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Reversal of man's firing for sexual harassment sends key message

An adjudicator’s decision to reverse the firing of a New Brunswick probation officer for sexual harassment because of the “barn-like” atmosphere of sexual ... Read more

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Anti-money laundering watchdog underfunded, over-extended

Musings from Canada's anti-money laundering watchdog that it’s assessing financial technology startups for vulnerability belie the reality that the agency is already ... Read more

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Family law is challenging, rewarding to Richard Diamond

Toronto family lawyer Richard Diamond grew up in a household where he was expected to present a well-reasoned argument if he wanted to borrow the ... Read more

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Several factors at play when boomers sell businesses

Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen says she has noticed a surge in the amount of older business owners who are starting to sell their companies. The greying of ... Read more

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Mayeski Mathers: A growing full-service firm

Mayeski Mathers LLP is growing, with offices in Picton and Toronto, as well as plans to open a satellite office in Wellington, says Toronto and Prince Edward County lawyer ... Read more

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Two-tier criminal justice a 'stark reality' in Canada

Although legal-aid programs are designed around the idea that there should not be one law for the rich and another for the poor, this long-neglected system is actually ... Read more

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Can employers refuse to hire smokers, deduct employee wages?

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner discussed the question of discrimination against employees who smoke, and whether ... Read more

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Some IP with your lunch?

By John Simpson  Boaden Catering Limited v. Real Food for Real Kids Inc. is a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court that includes a healthy plateful (pun intended) of ... Read more


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Most distracted accidents are acts of stupidity: Ford
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Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford has witnessed the aftermath of distracted walking and driving accidents first-hand in the emergency room, and says ... Read more

Selecting an appropriate estate trustee requires careful consideration
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Choosing an estate trustee to carry out the wishes and instructions in your will can be a daunting task so it’s key to understand the duties and responsibilities of this ... Read more

Mala Joshi reduces barriers for small companies seeking IP advice
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When small- and medium-sized business owners go to Toronto lawyer Mala Joshi for help protecting their intellectual property, they find a kindred spirit. After ... Read more

Personal approach important for lawyers — with a caveat
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Providing solid legal advice is essential to the success of any law practice — but lawyers should also ensure they stay on top of files and provide timely ... Read more

Large expenses justified when big billings at stake
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While a lawyer’s decision to expense an extravagant meal may initially raise some eyebrows amongst colleagues, the purchase can be worthwhile if it has a significant ... Read more

Budget, monitoring system key to handling lawyer expense claims
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When it comes to managing lawyers' expenses, it is essential for law firms to have a clear budget and an outline of the level of claims that are acceptable, Toronto ... Read more

Sunny ways signal positive change for immigration law
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The Liberal government's wide-ranging immigration reform bill signals a positive change in immigration law, says Calgary immigration and tax lawyer Mandeep S. Mohar . Bill ... Read more

Six steps to avoid common first-time homebuyer pitfalls
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First-time homebuyers should be aware of common problems that can mar or even derail the purchase of their dream property, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita ... Read more

Consumers pay the price for insurance fraud: Downs
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With personal injury claims on the rise, consumers can expect to pay even more for auto insurance, says Jim Downs , managing director of MKD International Inc. “When it ... Read more

Views differ on what inspires public confidence in justice system
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The recent decision to release Toronto police Const. James Forcillo on bail until his appeal hearing next year shows there may be a disconnect between what the courts ... Read more

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Charter rights: more on the right to trial within reasonable time
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By Stacey Nichols  Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada overhauled how a Canadian court will evaluate whether a criminal defendant’s right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ... Read more

Those little loopholes in your LTD policy
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By Brian Goldfinger  Our law firm handles a wide array of personal injury and disability claims. Many of our cases are against large, multi-national insurance companies who provide all types of ... Read more

Income determination: performance bonuses and transitional loans
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By Andrew Feldstein  Rogers v. Rogers, 2015 ONSC 7794 : This case addressed the question of whether a support payor’s performance bonuses and transitional loans structured received from an ... Read more

Ask a lawyer: what is small claims court and when do I need one?
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By Timothy N. Sullivan  Everyone’s heard of small claims court. But not everyone knows when to use it. The Ontario Small Claims Court is a lot of things. It’s a court of justice. ... Read more

Effecting an insurance designation by declaration
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By Ian Hull  What language will be sufficient to effect a beneficiary designation by codicil? The decision in The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company v. Ait-Said , 2016 ONSC 4051 ... Read more

Are you ready for the deadline for combatting sexual harassment?
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By Inga Andriessen  On Sept. 8, 2016, Ontario employers must comply with the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that address sexual harassment in the workplace. The changes are ... Read more

Genetic testing of a deceased’s beneficiaries
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By Rachel Migicovsky  Prince died on April 21, 2016 at his home in Minnesota without a will and with an estate worth an estimated US$300 mi llion. The late musician didn't have children and his ... Read more

Uncertainty about the nature of new Schedule I drug W-18
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By Joseph Neuberger  On June 1, the Canadian federal government added a synthetic drug called W-18 to the list of drugs on Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or CDSA. Schedule I ... Read more

Power of attorney disputes on the rise?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  Our population is aging but living longer. This has resulted in an increase in the prevalence of dementia and other aging-related conditions associated with cognitive decline, ... Read more

Grandma's will is unpopular — was she too old to make one?
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By Lynne Butler  Isn't it funny how an older person who makes an unpopular will is often accused by his or her family of not knowing what he or she was doing? Only the ones who agree with the ... Read more

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