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NEW SCC: Police entitled to take penis swab without warrant, consent

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal from an Alberta man who was convicted of sexual assault after police ordered him to swab his own genitals for ... Read more

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'Irreconcilable' issues remain unclear after Spence leave decision

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision not to grant leave to appeal in the case of a woman left out of her father’s will for alleged racist reasons has ... Read more

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OCA orders litigant to pay $282,000 after 20-year dispute

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis says before a litigant advances a position in the courts, they should make sure their position is reasonable on the facts and ... Read more

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Smoke-free apartment buildings, condos rare in Ontario

Toronto's first non-smoking apartment building could find itself exposed to human rights complaints, says Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden . Alto, the ... Read more

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Stashing funds in offshore accounts could nullify marriage contract

Stashing money in offshore accounts is a form of concealment that can impact spousal support and property division in a divorce, says Richmond Hill family lawyer Erica Lien ... Read more

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Gender wage disclosure legislation a form of 'shaming'

Proposed legislation that would see corporations address and correct gender wage disparities is a new proactive approach to avoiding potential human rights violations, says ... Read more

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Threatened violence enough to warrant weapons ban: OCA

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal found 'a threatening aspect' of a series of break and enter incidents supported an order for a weapons ... Read more

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Approach business development with the end goal in mind

Less-than-ideal results can lead some lawyers to abandon their business development efforts — but simple and slight changes to your marketing approach can help you to ... Read more


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Class action filed against TD Bank expected to be certified: Baert
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TORONTO – A Canadian class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of people who have allegedly been short-changed by TD Bank coin-counting machines over a three-year ... Read more

It's unclear if lack of reward will hamper whistleblower program: Wright
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Through its newly-launched whistleblower program, the Quebec financial regulator hopes to identify more offences and better protect individuals who report wrongdoing — but ... Read more

Mental health and the duty to accommodate
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Employers have a responsibility to recognize depression, anxiety and other related mental disorders as disabilities in the workplace, but employees should also express the ... Read more

Consider topping up benefits with cuts to Ontario's insurance system
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Benefits to those injured in car accidents in Ontario have been slashed as of June 1, part of sweeping changes to the provincial "no fault" accident benefits system that will ... Read more

Stay organized, network when starting law firm
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The learning curve can be steep for lawyers going out on their own — making resiliency, flexibility and organization essential steps to success, Toronto real estate and ... Read more

Spotlight on clear termination provisions, human rights laws
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In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Ontario employment lawyer Stuart Rudner discussed the importance of clearly worded termination provisions in employment ... Read more

Experience, reputation may drive success of law firm startup
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While many law students or young lawyers may dream of starting their own firms, it would be an uphill battle to do so without first building up a client network and a reputation, ... Read more

Landmark $1.4M awarded for 'destroyed' research career
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A Halifax cardiologist represented by Toronto lawyers Michael Wright and Danielle Stampley has won a landmark $1.4-million lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Health ... Read more

School's performance of Hamilton infringement under Copyright Act
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The Scarborough high school students and teachers whose performance of numbers from the hit musical Hamilton were pulled from YouTube should wait until the show is licensed ... Read more

Bill 119 promotes transparency and patient-centred process
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Ontario’s newly passed Bill 119 is designed to provide more transparency to patients and their families, as well as promote information-sharing between health ... Read more

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What is a layoff?
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By Nicole Simes  What is a layoff? This question may seem simple to many, but it is not. Employees and employers often misuse the term layoff and the effects can be significant. A true ... Read more

Eviction from castle estate may follow nasty sibling dispute
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By Charles Ticker  A recent story published in The Telegraph (found here ), shows the kind of hostility that can occur in a sibling estate dispute. One of the parties in this dispute is ... Read more

Continued medical treatment triggers discoverability principle
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By Michael Lesage  In a significant decision, the Court of Appeal held that the limitations period was tolled (or that the discoverability principle applied) where a patient suffered severe ... Read more

Child support for children over the age of majority
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By Andrew Feldstein  Coté v. Coté, 2015 ONSC 6924: Given the increasing demand for further education in the marketplace, and the challenges that young adults now face trying to ... Read more

Talking before suing
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By Inga Andriessen  I came across a blog recently that talked about an American law regarding poisoned workplaces and how “not everything your boss asks you to do is poisonous.” The ... Read more

Five Ontario workplace laws employers need to know
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By Doug MacLeod  The employment relationship is heavily regulated in Ontario. This blog identifies five laws that apply to most workplaces. 1. Employment Standards Act: This law ... Read more

Professionalism and ethics in family law
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By Nathalie Boutet  My commentary on the article “ Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law ” recently published in The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution , by Deanne ... Read more

Do you need a marriage contract?
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber  June is upon us. I understand from Modern Bride magazine that June is the most popular month for weddings. Unfortunately, it is not the most popular month for marriage ... Read more

Capital gains tax on the principal residence?
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By Lynne Butler  When a deceased homeowner dies, is there capital gains tax on the disposition of the property or not? What if the house sits in the name of the estate for a few years? These ... Read more

The legal effect of death during litigation
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By Ian Hull  The hockey legend, Gordie Howe, died this past Friday. He leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren. The details of his estate are not yet known. The day before he ... Read more

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