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February 1, 2016

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Page 16 February 1, 2016 • Law Times MACKAY OK AT BAKER & MCKENZIE Peter MacKay, the for- mer federal attorney general and minister of Defence, will be joining global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP's To- ronto office, ending me- dia speculation around potential leadership by MacKay of the Conser- vative party. Peter MacKay will be a partner at the firm, working in litigation, government enforce- ment, and compliance. There had been media speculation about MacKay returning to politics in light of the leadership race for the Conservative party, but MacKay says he wants to focus on practicing law. "What I can tell you is that I have made a very clear decision to re- sume the practice of law, and so that's where my focus is," says MacKay. "I made that decision some time ago, when I exited politics to spend more time with my family, to be more available to them, but also just to return to the private sector was always my intention, as a career, to practice law." MacKay says it will be the first time he's made his home in Toronto, where he will be settling with his family, including two young children. He says he is hopeful about having a healthy work-life balance. "That was part of the calculus. I think it's a good fit here. It's a very family-friendly environment, among other qualities attributable to Baker & McKenzie," says MacKay. Baker & McKenzie has about 80 lawyers in Toronto and about 4,400 worldwide. "All law firms react to what's happening with their clients and what their clients' needs are," says Kevin Coon, managing partner of the Toronto office. GEORGE ADAMS RECEIVES HONOURARY LLD The Law Society of Upper Cana- da has awarded a degree of Doc- tor of Laws, honoris causa to the Honourable George W. Adams. Considered a Canadian pio- neer of alternative dispute reso- lution, the former law professor, award-winning author, and for- mer judge of the Ontario Supe- rior Court of Justice has acted as a mediator and facilitator in almost every type of conf lict and conducted many public policy facilitations. ANAND BECOMES FIRST RESEARCH CHAIR FOR INVESTOR RIGHTS The University of Toronto an- nounced Jan. 27 that professor Anita Anand, a corporate law and governance expert, is the new J. R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protec- tion and Corporate Governance at the university's Faculty of Law. She becomes the first research chair for investor rights in North America thanks to a generous gift from well-known philan- thropist the Hon. Hal Jackman, a law school alumnus, former U of T chancellor, and former lieuten- ant governor of Ontario. The chair is named after J.R. Kimber, author of the founda- tional "Report of the Attorney General's Committee on Secu- rities Legislation in Ontario" (March 1965), which laid the foundation for Canada's modern securities regulatory regime. LAW TIMES POLL RESULTS Last week, we asked our read- ers if they agree with the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to give governments an additional four months to figure out how physician- assisted death will occur. The bulk of our readers say time is not necessarily of the essence, but getting it right is. Slightly less than 65 per cent of the respondents said yes, they agree with the decision to grant the extension, as it will allow governments to determine their approach and benefit Canadi- ans. That left slightly more than 35 per cent of the respondents who said they do not agree with the extension because it is such a time-sensitive issue. LT u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story Kevin Coon welcomes Peter MacKay to Baker & McKenzie. encourages readers to send us letters, but will edit them for space, taste, and libel consideration. Please provide your name, address and contact number and send all letters to: Law Times, 2075 Kennedy Rd., Toronto, Ont. M1T 3V4E-mail: ARE YOU RECEIVING CANADIAN LEGAL NEWSWIRE? Keep abreast of essential late-breaking legal news and developments with our electronic newswire. VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.CANADIANLAWYERMAG.COM AND LOOK UNDER "LINKS" SIGN UP FOR FREE From the publisher of and CanLegalNW_LT_Feb1_16.indd 1 2016-01-27 3:21 PM UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZE ATTRACTS HUNDREDS OF 'WINNERS' WORCESTER, England — You know those kids who would show up to class and say the dog ate their homework? Well, it turns out they've grown up and are now saying they won a lottery prize worth more than $66 million — but can't find the ticket, or ru- ined it accidentally. The BBC reports hundreds of people have come forward to claim a record lottery prize. The winning ticket was bought in Worcester, about 160 kilometres northwest of London, for a Lotto jackpot in January. Since then, Camelot, the lottery operator, has said hundreds of people who believe they may have won have come forward to claim the prize, and reported lost, stolen, or damaged tickets. "We want the people of Worcester to check their tickets. We want them to check down the side of sofas, in pockets, in glove compartments, on shelves — just anything that can help them find the winning ticket," said Andy Carter, Camelot's senior winners' adviser, reported the Guardian. The BBC reports that a woman named Susanne Hinte may be the lucky winner, but she washed the ticket while it was tucked in a pair of jeans. Camelot has indicated it is still investigating each claim, on a case-by-case basis. To date, Camelot has not identified the shop where the winning ticket was sold. "With prizes of this size, it's perfectly normal to receive lots of claims from people who genuinely think that they may have mislaid or thrown out what they believe was the winning ticket," said a Camelot spokesman. "That's what we're seeing now, and we are looking into all of these claims as part of our ef- forts to find the rightful ticket holder. However, if we believe that somebody has intentionally tried to defraud the National Lottery, then, just like any other company, we reserve the right to take what- ever action we consider is appropriate." WHAT DO YOU CALL STOLEN CHEESE? NACHO FROMAGE! WISCONSIN — It's delicious. It's sometimes nutritious. And it may be nabbed. Two high-profile cheese thefts south of the border have led to thousands of dollars of lost product. CNN reports that the first theft took place in Germantown, after a trailer full of locally made cheese was stolen from outside a transportation business. The cheese was scheduled for delivery to stores across the United States. Surveillance video from D & G Transporta- tion showed the trailer of cheese being hooked up and driven away. Another theft involving more than $125,000 worth of Parmesan cheese happened after a thief or thieves made off with the product, which was in a facility in Marshfield. No arrests have been made, reported CNN. CNN reports that if food inspectors sealed the cheese trailer and it was opened, the seal would be broken and the cheese would no longer be edible under U.S. federal law. LT "Hello? Law Society of Upper Canada Practice Competency Advice Hotline?"

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