized ...

Wise Law Blog: Using Social Media To Build Your Online Reputation

BY GARRY J. WISE, SENIOR COUNSEL  I was recently interviewed by Law Times correspondent Jim Middlemas on the role of social media in Canadian law practices. It was a good opportunity to briefly discuss the history of Canada’s legal blogosphere and to recall the early years of Wise Law Blog. See the resulting article, Using social ...

Trashy's World: Keyboard warriors!

Maybe it’s because I am getting a bit older and my skin is thinning somewhat, but more and more, I am getting annoyed with these Keyboard Warriors© who like to furiously and constantly hammer out their frustrations with <insert topic here> and the incompetence of the . That is all well and good. We are ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney – just visiting Alberta? – piously congratulates Michael Ignatieff for Order of Canada

PHOTOS: A screen shot from the Conservative Party of Canada’s vile “Just Visiting” ads, which were designed to undermine then Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff in the spring of 2009. They worked. Below: Dr. Ignatieff, who on Friday was awarded an Order of Canada, and Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative ...

Montreal Simon: Is It Time To Take a Break from Social Media?

I must admit I've been finding to hard to blog or tweet or do anything on social media these days. It's just getting too crazy out there.The blogosphere is too gloomy, Twitter is a smoking battlefield.And it's hard to make people laugh as I like to do, when so many of the people I know are either in ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Update On An Update

Yesterday, I posted about a man an one of Edmonton’s LRT stations showing his Islamophobic/racist colours, as reported by CBC. I am happy to report that an arrest has been made: Edmonton police have a suspect in custody in connection with a possible hate crime aimed at two hijab-wearing women. Police thanked the public for ...

Wise Law Blog: Social Media in Family Law Matters

BY SIMRAN BAKSHI and RACHEL SPENCE How much is it worth to bash your spouse on social media? These days, the cost could be more than you might think.Canadian Courts have seen the use of social media as evidence in family law proceedings increase dramatically in the past few years. Westhaver v. Howard, 2007 NSSC 357, ...

cmkl: Fake news on Facebook: what they could do to fix the dust cloud of misinformation

Fake news played a pretty significant role in influencing opinion on the recent US election, which, I note, has not gone unnoticed here in Canada. The Guardian had an interesting piece about the preponderance of lies that got circulated and re-circulated amongst both Clinton and Trump supporters. Although it notes that the Trump camp was ...

Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s crack about beating Rachel Notley may have ended his hopes to lead Alberta’s right

PHOTOS: Opposition Leader Brian Jean, haunted by the radicalism of his own rural-dominated party, now looks like he’s stumbled into the same snake pit of anger and misogyny. (Photo from Wildrose.ca.) Below: Premier Rachel Notley, the subject of Mr. Jean’s controversial remark; Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt, whom he tried to discipline last spring for ...

Wise Law Blog: How Your Social Media Footprint Can Backfire on You in Court

There is no denying that we live in a new age of social media, where expressing your inner most thoughts and personal feelings to an online audience is just plain normal.While it may be tempting to speak out about the trials and tribulations you encounter with your ex spouse following the breakdown of your relationship, ...

Wise Law Blog: How Your Social Media Footprint Can Backfire on You in Court

There is no denying that we live in a new age of social media, where expressing your inner most thoughts and personal feelings to an online audience is just plain normal.While it may be tempting to speak out about the trials and tribulations you encounter with your ex spouse following the breakdown of your relationship, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Welcome to the Shitfestival, brought to you by Po-Mo and Social Media.

“How We Reached the Point Where We Can’t Hear Each Other” is a article on Counterpunch by Joseph Natoli.  I’ve excerpted some of the beginning bits for context, but the best is when he focuses on what is happening in Education and how people are taught to think these days.  I’m also a fan of ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney’s bizarre ‘Brexit’ broadsides: the explanation is in the dog-whistle

ILLUSTRATION: Press Progress’s take on Jason Kenney’s “Brexit” broadsides Thursday night and yesterday morning (Press Progress image). Below: The Acme Professional Dog Whistle, now commanding attention all over the world. It is made in U.K. You don’t even have to make this stuff up! Below that little gem, former Alberta politician Thomas Lukaszuk and Postmedia ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How Young Voters are accessing information about elections, from the National Youth Voter Survey

“Young people don’t vote,” is a common refrain heard in Canadian politics and until recently, low voter turnout by younger voters supported that claim. The recently released National Youth Voter Survey conducted by Elections Canada following the 2015 federal elections suggests that… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Time for parties of the Canadian and Alberta right to deal with the violent extremists in their midst

PHOTOS: Nigel Farage, leader of the extremist U.K. Independence Party, at the 2013 Manning Conference in Ottawa. That’s former Australian prime minister John Howard with his back to the camera, for what it’s worth. Below: The target picturing Alberta Premier Rachel Notley used by the Brooks Big Country Oilmen’s Association golf tournament last Friday, a ...

Trashy's World: Let’s call this a Thursday rant…

(… well, technically I am writing this on Wednesday night but it won’t pop up till tomorrow..) Rant # 1 – People on social media who make a fulltime job of bitching and complaining about everything. Like, EVERYTHING! A sampling from a scan of my City of Ottawa feeds this evening: There aren’t enough bike ...

Bill Longstaff: CBC to require real names on comments

In 1990, American attorney and author Mike Godwin enunciated a law regarding online discussions which roughly stated that as a thread of posts grew longer, inevitably someone would call someone else a Nazi. According to Godwin, “I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about ...

Bill Longstaff: CBC to require real names on comments

In 1990, American attorney and author Mike Godwin enunciated a law regarding online discussions which roughly stated that as a thread of posts grew longer, inevitably someone would call someone else a Nazi. According to Godwin, “I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about ...

Bill Longstaff: CBC to require real names on comments

In 1990, American attorney and author Mike Godwin enunciated a law regarding online discussions which roughly stated that as a thread of posts grew longer, inevitably someone would call someone else a Nazi. According to Godwin, “I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about ...

Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s Wildrose Party leadership is now unquestioned: the fall of Derek Fildebrandt explained

PHOTOS: Brian Jean will be in the background no more … Back in 2015, Derek Fildebrandt was dominating the conversation, refusing to answer questions from a CBC reporter who had annoyed him, as his former party leader looked on, apparently bemused (CBC photo). Below: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, from her Twitter page, and a very ...

Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

A propos of nothing in particular, let’s go over this a couple more times: Colby Cosh’s latest on the role of the “human search engine” in tracking down information about candidates and elected officials is worth a read. But it’s worth keeping in mind that the search results only matter to the extent they’re put ...

The Canadian Progressive: #AskAmbrose: Rona Ambrose Avoided Canadians’ Tough Questions During Twitter Q&A

#AskAmbrose? On Tuesday, Rona Ambrose hosted a Q&A session at Twitter headquarters. The interim Conservative leader avoided Canadians’ tough questions. The post #AskAmbrose: Rona Ambrose Avoided Canadians’ Tough Questions During Twitter Q&A appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Things Are Good: Be Conscious How Social Media Impacts Your Mental Health

Last year a study was released that identified Facebook as a contributor to people’s depression, it’s likely that other forms of social media do the same. Researchers are finding that if you use social media and compare yourself to what you see posted there will indeed make you feel worse; however, if you use social ...

Alberta Politics: It’s not just the #kudatah – it’s the feeling Alberta’s conservatives are all boarding the Crazy Train

PHOTOS: George Clark, Alberta’s answer to Joan of Arc. (Screen grab from Youtube.com.) Below: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean, who with his MLAs is tacitly supporting Mr. Clark’s efforts; the origin of the #kudatah meme; Preston Manning, a conservative godfather to whom your blogger obviously owes an apology; and St. Joan herself. Are there any ...