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McLeish hopeful Sittings Project can relieve civil trial delays

Toronto critical injury lawyer John McLeish says he’s cautiously optimistic a pilot scheduling project could improve crippling delays in the civil justice system. The ... Read more

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Decision on structured settlements raises more questions

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that ruled structured settlement payments should be considered income rather than property in equalization discussions during a ... Read more

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Store originals with lawyers to avoid litigation over lost wills

A recent dispute over a lost will shows the value of storing the original in a lawyer’s vault, says Toronto estates litigator Alexander Turner . The case involved a ... Read more

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The dos and don’ts of buying a home

Purchasing a home is demanding and risky, especially for first-time buyers, so it pays to get good legal advice and follow some basic guidelines, says Edmonton real estate and ... Read more

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Adjudication process will expedite payments in construction sector

The introduction of an interim adjudication process to resolve payment disputes more efficiently is a welcome update to Ontario’s construction laws, commercial litigator ... Read more

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Government urged to fast-track licensing for experienced refugee drivers

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) should consider sworn affidavits in lieu of original documents from war-torn countries in order to get experienced drivers working ... Read more

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Guidelines require healthcare organizations to track privacy breaches

By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines that will come into effect March 2019 but require healthcare organizations to start tracking ... Read more

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Is your organization compliant with AODA? It should be — here’s why

By Doug MacLeod Did you know that employers with 20 or more employees are required to file a report with the Ontario government confirming they have complied with their obligations under the ... Read more


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Unique lawsuit deals with trauma of witnessing crime in jail
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A lawsuit filed by six prisoners against the province of Ontario is a unique case that may be one of the first in Canada to seek damages for the trauma of witnessing crime in a ... Read more

Former chief justice right on sexual assault cases
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The Supreme Court of Canada’s former chief justice Beverley McLachlin was right to stress the rights of accused to a fair trial in sexual assault cases during a recent ... Read more

Violence against health-care workers a growing problem
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With incidents of violence against health-care workers by patients and their families seemingly on the rise, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman says it’s critical for ... Read more

Law change minimizes effect of PPSA naming errors
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An amendment to Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) will give comfort to car financiers and lessors who accidentally misidentify debtors, says Toronto ... Read more

New construction laws a boon for industry: Vickerman
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Recent changes to Ontario’s construction laws — including a new interim adjudication process to resolve payment disputes and the implementation of prompt payment rules ... Read more

Employers need to understand new obligations under Bill 148
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Employers will have to update their employment contracts to keep pace with the changes that accompany the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act , Toronto labour and employment lawyer ... Read more

Inquiry into racial profiling, discrimination a welcome move
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TORONTO — Decades of complaints about racial profiling and discrimination by police officers in Canada's most populous city have prompted a wide-ranging inquiry by Ontario's ... Read more

B.C. follows Ontario's lead on family exclusion
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The British Columbia Court of Appeal’s interpretation of a family member exclusion clarifies the law in that province, but not to the benefit of policyholders, says ... Read more

Mediation, counselling help parents stay on track
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When a marriage ends and emotions are running high, co-parenting counselling and mediation can help families keep the focus on the kids, not the conflict, says Toronto family ... Read more

Bill 148 could inhibit job growth
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Ontario’s new workplace law may have the unintended consequence of reducing employment, Hamilton employment lawyer Jennifer Zdriluk tells The Lawyer's Daily . As the ... Read more

Lawyer faces uphill task in malicious prosecution action against law society
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An Ontario lawyer faces an uphill battle to win his malicious prosecution and defamation action against the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Toronto commercial litigator and ... Read more

Digital asset planning a must in modern estates
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As a person’s digital assets become increasingly complex, it’s important to include updated estate instructions around them, particularly if a child with special needs ... Read more

Equal shared parenting would level playing field
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A private members bill that would establish equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes would help even the playing field — especially for fathers, ... Read more

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Ontario sexual assault cases to get outside review
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By John Navarrete Certain criminal cases will soon be reviewed by an independent body. Sexual assault cases in various areas of Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta, will be reviewed by a panel ... Read more

Englit prof to lawyer: a trip to Wonderland
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By Gary Botting Having worked as a professor of English literature and drama for 20 years before attending law school, I naively peppered my early legal arguments in court with references to ... Read more

Discuss estate planning during holiday get-togethers
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By Matthias Duensing With the holidays fast approaching, families are no doubt planning their festivities. Having multiple generations under one roof is cause for joyous celebration. But ... Read more

‘Tis the season to be fired
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By Bram Lecker Everyone is imbued with the holiday spirit this time of year. Everyone it seems, except large corporate employers. In our experience during the festive season, precisely six ... Read more

Court upholds cohabitation agreement waiving spousal support
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By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a cohabitation agreement that a woman signed decades ago without obtaining independent legal advice, finding no reason to overturn the ... Read more

Bill 148: new changes to workplace legislation
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By Christopher Achkar Employment and labour law change dynamically through case law and legislation, and recent reforms within Ontario have taken employers by storm. These changes entitle employees ... Read more

Caregiver loses battle with son of elderly client
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By Charles Ticker Caregiver accused of influencing loses court battle A recent story I found online from Auckland, New Zealand is an example of the kind of scenario that is becoming more ... Read more

Same game, new rules: changes to Ontario's workplace laws
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By Paul Willetts Last month, the provincial government passed into law Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 . This Act brings with it significant changes to employment law ... Read more

When and why courts order shared parenting
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By Andrew Feldstein This case involves the parents of a three-year-old child and deals with the contested interim parenting arrangement. Specifically, the judge of the Ontario Superior Court of ... Read more

New year, new AODA rules — is your business accessible?
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By Mitchell Rose January 1 , 2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). If you are not familiar with AODA, ... Read more

Surviving the holidays after divorce
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By Leanne Townsend The holiday season is always a tough time during a divorce and for the first few years after. It serves as a reminder of happier family times and also puts enormous stress on ... Read more

Started from the bottom, now I’m here
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By Inga Andriessen I’m fortunate that as part of my career I have the opportunity to mentor students, beginning at the high school level and carrying on to lawyers about to be called to ... Read more

Health college not appropriate forum to resolve business dispute
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In a recent case , the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (Committee) of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (the College) took no ... Read more

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