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Use caution when applying remedy of distress

Remedies are available for landlords pursuing rental arrears from commercial tenants, but they must be applied correctly or the consequences can be costly, Toronto litigator ... Read more

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Bill 164 needs work, but addresses real harms, injustices

A private member’s bill that adds four grounds of discrimination to Ontario’s Human Rights Code still has some “holes” that need to be filled, but these ... Read more

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The dangers of cosmetic surgery abroad

Those tempted by cheaper prices abroad for bigger breasts or flatter tummies should be aware of the dangers of so-called “medical tourism,” says Toronto facial plastic ... Read more

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Elder abuse often tough to spot: Urback

The often-subtle signs of elder abuse make it a tricky problem to diagnose, Toronto litigator Matthew Urback tells AdvocateDaily.com . Urback, an associate with Shibley ... Read more

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Victim impact of the decline of accident benefits

In the first in a two-part series, Toronto personal injury lawyer Jennifer Hoffman explores how accident benefits in Ontario are being eroded. Injury victims are losing out ... Read more

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Worst-case scenario thinking improves will accuracy

Planning for family disasters makes for a more accurate estate plan, Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte tells AdvocateDaily.com . Allinotte, owner of ... Read more

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New mortgage stress test could make homes less affordable

The government’s attempt to cool the hot housing market may actually prevent some people from being able to buy a new home, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing ... Read more

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How NOT to work with your employment lawyer

By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Our goal is to provide our clients with sound advice and zealously advocate on their behalf. Presumably, that is why they retain us. Yet it is often ... Read more


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Decision lambasting CAS demands reaction
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A judge’s admonition of a children’s aid society’s (CAS) actions towards two Hamilton, Ont. foster parents brings a refreshing dose of accountability to the area ... Read more

Charges stayed after police breach linguistic rights
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An Ontario judge’s decision to stay criminal charges against a francophone man because the police failed to serve him in French is a reminder of the importance of linguistic ... Read more

The termination clause: the most litigated aspect of a contract
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When drafting employment contracts, it’s important that employers and their counsel pay special attention to termination clauses to avoid litigation after an employee is ... Read more

Don't forget to mitigate in employment claims
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The duty to mitigate their losses often comes as a nasty surprise to plaintiffs with constructive and wrongful dismissal claims, Toronto employment and human rights lawyer ... Read more

Bill 37 designed to save lives of vulnerable road users
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Re-tabled legislation aimed at strengthening existing road safety laws and adding new measures will provide important legal protection for vulnerable road users, Toronto critical ... Read more

Case highlights limitations of Canada's extradition law
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A case involving two teens who are pleading to stop their mother’s extradition to England for allegedly abducting them underscores the limitations of the law surrounding ... Read more

Pay transparency bill introduces conflict in provincial laws
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Proposed legislation intended to bridge the pay gap for women could prove challenging for recruiters as well as employers, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. ... Read more

Access to information system broken: Winkler
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Canada’s access to information regime is being crippled by underfunded government agencies and ineffective policing, Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler tells ... Read more

LSO mandates training on workplace sexual harassment
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As the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) highlights the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) — and there's a growing awareness of the need to tackle sexual ... Read more

WIPO ADR services underused in Canada
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The arbitration and mediation services offered by the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) are underused by Canadian lawyers, says IP and charity lawyer ... Read more

Anonymous tip line not ideal for tackling systemic real estate issues
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Although British Columbia’s real estate regulator is aiming to boost consumer protection via its new anonymous tip line to report alleged misconduct by agents and brokers, ... Read more

No downward momentum in billing rates
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Mills & Mills LLP Toronto's sets its fees by comparing what other lawyers in the same practice areas charge, business and estates lawyer David Mills tells Canadian Lawyer . Mills ... Read more

Newfoundland and Labrador to target 'revenge porn' with new law
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JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador will target so-called revenge porn with new legislation to crack down on those who share intimate images without consent. Justice ... Read more

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Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking
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By Ian Hull Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? We get caught up in the ... Read more

A fixture, a trade fixture and why it matters in commercial leasing
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By Inga Andriessen I am a commercial leasing nerd. Seriously. A case management master once referred to me by that description during a pre-trial. So, unless you’re a commercial landlord ... Read more

IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information
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By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for disposing of electronic media . These guidelines explain what it means to take ... Read more

Pregnancy, parental and maternity leave 102 (federal)
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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 employees ... Read more

Disruption’s early warning signs
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By Alan Bass and Michael Sauber Alternative legal services are here. The only question is how quickly they will become the new norm. Lawyers should be aware of what signs to track and how ... Read more

Using psychology to turn leads into clients
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By Tom Ball Understanding the way people think is the key to persuasion. There are many mental triggers that can be influential when trying to get someone to think like you or, in this ... Read more

Terminating an indefinite spousal support order
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By Andrew Feldstein This case involves an appeal of a motion to change, whereby the judge ordered the termination of a prior indefinite spousal support order. As per the Ontario Superior Court ... Read more

The two parts of R. v. Gladue
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By Kristin Bailey We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court of Canada almost ... Read more

CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy, Practice Management Considerations for Physicians ... Read more

What constitutes a material change in circumstances?
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By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently considered a case where one party sought to terminate spousal support upon retiring. This decision looks at the various factors judges must weigh ... Read more

Once more on the enforceability of termination clauses
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By Laura Williams In early 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal once again ruled on the enforceability of termination clauses. In this case , an employer terminated an employee’s ... Read more

Such a law office: Shuber
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber A friend stopped by my office this morning between meetings. I gave her a quick tour of the larger firm and also brought her to see my office. Her observation on leaving? ... Read more

The ultimate 'selfie': video record your health care wishes
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In an ideal situation, if you suffer a health crisis, you’ll be able to communicate your health care preferences directly to your doctors or hospital staff. But if ... Read more

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