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Winkler successful in landmark media libel case

A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling of criminal contempt resulted in a newspaper publisher being sentenced to 21 days in jail and levied with one of the highest damages awards ... Read more

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Canada has no legislative responsibility to rescue citizens abroad

Complaints that the federal government didn’t react fast enough to get Canadians out of the Caribbean when Hurricane Irma hit highlight a misconception about Ottawa’s ... Read more

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Getting legal documents in order gives seniors peace of mind

With an aging population, it’s important to get your legal documents in order — and the earlier, the better, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo . ... Read more

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Include a termination clause in employment agreements: Achkar

Ontario employers should present all new hires with a solid employment contract that includes an enforceable termination clause to protect themselves from costly payouts if the ... Read more

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Deference needs to be given to juries in personal injury cases

Although juries are understood to be the “great equalizers” and the community’s guide to what is just, to those peering in it appears that the appellate courts ... Read more

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Ruling on mitigation alters legal landscape

Although the duty to mitigate and the deductibility of mitigation earnings are central to employment law, the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision not to deduct any ... Read more

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School zone safety: education and awareness

By Salvatore Shaw and Joe Gaynor As summer finally comes to an end, children are heading back to school. It is important that they are able to do so safely. School zones can be chaotic and very busy with ... Read more

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Jurisdiction for spousal support order (alimony)

By Angela Princewill When seeking an order for spousal support (alimony as it is sometimes referred to), it is important to know in what court you will be asking for the relief. For example, ... Read more


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Cell searches a serious privacy intrusion
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OTTAWA — Canadians should be ``very concerned'' about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar ... Read more

Lack of costs at LAT hampering some claimants
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The lack of costs awards at the Licence Appeals Tribunal (LAT) may scare some injured individuals from fully pursuing deserving claims, says Toronto critical injury lawyer John ... Read more

Religion and divorce: the influence of scripture
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For people of religious faith, marriage and divorce have a deep spiritual dimension that can have a dramatic impact on people’s lives, says Toronto family law specialist ... Read more

Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons
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A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling calls on judges and justices of the peace to provide explanations about how they reached a decision in a bail hearing, says Oshawa ... Read more

'Textalyzer' would be a privacy invasion for drivers
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Privacy concerns will hamper the development of a Canadian “textalyzer” that shows police if a driver’s cellphone was recently in use, says Windsor personal ... Read more

Acting in ‘good faith’ vital when dismissing probationary employees
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Companies should consider including a contractual clause that outlines termination during a worker's probationary period in light of a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling, says ... Read more

Crackdown on employee misclassification problematic for some firms
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Proposed employment law changes recently introduced by the Ontario government should give organizations that use the services of contract employees cause for concern, Markham, ... Read more

The use of amicus curiae in cases involving informants
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The use of informants makes it impossible for defence counsel to get all the facts in a case, but the use of amicus curiae could go a long way to alleviate any concern they have ... Read more

Drivers need education on extra car insurance
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Insurance providers and brokers should do more to educate drivers about the benefits of optional extra coverage, says Kitchener litigation lawyer Graham Bennett . Since June ... Read more

Hiring superstar lawyers part 1: Talent spotting
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In Part 1 of our mini-series on best hiring practices for growing law firms, Toronto legal public relations and business development expert Jana Schilder explores how ... Read more

Manasuev helps clients navigate U.S. tax maze
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After completing his first law degree in his native Russia, Oakville-based U.S. tax attorney Alexey Manasuev had dreams of studying in the U.S. and aspirations to master one of ... Read more

Proactive approach needed when custody, addiction issues meet
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The opioid crisis has infiltrated communities across North America — and for individuals with addiction issues who are caring for children, the repercussions may be ... Read more

'No winners' in sexual assault defamation cases
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In the rare exceptions in sexual assault cases where there is malice by the person claiming to have been a victim of assault, the alleged wrongdoer should have recourse by way of ... Read more

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Employment Insurance documents – understanding your ROE
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By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner Employment Insurance documents – your Record of Employment (ROE) In the event of a job loss, look out for your Record of Employment. Your employer ... Read more

Fingerprints taken as a youth – can they be used against me?
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By Aliki Yorgiadis The short is answer is yes. When can they be used against you? The long answer is to look at s. 119(2) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). This section outlines ... Read more

More changes to Ontario’s employment laws
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By Doug MacLeod The dog days of summer are coming to an end but the government keeps making changes to Ontario’s employment laws. The unrelenting increased regulation of ... Read more

Do you know how to apologize?
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By Kate Dewhirst A note popped into my inbox this morning from Michael Hyatt, who is an extraordinary business coach. The topic is “The anatomy of a true apology.” I am working ... Read more

Personal health information breaches: prevention, quick responses key
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine Canada has several laws in place to protect individuals’ private information, including personal health data. When a person’s privacy is breached, ... Read more

How retirement impacts spousal support
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By Andrew Feldstein This case demonstrates how courts determine spousal support obligations in light of retirement. Ultimately, the appeal judge significantly reduced a doctor’s spousal ... Read more

Considering a medical malpractice suit? Here’s what you need to know
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By Patrick Brown and Joe Gaynor Medical malpractice occurs through the negligence of a healthcare professional. These professionals include, but are not limited to, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, ... Read more

Culture shift in bail court?
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By Kristin Bailey A limited pilot project in two Ontario courts has begun. Judges will now sit in bail court in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa and in College Park in Toronto. The ... Read more

Duelling siblings, a heartbroken mother and undue influence
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By Matthias Duensing Money, power and suspicion. In a recent case , the Ontario Court of Appeal has hopefully put an end to a sibling rivalry that, in the words of the court, lost sight of the ... Read more

FATCA: information for U.S citizens living in Canada
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By Alexey Manasuev What is FATCA? The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted as a part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (the HIRE Act) on March 18, 2010. ... Read more

Mirror wills vs. mutual wills – different documents, purposes
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By Ian Hull Don’t let the similar sounding names fool you – while there are some similarities between “mirror wills” and “mutual wills,” there’s ... Read more

Mitigating insider threats – is your organization doing enough?
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By Ryan Duquette I recently had a chat with a friend who is fairly senior in a large, well-known software company. Someone in the company was being fired for cause, and my friend and ... Read more

Best practices for board of directors meetings
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By Cameron MacCarthy and Joe Rattan Clients often ask about the role and responsibilities of being a corporate director and whether or not they should accept an offer to join a board of directors ... Read more

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