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Hicks points to overdose or obesity as possible cause of death

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks has suggested to a jury that a man who was found dead in 2011 could have died of a drug overdose or obesity but not of a diabetic ... Read more

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Entrance standards to the province's legal profession need to be raised

The low re-qualification standards for foreign-educated Canadian ‎law students need to be significantly raised in the public interest, writes commercial litigator and ... Read more

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Howden details the traits of highly effective mediators

Toronto civil litigator Deborah Howden writes that not all mediators are created equal and shares the seven traits of highly effective mediators in a recent issue of ... Read more

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Ban on tobogganing an overreaction: Stevens

A municipality’s move to ban tobogganing for fear of potential lawsuits is a knee-jerk reaction to an isolated case, Toronto personal injury lawyer Stacey Stevens ... Read more

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Pregnancy, maternity, and parental leave 102

By Nicole Simes  We often receive calls from expecting parents asking about their rights to benefits and time off work once their child arrives. This article reviews the rights for ... Read more

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Taxpayers should seek answers from professionals, not CRA

A recent survey that suggests as many as one in four business callers to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are receiving inaccurate information highlights the fact that taxpayers ... Read more

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Entering videos as evidence regarding child access

By Andrew Feldstein  Scarlett v. Farrell, 2014 ONCJ 517 : This case addresses the issue of entering videos into evidence regarding the issue of child access. The mother has sole custody of the ... Read more


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Social media adds an interesting layer to IP disputes
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Social media’s ability to quickly make pictures and phrases popular is a fire that fuels the value of intellectual property, says Toronto trademark agent and IP lawyer John ... Read more

Neesons announces alliance with JAMS
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Neesons Court Reporting has formed an alliance with JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. “This now establishes JAMS ... Read more

Industry awards provide unique opportunities
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While some may question their legitimacy and value, there are a number of reasons why it is worthwhile for lawyers to pursue industry honours, awards and rankings says Toronto ... Read more

Employee protection key in Canadian employment laws
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A recent Globe and Mail article discussed Sun News Network’s apparent decision to apply group layoff terms to its Toronto and Ottawa employees and not its bureau ... Read more

Civil suit against businessman alleges negligence, breach of duty
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The acquittal of a Brampton businessman accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female employee has left the woman “upset and disillusioned” with the criminal ... Read more

Helping employees through divorce can increase productivity
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While family stress, separation and divorce are personal matters, they’re still likely to impact the workplace, and it’s important for employers to provide tools for ... Read more

Blaming lawsuits for ban on tobogganing nonsensical
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The fingers of blame in the war on tobogganing must not be pointed at lawyers and lawsuits, when, in the last century, there have been only two successful reported cases related ... Read more

Everyone entitled to privacy, even ex-spouses: Fishman
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As society becomes more technologically advanced, instances of spying on a former spouse’s digital information are likely to increase, Toronto family lawyer Kenneth Fishman ... Read more

Insurance fraud scam puts stain on entire industry
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A Peel Regional Police officer recently convicted of insurance fraud is one example of the financial strain these actions can put on an entire insurance system, while also ... Read more

Third-party custody presents its own unique challenges
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While third-party custody is likely the least common type of custody arrangement, there are many scenarios where parents are unable to provide care – often because of death, ... Read more

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Things to know about mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes
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By John Navarrete  In 2012, Canadian legislators passed the controversial Safe Streets and Communities Act, which, among other things, set mandatory minimum sentences for certain kinds of drug ... Read more

Efficiencies save landfill merger, Supreme Court rules
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By Michael Osborne  A landfill merger that gave the buyer a monopoly and would prevent prices from falling was saved by efficiencies amounting to one-half of one person’s annual salary, the ... Read more

When ADR works and when it doesn't
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By Marvin J. Huberman  “ADR” is an acronym for “Alternative Dispute Resolution.” It’s a term that encompasses a wide range of techniques that may be used to attempt to ... Read more

Child declared to have two fathers despite silence in Children’s Law Reform Act
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By Cathryn Paul  The Ontario government needs to recognize the changing face of parenthood and amend the Children’s Law Reform Act to recognize parents of the same gender and developments ... Read more

Refusal to reinstate employee after maternity leave leads to constructive dismissal, damages
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By Allison Greene  Kelly Bray was a massage therapy instructor for the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy for nine years. She was employed for nine years. In her position, Ms. Bray ... Read more

Controversial ruling in Spence unlikely to apply to many other estates cases
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By Lisa Laredo  The court decision in Spence v. BMO Trust Company , 2015 ONSC 615 (CanLII) has led to concerns about court interference and uncertainty in estate planning. An ... Read more

Southren Solutions: business development mistakes lawyers commonly make
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By Jane Southren  An interesting aspect of my work now as a coach, is how often people tell me that they feel like they are "behind" their peers in reaching their business development goals. We ... Read more

Mitigation in wrongful dismissal
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By Inga Andriessen  The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released a decision in the case of Arnone v. Best Theratronics Ltd ., 2015 ONCA 63 (CanLII) which overturned the motion judge’s ... Read more

SNC-Lavalin Charged With Foreign Corruption Offences
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By Michael Osborne  Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin has been charged by the RCMP with paying bribes of nearly $48 million to Libyan government officials and ... Read more

Are you ready to brand your law firm?
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By Jana Schilder  In January, I wrote an article titled “Medium sized firms struggling with marketing” for The Lawyers Weekly . One of the nuggets that has stayed with me was this ... Read more

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