Christine Duhaime

Hits and misses with the Cullen Commission report on money laundering

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia issued its long-anticipated final report last week. The report has some big hits and some big misses.  What the report...

Cha-ching! The Depp vs. Heard trial and the creator economy

Here is an interesting fact: the Depp vs. Heard trial is the most popular event in the world right now. Actor Johnny Depp is suing his former spouse, Amber Heard, in the State of Virginia, for US$50...

Why leaders are saying ‘No’ to closing the skies over Ukraine for now

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, addressed the Parliament of Canada virtually on March 15, 2022, and in his address, he called on us to help “close the skies” over Ukraine and to impose...

The Ukraine war and protecting your business from Russian cyberattacks

To mitigate against the increased threat of cyberattacks during the Russian-Ukrainian tension, businesses should make sure that they keep systems up-to-date

Chaos in Canada and the Emergencies Act

It has been quite a crime week in Canada.  At the beginning of the week, a cybercriminal hacked into a U.S. donation platform called GiveSendGo and knocked it offline in an attack targeting a...

Navigating the investment dangers and opportunities in NFTs

The NFT space is moving at a speed of a million tech miles a minute, but before you leap into NFTs as an investor or collector, here are a few things to consider. An NFT, which stands for...

Proposed federal agency could be powerful tool against financial crime

On August 24, 2021, the federal Liberal party released a housing plan as part of its election campaign with 17 promises they say will be implemented if re-elected. To the surprise of just about...

Technology grabbing a bigger slice of law business pie

Flash back to the year 1988 in Vancouver.  That was the year that Howard Shapray QC, one of British Columbia’s most well-known litigators, appeared in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to...

Any pill can be a killer – five points on the fentanyl crisis in Vancouver

Last year, I gave a course with a former FBI agent on the fentanyl overdose crisis. Learning about the U.S. law enforcement response, I was struck by how global response efforts are not as aligned as...

Security fraudsters eroding the integrity of B.C.’s investment market

It should surprise no one that Canada has the dubious distinction of being the world leader in securities fraud involving pump-and-dump schemes of micro-capitalized companies. During the past nine...