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Time to eliminate civil jury trials

The time has come to scrap jury trials in civil matters, says Toronto critical injury lawyer John McLeish . “The jury system has outlived its usefulness,” ... Read more

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Airbnb-condo deal requires further study: Conant

A deal between Airbnb and a Toronto condominium — believed to be a first in Canada — should be carefully studied to understand the legalities, says Toronto condominium ... Read more

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Transcripts of cross-examinations: who foots the bill?

Cross-examination on affidavits is the usual course for any litigation, but there is often confusion around the rules for ordering the transcripts, and who pays for what, says ... Read more

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How to wield family law's 'big stick': the motion for contempt

Parents whose children are being withheld from them must first lay a solid foundation of evidence before using the “big stick” of family law — a motion for ... Read more

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Millionaire's handwritten notes wouldn't count as final wishes in Ontario

A Nova Scotia case — where a deceased millionaire's unsigned handwritten memos were ruled to count toward her testamentary intention — would play out differently in ... Read more

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Upcoming changes make CRA's VDP less attractive to taxpayers

Changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) set to take effect March 1 will make the initiative far less attractive to taxpayers and may lead to its effective demise, ... Read more

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Equal shared parenting — child custody interim motion

By Gene C. Colman Equal shared parenting within child custody law is very much a thriving concept in Ontario. Superior Court Justice W.D. Newton has penned what I believe to be a very ... Read more

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WSIB benefit changes effective Jan. 1, 2018

By Nicole Simes Claiming benefits through WSIB because of harassment or bullying at work just got much easier. Until very recently, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act only allowed ... Read more


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LAO project helps lawyers provide access to justice: Hicks
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A Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pilot project that streamlines the way lawyers are paid is helping to soften the impact of chronic underfunding in the system, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

Why January is so busy for family lawyers
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Many couples consider splitting up during the month of January and talking to a lawyer can help people wade through this stressful and confusing period in their life, says ... Read more

Toronto condos should update residents on short-term rental rules
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Toronto condominium boards should update their unit owners about the status of short-term rentals in their buildings after the city voted to regulate the practice, Toronto ... Read more

Road safety campaign misses mark, blames victims
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A new Toronto police campaign aimed at increasing road safety is “disproportionate, and can only be seen as victim-blaming," Toronto critical injury lawyer and road safety ... Read more

The holiday spending hangover and demand for litigation funding
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With Canadians owing record amounts of debt, this time of year is especially stressful for many personal injury plaintiffs who struggle with paying bills after the holiday ... Read more

'It’s a good time for boutiques': Simpson
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Clients are becoming increasingly aware that small firms and boutiques provide the same quality of service as some of the larger, more traditional firms, Toronto intellectual ... Read more

Voice of family members critical in Wettlaufer inquiry: Koster
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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

Text messages a ‘discreet form of correspondence:’ SCC
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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

Appeal court brings certainty to couples with cohabitation agreements
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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

Fathers hindered by traditional views of gender roles in custody disputes
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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

Self-reps and the need for more help
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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

Adequate preparation time crucial when selling business
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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

LPP work placements an opportunity for candidates, employers
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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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Professional staff leaves of absence – is your hospital prepared?
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By Kate Dewhirst Does your hospital explain to your professional staff members the rules about taking a leave of absence? Remember: professional staff members may include doctors, dentists, ... Read more

Employer’s duty to accommodate illness and disability
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By Bram Lecker and Ian Hurley An employer’s duty to accommodate The human condition is such that anyone can suffer an illness or become disabled at any time. It can occur suddenly ... Read more

How green is your estate plan?
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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

When courts order the sale of the matrimonial home
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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

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

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

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