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Eliminating the preliminary inquiry won't impact court bottleneck

The elimination of preliminary inquiries in an effort to save cases that might be thrown out because of protracted delays will do little to address the problem, says Toronto ... Read more

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Ottawa civil cases suffering delays

Frustration levels are rising for plaintiffs in civil actions as court date scheduling becomes more difficult than ever before, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Howard ... Read more

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Firing over fast food meal leads to rare aggravated damages award

A British Columbia court applied a common-sense approach in awarding $46,000 to a 25-year Burger King employee in a wrongful dismissal case, says Vancouver employment lawyer ... Read more

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A happy workplace is a productive workplace

Toronto employment lawyer Laura Williams is encouraged by two new studies that suggest Canadian workplaces have become psychologically safer in recent years. ... Read more

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Fighting injustice a long-time passion for Mahabir

Access to justice has always been important to Toronto personal injury lawyer Jessica B. Mahabir , so law school was a natural next step following undergraduate studies in ... Read more

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'Neuro awareness' helps lawyers stay in tune with clients

When lawyers gain an understanding of their clients' psychology, reasoning and thought processes, the result is tailored communications that are often better understood, Toronto ... Read more

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Law firm flexibility key to retention of women lawyers

Although gaps can exist between a law firm’s expectations and a lawyer’s ability to have work-life balance, creativity and flexibility on the part of firms can go a ... Read more

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Court says no just cause for Humane Society

By Nicole Simes  The courts have described just cause terminations as the “capital punishment” of employment law. If an employee is terminated for “just cause,” the ... Read more


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SCC trial timelines raise questions about digital forensics
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The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) strict time limits for trials in Jordan raise the question of whether police forces will be able to handle the increasing ... Read more

Law Contractor launches business bundles, flat-fee pricing
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Edmonton lawyer Kirk Goodman isn’t afraid of rocking the legal boat with his upfront, flat-fee pricing model. With clients demanding more transparency, he tells ... Read more

Trend of women leaving law evident at senior, mentorship level
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The attrition of women in law is an unfortunate reality and one that is especially noticeable in the higher levels of the legal profession, resulting in a shortage of female ... Read more

Admin. costs for victims' fund 14 times higher than grants
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OTTAWA – A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration ... Read more

Case shows judiciary recognizing family counselling as solution
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Although judges are realizing that the solution to some incidences of family breakdown are psychosocial rather than legal in nature, family counselling mandated by a judge is ... Read more

Law and practice on asylum issue 'different story'
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Although there are hopes that the Canadian government will consider withdrawing from the Safe Third Country Agreement , until that happens, counsel have to tell asylum-seekers in ... Read more

Shuber marks two decades of giving clients a voice
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This month, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber , celebrates her 20 th anniversary of being called to the bar. While she jokes about the milestone in a ... Read more

Finding 'best path forward' a model for client service
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Estate litigation is a frightening and novel experience for most people, and lawyers should provide practical advice that’s tailored to individual needs, says Toronto estate ... Read more

'Complete streets' not a panacea for pedestrian deaths
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Toronto personal injury lawyer Sharon Bauer says a plan to create "complete streets" likely won't be a cure-all for the city’s rising number of pedestrian deaths. ... Read more

Keep the kids out of family litigation
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Parents should resist the temptation to get their children involved in their court disputes, says Toronto area family lawyer Ella Aiaseh . “This is unfortunately ... Read more

Love at first click: marriage after international online dating
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As Internet dating continues to boom, leading to new marriages, individuals meeting potential mates from other countries may want to consider a marriage contract, says ... Read more

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Changes to the class-action indemnity market, implications for counsel
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By John Rossos  In the Summer of 2016, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and British Columbia’s Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) issued cease and desist orders ... Read more

Tips for videoconferencing with your court reporting agency
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By Kim Neeson  With the help of technology, the world has never been closer. Need to examine a witness in Mumbai? No need to travel thousands of miles and expend thousands of ... Read more

Litigation risk associated with employee terminations
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By Doug MacLeod  Employment contracts eliminate litigation risk An employee and employer can agree on how much notice of termination the employer must provide the employee before ... Read more

Professional warned about foreign language use in front of patients
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By Lonny Rosen  and Elyse Sunshine A recent case provides a warning to health care professionals to be mindful of the inappropriateness of speaking in front of patients in a ... Read more

How to not get blocked on social media and get business
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By Samantha Collier  There isn’t a secret to successfully marketing your business on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. There isn’t an excuse for not using ... Read more

Changes to spousal sponsorship – 2017
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By Angela Princewill  In mid-December, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a suite of changes to its spousal sponsorship application process. This is aimed at streamlining ... Read more

Resort waivers: does a plaintiff waive his/her rights entirely?
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By Kate Mazzucco  and Camelia Amiri, articling student In a recent decision, David Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Ltd . , Justice Tzimas held that the defendant ski ... Read more

Car accident cases In Ontario – will a jury help?
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By Michael Lesage  Few would argue that the human body is designed to withstand the forces involved in car accidents without injury. Where one party is injured through the fault of another, our ... Read more

What is a paternity agreement?
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By Lisa Gelman  The basics of a paternity agreement A “paternity agreement” is a type of domestic contract . A paternity agreement will typically arise in ... Read more

Ontario announces new rules on carding
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By David Smith  Last week the province announced an education campaign to ensure citizens are aware of their rights under the new street checks (i.e. carding) regulations that took ... Read more

What privacy rights? Police can disclose your HIV status
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By Kristin Bailey  In the final days of 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released two decisions dealing with an unclear area of law regarding remedies for breaches of the Canadian Charter ... Read more

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