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NEW Citizenships being granted without all checks being carried out: auditor

OTTAWA — People with serious criminal records and others using potentially phoney addresses are among those who managed to secure Canadian citizenship, thanks to a system ... Read more

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More estate mediations involving family dynamics

The Hon. Susan E. Greer says estate mediations have changed over the years, with fewer focusing on issues of will interpretation and more involving complex family dynamics. ... Read more

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Employers must treat medical marijuana use like other requests

Employers should approach the use of medical marijuana by employees like any other prescription medication, which requires setting aside biases, says Toronto employment ... Read more

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Young adults with children should have a will

It’s not shocking that the majority of young adults do not have legal wills, says North Vancouver estate planning lawyer Jaime Ashby – but there are a few ... Read more

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Ghomeshi acquittal a lesson to employers to assume innocence

Jian Ghomeshi's acquittal on criminal charges of sexual assault and choking should serve as a lesson to employers to assume employees are innocent until proven guilty, says ... Read more

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Marlin Horst thrives on sophisticated transactions

Toronto lawyer Marlin Horst says he finds corporate lending work intellectually stimulating and most enjoys putting together the “pieces of the pie.” ... Read more

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Kabuk Law connects lawyers and clients more efficiently

By Lucas Litwiniuk  Every lawyer wants to be on the first page of Google search results. The competition for this precious online real estate is fierce. Despite the effort and investment, ... Read more

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Not filing returns risky way of handling tax dispute

One B.C. man may have only received the minimum penalty after recently being convicted of failing to file tax returns, but it is possible that someone in a similar situation ... Read more

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Cardiologist suing Halifax health authority for $10.4 M

A cardiologist represented by Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright is seeking $10.4 million in damages after the withdrawal of her privileges, the Halifax Chronicle ... Read more


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Liberal government's move to end veterans' class action positive
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OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is drafting a letter of assurance it hopes will end a class-action lawsuit by Afghan veterans angry about a 10-year-old overhaul of their ... Read more

Motions for summary judgments can’t come mid-trial, judge rules
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A rare request for a summary judgment in the midst of a prolonged family law case has been turned down by a Superior Court justice, says family lawyer Ryan Kniznik , who is ... Read more

Unlimited vacation policy can be a boon for employers
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Unlimited vacation policies can help employers stick out in a competitive marketplace but there are some downsides, says Toronto labour and employment lawyer Deborah Howden . ... Read more

Child tax benefits can be point of conflict for separating parents
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Understanding the tax implications of varying custody arrangements shouldn’t be overlooked for couples going through a separation, says St. Catharines family lawyer and ... Read more

Court finds racist trust can’t be administered cy-pres
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A recent estates case involving racist scholarships is interesting because the court could not direct the trust to be administered cy-pres, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer ... Read more

CPSO's comments highlight disciplinary panel independence
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While it’s unusual the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) would express “disappointment” about a decision by its disciplinary committee, the ... Read more

Inadequate compensation, support causing women to leave criminal law
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The Retention of Women in the Private Practice of Criminal Law: Research Report , commissioned by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), confirmed that women are leaving ... Read more

Lucasfilm uses the force to stop TO lightsabre battles
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The transformation of a Star Wars -themed lightsaber battle shows charitable motivations won't insulate organizers from trademark enforcement, says Toronto intellectual ... Read more

Justice documents: Canada lacks full picture of issues related to bail
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OTTAWA – Canada lacks a full picture of the issues related to bail, says a recent note drafted to brief Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on the state of the criminal ... Read more

Teenage risk-taking can have deadly consequences
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With graduation season around the corner, families should be aware of the real — and sometimes deadly — consequences of teenagers taking risks, ... Read more

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Transfer of interest in property through dowry as irrevocable gift
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By Andrew Feldstein  Abdollahpour v. Banifatemi , 2015 ONCA 834: In this case, the Court of Appeal deals with the issue of whether a wife who received a 50 per cent interest in property as part ... Read more

Survivorship does not equal ownership
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By Jasmine Sweatman  This may sound trite especially for us who practice in this area, but it is still the reality for the average person and client. This even when most people are aware of the ... Read more

Supreme Court rules on some mandatory minimum sentences
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By John Navarrete  As is the case with any law in Canada, it is possible that criminal laws could later be amended or repealed. This is illustrated by two recent Supreme Court of Canada ... Read more

Voluntary disclosure and estate trustees
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  With a list that includes a dozen current and former world leaders, over a hundred politicians and public officials, as well as many celebrities and professional athletes, the ... Read more

The fine line that separates winning and losing a tax dispute
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By Peter Aprile  We are entrepreneurs and tax lawyers and, therefore, we think we know a little bit about building a business. We are very aware that building a successful business is ... Read more

The devil is in the details: Assessing your job offer letter
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By Nicole Simes  Typically, employees think of a job offer letter as a document making them an offer of employment. They often focus on the salary, vacation and benefit entitlements and the ... Read more

Is shorthand reporting really needed anymore?
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By Kim Neeson  People are always fascinated by that little shorthand machine. They’ve seen it on T.V. and in movies. It looks kind of funky. People always want to know ... Read more

How do I know if I'm a beneficiary?
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By Lynne Butler  In the usual course of an estate, the executor obtains the will and lets everyone in the family know who is going to inherit. If there are beneficiaries outside the family, ... Read more

Ontario to support Alzheimer Society ‘Finding Your Way’ program
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By Ian Hull  On March 10, 2016, the Seniors’ Secretariat posted a news release advising that Ontario will be investing $761,500 in the Alzheimer Society of ... Read more

Polygamous marriages and the SLRA
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  In Canada, polygamy is an indictable offence under the Criminal Code of Canada . Under s. 293(1): “every one who (a) practises or enters into or in any ... Read more

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