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Non-compliance with orders a major source of frustration

Non-compliance with court orders is one the most difficult — and frustrating — aspects of family law, says Ottawa family lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan . ... Read more

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Lottery system for parent, grandparent reunification 'unfair'

The federal government's new lottery for parent and grandparent sponsorship has made a bad situation worse, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery . Immigration ... Read more

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Fisher's Wrongful Dismissal Database quantifies case law

The question of determining reasonable notice in wrongful dismissal cases is often quite subjective, but an online database created and maintained by Toronto employment mediator ... Read more

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Including children conceived posthumously in SLRA raises questions

Recent legislative changes that include children conceived posthumously in the definition of ‘child,’ — allowing them to claim financial support from the ... Read more

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Issues around proposed marijuana laws mean revision needed

With concerns raised already about the proposed marijuana legislation, it’s expected the laws will be amended before they are passed, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb ... Read more

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Case conferences can lead to settlements under LAT system

Although recent changes to auto accident insurance benefits have eliminated the use of mandatory mediation, Toronto litigator and commercial arbitrator Marvin Huberman ... Read more

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Pot usage could impact benefits in accidents: Michael Lesage

A surge in impairment cases and increased detection of drug use could have an impact on the benefits and damages recovered by those involved in accidents, Toronto ... Read more

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Why asking your employee to go clubbing could cost you

By Nicole Simes I hope by now you know that sexual harassment at work is against the law. If not, please see here and here . Despite this, sexual harassment is still ... Read more

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Termination clause unenforceable due to 'potential violation'

By Paul Willetts In the recent decision of Covenoho v. Pendylum Ltd. , the Ontario Court of Appeal awarded a former employee of Pendylum 40 weeks' pay ($56,000), overturning the ruling ... Read more


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Physician's story of addiction a cautionary tale for health professionals
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An Ontario physician's story of addiction, criminal conviction and job loss serves as a warning to health professionals that they can lose their career if they ... Read more

Capital fund good news for small businesses
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A new government-backed capital fund is a good opportunity for underserved small and medium-sized businesses to get access to expertise as well as cash, says Toronto corporate and ... Read more

Proposed contingency-fee limit too low
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A 15-per-cent cap on contingency fees could spark an access-to-justice crisis, says Kitchener civil litigator Graham Bennett . In March, Toronto MPP Mike Colle introduced a ... Read more

Court 'green lights' random drug testing
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An Ontario Superior Court decision allowing the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to administer random workplace drug testing signals a dramatic shift in the rights ... Read more

Hettiarachchi: advocating for workplace integrity
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A Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation from CPHR Canada, the national organization of the HR profession, is the latest in a series of ... Read more

Time for firms to realize the business case for legal analytics
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It is time for law firms to start using legal analytics tools to their advantage — to help them with strategy, business decisions and even to free up younger lawyers to ... Read more

Vital to consider human side of trustee-beneficiary relationship
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While it's important to pay close attention to the financial and legal responsibilities associated with a trust, trustees should also be aware there's an ... Read more

Ontario's segregation practices need immediate review
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TORONTO — Vulnerable inmates are being put at risk due to Ontario's highly flawed system of segregation, the province's ombudsman said Thursday. In a hard-hitting report, ... Read more

Personal injury cases affected by drug-impaired driving uncertainty
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Questions remain about the drug-impaired driving regime now that the federal government has released its plan for the legalization of marijuana, says Ottawa ... Read more

Stem cell therapy shows promise for paralyzed victims
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New stem cell research is “a step in the right direction” for those suffering from spinal cord injuries, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Dale Orlando . A ... Read more

Forstner uses experience to help clients steer clear of justice system
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Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner draws on his lengthy experience in the justice system and his personal story of overcoming obstacles to help ... Read more

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Three legal questions every clinician should know how to answer
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By Kate Dewhirst If you are a practicing clinician (nurse, doctor, dentist, midwife, psychologist, OT, PT, social worker etc.) there are three legal questions you should be able to answer: ... Read more

Trademark provisions under the new Cannabis Act
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By John Simpson The federal government’s recently tabled Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) – which will legalize the recreational use of cannabis in Canada –will affect, in ... Read more

Motorcycle safety series: post-winter safety
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By Joseph Cescon and Bryan Sansom, articling student Once spring hits, the weather warms up and many motorcyclists are eager to get their bikes out of storage and hit the road for that ... Read more

Can delivery of a gift precede intention?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In the recent decision of McKendry v. McKendry , the British Columbia Court of Appeal considered the elements of a valid inter vivos transfer of ... Read more

Five tips for finding a family lawyer that is the right fit
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By Sharon Silbert With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, with a ... Read more

What happens when a trustee's claim seems excessive?
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By Matthias Duensing There is no question that estate trustees are entitled to compensation for their work. But the amount they claim can be contentious. When a trustee’s ... Read more

Determination of income when a payor’s income fluctuates
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By Andrew Feldstein Quiquero v. Quiquero , 2016 ONSC 6696: This recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice provides guidance for lawyers and future courts with respect to the ... Read more

Federal budget falls short on innovation
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By Aaron Edgar The federal government's 2017 Budget puts a focus on bolstering innovation in Canada by proposing investments in “superclusters”, a new Strategic ... Read more

Is there such a thing as a ‘probationary period’ for employees?
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By Inga Andriessen Many people think they know a lot about employment law. Many people do. Many people know a little about employment law and get confused about its’ application to certain ... Read more

Global Talent Stream equals fast track work permit application
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By Angela Princewill The processing time of many Canadian work permits is set to be dramatically cut by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with the introduction of its ... Read more

How does solicitor/client privilege apply on testator’s death?
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By Ian Hull What happens to communications between a solicitor and a testator once the testator passes away? Can privilege be waived in order to determine the intentions of a testator? ... Read more

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