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NEW Dennis Oland sentenced to life with no parole for ten years

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Dennis Oland has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years for the second-degree murder of his father. Oland's lawyer ... Read more

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Dowry dispute shows importance of articulating culture in family law

A case involving a dowry dispute after a divorce serves as a lesson to the legal community to document the intent of premarital loans and gifts in writing, says Pickering family ... Read more

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Tackle credit issues before they sour a relationship

A survey revealing nearly half of Americans see bad credit as a turnoff is more proof to tackle financial issues early in a relationship, says Richmond Hill family lawyer Erica ... Read more

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IRCC email guidelines are a good first step

New email guidelines for immigration officials are a positive step, but must be backed up in practice to stamp out communication issues with applicants, says Toronto immigration ... Read more

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Legal documents: ensuring nothing is lost in translation

A California case involving a sales contract’s arbitration clause that was lost in translation shows how crucial it is to make sure that legal documents are translated ... Read more

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Breach of copyright over paywall raises tech neutrality questions

A recent decision that ruled a reader had violated new provisions of the Copyright Act when he bypassed a publication’s paywall to access an article raises questions about ... Read more

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Capacity issues in family law

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine At the Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer, Lonny presented a paper entitled “A Blunt but Necessary Instrument: The ... Read more

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Move to increase education in complex insolvency work welcome

News that millions of dollars will be invested to educate the legal profession on the intricacies of insolvency and corporate restructuring work is a positive development, given ... Read more


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Review to consider expanding family legal services a positive step
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The announcement on Tuesday that Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and the Law Society of Upper Canada are reviewing whether the delivery of family legal services ... Read more

Dealers must do due diligence, disclose recall information
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In light of massive recalls related to defective Takata airbags and Volkswagen diesel software, dealers need to be aware that they are required to disclose a vehicle’s ... Read more

Woman acquitted of manslaughter in 'extremely difficult' case
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The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has acquitted a Toronto woman of manslaughter charges in the 2013 death of a toddler — a tragic case that was difficult for everyone ... Read more

Transparency essential in Carter applications
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While some anticipate that those seeking personal constitutional exemptions for physician-assisted suicide will want anonymity, Toronto human rights and constitutional ... Read more

Judge rules defendant can pay structured settlement broker fees
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An Ontario Superior Court judge recently confirmed that a commission paid to the broker of a structured settlement can be claimed by a plaintiff as damages, London personal ... Read more

Specialization crucial when battling insurers
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Having the expertise to help accident victims and disability claimants stand up to insurers is key to getting them the compensation they deserve, plaintiff personal injury ... Read more

SCC ruling on physician-assisted dying prompting inquiries
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The recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on physician-assisted dying is raising questions about equal access to services across Canada and has prompted a number of ... Read more

Building law firm starts with detailed plan, branding exercise
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While it is one thing to start your own law practice, it is another to build a firm — and lawyers going out on their own should always prepare for growth, lawyer coach ... Read more

Ghomeshi's choice whether or not to testify
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The final call on whether Jian Ghomeshi will take the stand in his own defence will only be made after the complainants have testified and his lawyers have assessed how credible ... Read more

Ghomeshi trial shouldn’t hold back workplace harassment complaints
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Employees who are experiencing harassment in the workplace shouldn’t be dissuaded by aggressive cross-examination and public embarrassment of witnesses in the sexual assault ... Read more

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NEW Rules pertaining to collection of evidence in place for a reason
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By John Navarrete  We have previously written about the important role evidence can play in establishing guilt or innocence related to a criminal charge. That evidence must be obtained in ... Read more

NEW Valuing artwork in an estate
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By Jasmine Sweatman  It goes without saying that art is unique and challenging to value. Waddingtons Professionals, a well-known appraisal firm with expertise in valuing personal effects for ... Read more

NEW Fired: Now should you look for a new job?
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By Nicole Simes  The duty to mitigate Terminated employees who sue their former employers for wrongful dismissal have a duty to look for a new comparable position. This is called the ... Read more

Sherlock Holmes museum owners involved in dispute
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By Charles Ticker  The family of the owners of the Sherlock Holmes museum in London, England are involved in a bitter legal dispute. John Aidiniantz started the museum in Sherlock Holmes’ ... Read more

High conflict grandparent access
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By Andrew Feldstein  Nicholas v. Herdman , 2015 Carswell 9262 (Ont SCJ): In this high conflict case, the grandparents sought access to their granddaughter after a falling out with her parents. The ... Read more

To volunteer or not to volunteer
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By Inga Andriessen  Our firm is made up of fantastic people who regularly “give back” both in the legal community and beyond it. Our law clerk, Christine, is a Beaver Leader and I am ... Read more

Big Brothers sexual abuse
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By Elizabeth Grace  Big Brothers (now known as Big Brothers Big Sisters) is a non-profit organization that provides services to youth, including matching pre-screened and approved adult male ... Read more

When gaming and marketing mesh
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By Asha Soares  Last week I sat down to play an intense game of Terra Mystica . For those of you who don’t know it, Terra Mystica is a highly strategic, territory control game, ... Read more

Atticus Finch battles on
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By AJ Jakubowska  Let's admit it: in the eyes of the public, lawyers in general are still in a tight competition with used car salesmen, at the bottom of the public opinion trough. I ... Read more

Draft legislation introduced to amend Income Tax Act
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By Ian Hull  A couple of months ago, I blogged about a letter from the Department of Finance in which it addressed concerns regarding amendments to the Income Tax ... Read more

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