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A need for a statute of limitations in criminal law?

It’s in the interest of justice for Canada to have a public discussion on whether this country should adopt a statute of limitations for criminal offences, says ... Read more

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Administrators looking to use personal info must consult privacy laws

A Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta decision highlights the fact that school administrators should consult privacy law experts before using documents containing personal ... Read more

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Budget details proposed amendments to IP law

Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar says the federal budget contains a proposed amendment that will provide IP agents with a statutory privilege for confidential communications ... Read more

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Severance packages and termination clauses

By Nicole Simes  Employees often come to us to review their severance packages. When we review a severance package, one of the questions we ask is whether there is an employment contract with a ... Read more

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Be upfront with ex-spouse about dating after divorce

Maturity, respect, and rising above emotions are all key elements to a smooth transition into dating after divorce, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet said on a ... Read more

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Tax advice crucial for start-ups

While many small businesses would consider contacting a tax lawyer when the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) comes calling, tax advice is also essential for companies starting ... Read more


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Rob Ford's driver had $900 in pot money when cops nabbed him in 2013
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TORONTO – The arrest of then-mayor Rob Ford's driver and a dry cleaner followed months of intense police surveillance that involved officers, aerial spotting, electronic ... Read more

New Ontario Family Law Rules coming into effect
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The provincial government has made significant changes to the Ontario Family Law Rules that will come into force on May 2. “The most significant changes ... Read more

Technical non-compliance risky for Ontario franchisors
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Toronto franchise lawyer Peter Dillon says courts have taken a highly technical approach to interpreting disclosure requirements, which has resulted in more franchisees being ... Read more

Work-life balance and the home office
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When it comes to achieving optimal work-life balance, working from a home office can often be the smartest choice. But some lawyers and other professionals can be ... Read more

Few solicitors, sole practitioners at Convocation
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Central east bencher candidate Ben Hanuka says the reason why solicitors are underrepresented at Convocation is because many can’t afford the time or money it takes to ... Read more

Appeal decision on drug cops 'puzzling'
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has rightly thrown out a 45-day conditional sentence that was imposed upon a group of Toronto drug squad officers and replaced it with a three-year ... Read more

Out-of-court resolutions lead to less financial, emotional damage
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A new study that names negotiation as the most common way that matters are resolved in the family justice system is not surprising, as out-of-court resolutions have been shown to ... Read more

The importance of estate planning for common-law couples
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Common-law couples in Ontario who do not have a will or cohabitation agreement are taking a significant risk, says Toronto estate litigator Felice Kirsh . “Everyone ... Read more

Sino-Forest legal fees 'troublesome'
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It’s “troublesome” that defence lawyers for Sino-Forest Corp. and some of the collapsed forestry company’s former directors and executives have billed $41 ... Read more

How lawyers deal with the stress of the job
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In a profession that comes with ample stress, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett turns to hobbies – playing a piece of jazz at his vintage Fender Rhodes piano ... Read more

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When a youth is the one charged with domestic assault
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By Joseph Neuberger  A criminal charge can not only have a negative impact on the individual charged; the arrest may also result in unforeseen consequences for the defendant's family, especially if ... Read more

The cost of terminating an employee following pregnancy leave
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By Doug MacLeod  Pregnant employees have special rights under the Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code. And most judges are sympathetic to the problems that women ... Read more

Section 7 expenses and post-secondary expenses
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By Andrew Feldstein  Penn v. Penn, 2014 ONSC 6321: This case addresses the issue of section 7 expenses and post-secondary expenses. The parties were married on July 27, 1984, and separated on ... Read more

Westerhof latest example of decisions clarifying expert evidence
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By Jennifer Hunter  The recent decision in Westerhof v. Gee Estate , 2015 ONCA 206 (CanLII) is the third from the Court of Appeal on the issue of expert evidence in just the first three ... Read more

Revocation of a power of attorney
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By Jasmine Sweatman  In the British Columbia case of Houston v. Houston (2012 BCCA 300) , it was questioned whether two valid powers of attorney for property could be used simultaneously ... Read more

When parties consent
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By Inga Andriessen  Last week I attended court on an unusual motion. In 2012, a defendant to a lawsuit settled an action with my client by agreeing to make payments over time. As is common in ... Read more

A brief history of passing off
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By John Simpson  The Federal Court’s recent decision in Red Label Vacations Inc. (redtag.ca) v. 411 Travel Buys Limited (411travelbuys.ca) , 2015 FC 19 is the latest in a series of ... Read more

The sex offender registration requirements in Ontario
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By John Navarrete  The law in Ontario requires any resident who has been convicted of a designated sex offence to register with the province's sex offender registry. Individuals who have been ... Read more

Constructive dismissal – Update from the SCC
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By Nicole Simes  Many of us experience variations in our work and working conditions. However, if a change is significant enough it may amount to constructive dismissal. Read More at MacLeod ... Read more

Constructive dismissal
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By Arthur Zeilikman  The Supreme Court of Canada released a decision which addressed when suspending an employee may be considered constructive dismissal. Mr. Potter was a lawyer who was appointed ... Read more

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