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NEW Cell searches a serious privacy intrusion

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

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Lack of costs at LAT hampering some claimants

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

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Religion and divorce: the influence of scripture

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

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Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons

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

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'Textalyzer' would be a privacy invasion for drivers

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

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Acting in ‘good faith’ vital when dismissing probationary employees

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

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Crackdown on employee misclassification problematic for some firms

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

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Fingerprints taken as a youth – can they be used against me?

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

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Employment Insurance documents – understanding your ROE

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


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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

Tax changes to have sizeable impact on professional corporations
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While the federal government’s proposed tax changes will increase the burden on all small businesses, new professional corporations will be hit especially hard, as many of ... Read more

Is my fellow shareholder misappropriating funds from the business?
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A shareholder who is a non-operating silent investor who suspects that an operating shareholder is siphoning money must tread carefully to ensure the ongoing viability of the ... Read more

Be clear about intentions when transferring property: Miller
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Parents transferring property to their children to avoid probate fees on their estate should make their objectives crystal clear to minimize problems down the road, says Toronto ... Read more

Do-it-yourself wills are a recipe for litigation
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Do-it-yourself will kits can be a recipe for litigation, warns Toronto-area estates litigator and mediator Charles Ticker . “I do love those will kits you can buy for ... Read more

Regular client contact key to keeping wills updated
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Having an up-to-date will can help individuals and their families avoid a host of problems down the road, but lawyers need to encourage clients to revise their estate plans ... Read more

Inter vivos shelter trust best for adult child with special needs
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Many individuals who opt to buy a home for an adult child with special needs may choose to put the property in his or her name, but the use of an inter vivos shelter trust is ... Read more

Drink-drive limit debate must put safety first
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Safety must come first for lawmakers considering a cut to the legal blood-alcohol limit, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Dale Orlando . The Canadian Press (CP) ... Read more

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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

When can your employer ask you for an independent medical exam?
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By Nicole Simes Employees often work with disabilities. The health issues they experience do not seriously affect their ability to complete their job duties. But sometimes, illness or injury ... 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

Fixed-term contracts must be 'future-proofed' too
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By Laura Williams Termination clauses in employment contracts must be valid at any point in the employment relationship. If a termination clause could breach the Employment Standards ... 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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