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OCA vindicates woman who suffered from PTSD, domestic abuse

Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman says the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has vindicated a woman he represented at trial, acquitting her of all drug charges after ... Read more

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Employers can only ban tattoos, dyed hair within reason

Employers who want to ban their employees from showing their tattoos or wearing piercings and unusual hair colour must have a valid business reason for doing so, says Toronto ... Read more

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'Domicile of origin' can be key to recognizing foreign divorce

As long as you have proper documents and proof of your connection to the country where the divorce took place, there should be no difficulty having a ... Read more

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Trustee duties extend to relational, financial issues

For trustees, the ability to manage a trust’s tax and investment needs is vital – but a focus on relational issues among stakeholders is also key to effectively ... Read more

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Employer's financial position not relevant in termination pay

An employer’s financial position should not be a consideration in determining termination pay, says employment and education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . “You ... Read more

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Broader spectrum of penalties needed in careless driving cases

Simply imposing fines on drivers convicted of careless driving causing death or bodily harm to pedestrians and cyclists does not send any kind of message to the public, Toronto ... Read more

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A family gift or a loan?

By Andrew Feldstein  Barber v. Magee , 2015 ONSC 8054 : This case presents a cautionary tale for inter-family transfers of monies and the necessity of careful documentation of familial loans by ... Read more


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Pokemon GO players must use common sense to avoid injury
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INNISFIL, Ont. – Police say a woman playing Pokemon GO in a parking lot north of Toronto was nearly hit by a driver who was also playing the wildly popular ... Read more

Many legal options available for employees who lose their jobs
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Employees who lose their jobs have more legal options than just bringing a wrongful dismissal action, says Toronto employment and labour lawyer Doug MacLeod . ... Read more

TREB, Competition Tribunal dispute 'complicated'
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Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick Aulis says the ongoing battle between the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and the Competition Tribunal is “complicated” and ... Read more

Police practice for all women in custody to remove bras degrading
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Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor says there needs to be wide-scale review of the police procedure requiring women to remove their bras when they are ... Read more

National Family Law Program premier networking venue
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This year’s National Family Law Program , held mid-July in St. John's, Nfld., provided valuable networking opportunities for DivorceMate Software Inc. and its sister ... Read more

Large law firms, networks competing on global stage
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As law firms grow to meet client needs, they often consider joining a firm network or expanding internationally, but Toronto business lawyer Bill ... Read more

Income calculation for self-employed support payors unclear
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A recent British Columbia decision that ruled a man’s fluctuating income can be calculated for child support purposes as an average of five years instead of ... Read more

Time for 'distracted walking' legislation in wake of Pokemon GO chasing
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Legislation to stem the tide of distracted walking in busy cities might be a step in the right direction – especially now with the launch of Pokemon GO, says ... Read more

Bra removal for all those in custody humiliating, unnecessary
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Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says the Chatham-Kent Police Service is flying in the face of a major court decision by routinely demanding that women remove their ... Read more

OCA restricted by statement of claim when awarding damages
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While the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) went a long way to increase damages awarded against a Mississauga company that launched a “campaign of abuse” to force a deaf ... Read more

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Creating the most accurate legal record
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By Kim Neeson  Undertaking. Advisement. Refusal. These are three oh-so-simple words that lawyers expect to see plainly laid out in their discovery or cross-examination transcripts. But when ... Read more

Access to justice in the business law context
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By Inga Andriessen  A few weeks ago the newspapers were buzzing with the decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Nordheimer to halt criminal charges against an individual until Legal Aid paid the ... Read more

The impact of counterfeit goods
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By Steven Rayson  The counterfeiting industry has expanded greatly in recent years in terms of the range of counterfeit products that are now available. These include, among other things: ... Read more

Inspecting property held by an estate
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By Ian Hull  One of the primary duties of an estate trustee is to ascertain the assets of the estate. Sometimes, at the time of death, property of another person may be left at the ... Read more

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Aslan
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By Najma Rashid  An April 13, 2016 decision by Justice Charles T. Hackland in Ottawa has provided further guidance on the notice requirements before an insurer can perform a s.33 examination ... Read more

Auto insurance changes: what you need to know
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By Alison Burrison  A couple of weeks ago I was asked to speak on the radio talk show What She Said , hosted by Christine Bentley and Kate Wheeler, about the recent changes to auto insurance ... Read more

What to expect if charged with voyeurism
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By Stacey Nichols  In a recent post we wrote about the “he said, she said” nature of some sexual assault cases. These are not the only types of sex crimes that can be difficult to ... Read more

What happens to my business when I die?
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By Kristine Anderson  Starting and running your own business as a sole proprietor may be more common today but that doesn't mean it’s easy — it takes large amounts of time, ... Read more

Unreasonable behaviour, bad faith and reasonableness of costs
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By Andrew Feldstein  Jackson v. Mayerle , 2016 ONSC 1556: This case examined several important aspects of costs determination in Ontario family law cases and provided further insight as to the ... Read more

Guidance for health professionals: how (not) to delegate
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine The focus of today’s blog post is the delegation of patient care by regulated health professionals. We thought this ... Read more

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