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Review to consider expanding family legal services a positive step

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

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Dealers must do due diligence, disclose recall information

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

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Woman acquitted of manslaughter in 'extremely difficult' case

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

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Transparency essential in Carter applications

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

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Judge rules defendant can pay structured settlement broker fees

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

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Specialization crucial when battling insurers

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

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SCC ruling on physician-assisted dying prompting inquiries

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

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Building law firm starts with detailed plan, branding exercise

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

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Ghomeshi's choice whether or not to testify

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


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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

Dangerous offender label inappropriate for 'protracted domestic dispute'
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British Columbia lawyer and legal scholar Dr. Gary Botting says the Crown’s application to have a man designated a dangerous offender with an indeterminate sentence is ... Read more

Substitute decision-makers and the health care system
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It’s a good idea to have a conversation about who will make health-care decisions on your behalf — and what those decisions should be — if you’re ever not ... Read more

Court's strict approach to disclosure lesson for arbitrators
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A French court’s recent move to declare a Canadian arbitrator’s award invalid because of a potential conflict is a cautionary tale for all arbitrators to not only be ... Read more

Deed of gift highly effective way to avoid disputes
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A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision involving a home purchased by a couple in the name of their son demonstrates that a deed of gift can be an effective way to ... Read more

Ask questions about gifts or loans going towards a down payment
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As housing prices continue to climb and lending restrictions tighten, young couples are turning to family members for assistance with down payments, which can spawn a number of ... Read more

Inadvisable to cull client list before selling business
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Although some say it is a good idea to clean up your client list prior to listing your business for sale, a wholesale cleanup is likely to raise red flags for potential ... Read more

Realistic approach key to overcoming jurors' skepticism
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Jurors have become increasingly skeptical of plaintiffs in personal injury cases – but there are ways for lawyers to be successful, Toronto critical injury lawyers ... Read more

Muzzo's bail release 'not unusual:' Hicks
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Legal precedent indicates there's nothing unusual about the way a man who pleaded guilty to six offences relating to the crash that killed three children and their ... Read more

Thousands of messages between Ghomeshi complainants 'worrisome:' Harnett
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TORONTO – Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is hearing that two of the complainants who testified against the disgraced broadcaster discussed the allegations in thousands ... Read more

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NEW 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

NEW 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

NEW 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

Supreme Court rules on securities class action limitations
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By Brian Radnoff  In Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60 ( Green ), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled on the limitation periods for securities class ... Read more

Ontario’s proposed sexual harassment law
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By Doug MacLeod  On Oct. 27, 2015, the Ontario government tabled its Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Bill 132), which, among other things, amends ... Read more

Complainant's credibility under the microscope at Ghomeshi trial: Presser
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By Jill Presser  Defence counsel Marie Henein has embarked on a full-scale challenge to the first complainant’s credibility in the Jian Ghomeshi trial. She took the stand on day one ... Read more

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