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Fines for nursing home non-compliance just a start: Bent

Proposed legislation that would allow the Ontario government to fine operators of long-term care homes that fail to comply with rules and regulations should only be the start of ... Read more

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Scrapping four-in-four-out rule welcomed by immigration sector

The federal government’s sudden announcement it is scrapping the controversial rule that only allows Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) to stay in Canada for ... Read more

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Managing mental illness in family law mediation

When Oakville family mediator Cathryn Paul screens clients before a mediation, some may reveal their struggles with mental illness for the very first time. ... Read more

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Relaxed experience, multilingual service at Shinehoft Law

What started out as a career in personal injury law is now just as focused on serving family law clients for Toronto lawyer Elinor Shinehoft . Shinehoft, who established ... Read more

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Digital forensics experts: the first line of response

The airport shootings in Florida on Jan. 6 is the type of case where digital forensics experts would likely have swooped in quickly to analyze the electronic devices of the ... Read more

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Quantum of damages at issue in civil suit against Muzzo

In seeking to reduce the amount of the civil lawsuit against Marco Muzzo in the drunk-driving deaths of three children and their grandfather, the civil defence is taking issue ... Read more

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Joint session: a tale of two mediations

By Bernard Morrow  In this my last post of 2016, I share a tale of two wrongful dismissal mediations conducted weeks apart. While both ended in settlement, the road to resolution was very ... Read more

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Employment rights for federally regulated employees

By Paul Willetts  The authority to make laws in Canada is split between the federal and provincial governments. Generally speaking, the employment relationship of most Ontario workers is subject ... Read more


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Gender identity issues a new hurdle for child custody cases
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Courts may have to tackle more cases involving the gender identity of children as societal attitudes towards the issue change, says Richmond Hill family lawyer Erica Lien . A ... Read more

Extra care needed to avoid automatic dismissals under new rules
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Law firms will need to tighten up their file tracking systems after changes to automatic dismissal rules finally took effect in the new year, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer ... Read more

Canadian fintech companies focus more on collaboration than disruption
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The dominant position of Canada’s big banks has prevented fintech firms from disrupting financial services in this country the way they have elsewhere in the world, ... Read more

Marijuana use at work: grounds for dismissal?
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Employers should prepare for the new challenges associated with legalized marijuana and its impact on the workforce, says Toronto employment lawyer Marie-Hélène ... Read more

Amicus role often a challenge for counsel
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In certain cases, the court can appoint a lawyer as amicus curiae or “friend of the court” to assist a self-represented litigant — however, amicus is ... Read more

Law firm succession planning and the importance of new talent
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When it comes to law firm succession planning, it’s important for partners to create opportunities for their younger counterparts to help them see a future ... Read more

Openness is key to averting constructive dismissals
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Companies tend to make big changes in the New Year that don’t always bode well for employees, leading to a bump in constructive dismissal complaints, says Vancouver ... Read more

Judge acquits man who was shot and Tasered by police: Nichols
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An Ontario judge has acquitted a man who was Tasered and shot four times by police, says Toronto criminal lawyer Stacey Nichols . Nichols represented Richard Rose, who ... Read more

Medical experts aren't 'hired guns' for insurance companies: Ford
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Physicians who are medical experts in personal injury cases are neither “advocates” for patients nor insurance companies but rather, are there to provide objective ... Read more

Never a dull moment in commercial litigation
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Toronto civil litigator Maija Pluto says early into law school she knew she wanted to pursue a career in litigation because it provided an opportunity to exercise her analytical ... Read more

Tax record 'snooping' undermines confidence in system
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Although the privacy of tax records is guaranteed by law, recent reports that claim the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was unable to prevent several employees from improperly ... Read more

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The position of executor: from cradle to grave
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By Avi Dahary  Part I – An introduction to the position This is the first of a 10-part series in which the position of estate executor is explored from the time an individual is ... Read more

Grandparents’ rights of access to grandchildren
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By Lisa Gelman  We recently highlighted a CBC News article that discussed the plight of grandparents who have been denied access to their grandchildren after the ... Read more

Employers finding it difficult to comply with new Ontario laws
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By Doug MacLeod  Lawyers as forest rangers You can compare employment lawyers to forest rangers. We prevent legal fires when we, for example, draft employment contracts and legally ... Read more

The case for law firm Facebook pages
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By Samantha Collier  I’m currently working on a 2016 Canadian law firm social media report. Tonight was dedicated to analyzing Canadian law firm Facebook business pages. Over 50 per cent ... Read more

Managing attendance and absenteeism
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By Stuart Rudner  and David Master Managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace is one of the most difficult issues for employers. Some common questions are: Are employees entitled ... Read more

More changes to AODA – are you truly open for business?
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By Mitchell Rose  A new year often means new laws. Are you truly open for business? For employers, the start of a new year in this decade has been synonymous with a new wave of ... Read more

Jehovah's Witnesses' sexual abuse response raises concerns
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By Elizabeth Grace  Recently, CBC News reported on a Radio-Canada investigation that alleged Jehovah’s Witnesses are not only failing to protect children who have been sexually abused by ... Read more

Man sentenced to house arrest for domestic assault
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By Joseph Neuberger  Many people have experienced a moment in their lives when they acted in a manner that was out of character. If a crime is alleged to have been committed during one of ... Read more

Do you have human rights protection in public spaces?
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By Nicole Simes  Racial slurs and other discriminatory comments continue to occur between members of the public. But when they happen within businesses or municipal spaces, there may be a human ... Read more

Corruption in the aviation industry? ‘Please say it isn’t so!’
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By Norm Keith  The international aviation industry is highly competitive, international, and yes, known for allegations of corruption. Whether buying, selling, maintaining, servicing or ... Read more

Without a will, assets may go to unintended beneficiaries
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By Matthias Duensing  Having a lawyer draft your will is essential to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Not doing so can result in loved ones having to invest significant ... Read more

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