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NEW Voice of family members critical in Wettlaufer inquiry: Koster

TORONTO — A surviving victim, relatives of murdered seniors, and advocacy and health-care groups are among 17 groups and entities granted permission to take part in a public ... Read more

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Text messages a ‘discreet form of correspondence:’ SCC

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the privacy of text messages is significant for criminal law, but it’s not expected to have the same impact in a civil context, ... Read more

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Appeal court brings certainty to couples with cohabitation agreements

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling should reassure couples who enter into cohabitation agreements that they will not be easily undone, Toronto family lawyer Christine ... Read more

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Fathers hindered by traditional views of gender roles in custody disputes

Fathers face an uphill task to maintain equal custody of children ahead of trial, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells AdvocateDaily.com . In interim custody and ... Read more

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Self-reps and the need for more help

More help needs to be provided for self-reps in a justice system where some accused people can’t afford counsel and don’t qualify for legal aid, says Oshawa criminal ... Read more

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Adequate preparation time crucial when selling business

Selling a small to medium-sized business requires planning, strategy and due diligence — but many entrepreneurs are surprised by the time commitment required in order to ... Read more

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LPP work placements an opportunity for candidates, employers

The work placement portion of Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP), gives its candidates a chance to get “a foot in the door” with potential employers, says ... Read more

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Can employers claw back employee benefits?

For many Ontario employers, the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act will result in higher payroll costs, writes Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod in The ... Read more

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How green is your estate plan?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag Climate change remains a leading topic of concern – and most of us have at least some awareness of our environmental footprint. Many of us have undertaken actions to ... Read more

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When courts order the sale of the matrimonial home

By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the parties were married in 1979 and separated in 2014. There were no children of the marriage. Both parties were employed during the marriage, but have since ... Read more


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SCC ruling on dangerous offenders to have massive impact
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A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision will have widespread ramifications for dangerous offender cases, requiring judges to impose an indeterminate sentence only on criminals ... Read more

Social media sites facilitating defamatory posts could be liable
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Social media platforms face a “significant” risk of being sued for defamation and potential liability amid growing concerns about offensive material being posted ... Read more

Why do some murders get more attention?
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The intense media and police focus on the suspicious deaths of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman contrasts sharply with the fleeting attention given to those that occur ... Read more

Status certificates invaluable for potential condo buyers
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A status certificate provides security for prospective condominium purchasers by alerting them to potential issues that could end up adding to their costs, Toronto real estate ... Read more

Dealers must investigate liens on trade-in vehicles
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Auto dealers selling trade-in vehicles are required to disclose a long list of items — from the odometer reading and the condition of the vehicle to how it was used and ... Read more

LSO boldly leaps into the '20th Century'
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Now that the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has dropped “Upper Canada” from its name, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells AdvocateDaily.com the regulator might ... Read more

How a vastly unpopular judgment is just and fair: Dale
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The stay of proceedings in the Surrey Six massacre evoked public outrage but it is a “just and necessary judgment" in a case that came to be defined by confidential ... Read more

Nurses risk liability for injuries when straying from hospital care policies
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Hospital staff who stray from institutional care policies risk being found negligent in medical malpractice lawsuits, Toronto personal injury lawyer Miles Obradovich tells ... Read more

Decision erodes access to attendant care benefits
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A recent arbitration decision could effectively deny accident victims access to attendant care, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid tells AdvocateDaily.com . In the ... Read more

Disclose support obligations when mortgage shopping: Silbert
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This is the final instalment in a three-part series on the intersection of family law and real estate law. In this post, St. Catharines family lawyer Sharon Silbert ... Read more

Looking for third-party litigation funding: what to consider?
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Q & A with John Rossos , co-founder of BridgePoint Financial Services Inc . 1. Can you describe some of the circumstances that one would be looking for third-party ... Read more

Nothing spooky about motorcycle crashes on a full moon
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Motorcyclists should step up their nighttime riding safety precautions after a study linked full moons to an increased risk of fatal crashes, Kitchener litigation lawyer Graham ... Read more

Legal advice vital for employers when responding to wage hike: Rose
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Businesses that responded to a recent increase in Ontario’s minimum wage by eliminating paid breaks and other employee benefits — often outlined in documents that ... Read more

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Good vibes only — that’s ridiculous!
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By Leanne Townsend All too often in social media and other places I see people posting about how they want “good vibes only” and how they have a “no negativity” zone. At ... Read more

Bus driver fired after caught using cellphone while behind the wheel
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By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Just cause for dismissal? This fall, a daycare bus driver in Surrey, B.C. was fired after the police caught her using her cellphone while driving . The ... Read more

The kids are alright*
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By Bernard Morrow End of year. Time to reflect and take stock. Time to recharge and reset. What single work-related event or experience stood out for you in 2017? A colleague posed that ... Read more

Div. Ct overturns claim, SC awards $250,000 for similar behaviour
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By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the Ontario Divisional Court overturned an award of $7,500 given to a 71-year-old security guard making $24,000/year. One of the reasons that the award was ... Read more

New regulations in response to large number of truck collisions
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By John McLeish and William Harding The federal government is implementing new safety regulations in an effort to address the high number of collisions involving commercial trucks. These new ... Read more

Four new protected grounds proposed for Ontario’s Human Rights Code
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By Laura Williams On Oct. 4, 2017, Bill 164, The Human Rights Code Amendment Act , 2017 (Bill 164) was introduced in the Ontario legislature as a private member’s bill by Nathalie Des ... Read more

“Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees Policy” approved by CPSO
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine “Uninsured services” are physician services not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). These types of services include, for ... Read more

Botting honours memory of the late Chief Justice Allan McEachern
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By Gary Botting On a pedestal in the foyer of the Vancouver Law Courts at 800 Smithe St. , confronting the statue of blind justice, sits the bust of the late Chief Justice Allan McEachern, ... Read more

Don’t break this New Year’s resolution: write a will
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By Lisa Laredo With the holidays done and gone, it’s now that time of year — the time to buckle down and get on with fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions. You know the ... Read more

Is January divorce month?
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber Happy New Year to everyone. I hope the holidays treated you well and you have survived the deep freeze. I spent a week at a cottage on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. I ... Read more

ONCA update — government targeting early 2020 for proclamation
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By Kathy O'Brien The Ontario Legislature passed Bill 154, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017, on November 14. Bill 154 effected changes to non-profit corporate legislation in ... Read more

Funeral dispute caused by unclear final wishes
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By Charles Ticker A recent story I found online about a transatlantic funeral dispute confirms how important it is to have an up-to-date estate plan in place before death. The story is ... Read more

ONCA cautions against partial summary judgment
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By Nicole Simes As I noted in an earlier blog , the Supreme Court in this case , “rewrote the law on summary judgment” and opened the doors to a fast and cost-effective method ... Read more

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