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Sunny ways signal positive change for immigration law

The Liberal government's wide-ranging immigration reform bill signals a positive change in immigration law, says Calgary immigration and tax lawyer Mandeep S. Mohar . Bill ... Read more

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Six steps to avoid common first-time homebuyer pitfalls

First-time homebuyers should be aware of common problems that can mar or even derail the purchase of their dream property, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita ... Read more

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Consumers pay the price for insurance fraud: Downs

With personal injury claims on the rise, consumers can expect to pay even more for auto insurance, says Jim Downs , managing director of MKD International Inc. “When it ... Read more

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Views differ on what inspires public confidence in justice system

The recent decision to release Toronto police Const. James Forcillo on bail until his appeal hearing next year shows there may be a disconnect between what the courts ... Read more

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Those little loopholes in your LTD policy

By Brian Goldfinger  Our law firm handles a wide array of personal injury and disability claims. Many of our cases are against large, multi-national insurance companies who provide all types of ... Read more

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Income determination: performance bonuses and transitional loans

By Andrew Feldstein  Rogers v. Rogers, 2015 ONSC 7794 : This case addressed the question of whether a support payor’s performance bonuses and transitional loans structured received from an ... Read more


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NEW Mandatory minimum exceptions not the answer: Friedberg
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OTTAWA – The Liberal government is studying the idea of building some wiggle room into the controversial convention of mandatory minimum sentences to avoid unduly harsh ... Read more

Important for employers to ensure compliance with OHSA changes
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Ontario is introducing changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that place new requirements on employers and business owners as of Sept. 8 , says ... Read more

Contested custody disputes risky business for parents
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When spouses resolve their custody disputes in court, they leave the decision about what’s best for their children to a judge — and that comes with some ... Read more

Keep children out of the middle of a divorce
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One of the toughest challenges facing parents as their relationships crumble is to keep their children out of the crossfire, says Toronto family lawyer Erin Chaiton-Murray . ... Read more

Found in translation: better access to Quebec decisions
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A Quebec agency that translates the province’s leading court judgments into English is a boon to lawyers in the rest of Canada, improving access to justice and ensuring ... Read more

Judges unlikely to grant early divorce if issues unresolved
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While it was once common practice for a spouse to ask that their divorce be granted before other issues have been resolved, recent cases show that judges are ... Read more

Tribunal sides with Mayeski’s client in dispute with VQA
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A recent win for The Old Third winery against Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) is a great result for the wine industry and Prince Edward County, says Toronto and Prince ... Read more

Employees face serious consequences after ethics breaches
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A conflict of interest case involving executives at three Toronto-area hospitals underscores the serious consequences employees face when they breach professional ethics, says ... Read more

Check zoning bylaws before signing commercial lease
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Toronto commercial real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis says it’s crucial for business owners to seek legal advice and conduct due diligence before signing a commercial lease ... Read more

Avoid costly estate litigation by pre-planning wills
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Canadian Baby Boomers will transfer $750-billion to their heirs over the next 10 to 20 years, according to a recent CIBC study, and that means there will be an increase in estate ... Read more

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Ask a lawyer: what is small claims court and when do I need one?
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By Timothy N. Sullivan  Everyone’s heard of small claims court. But not everyone knows when to use it. The Ontario Small Claims Court is a lot of things. It’s a court of justice. ... Read more

Effecting an insurance designation by declaration
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By Ian Hull  What language will be sufficient to effect a beneficiary designation by codicil? The decision in The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company v. Ait-Said , 2016 ONSC 4051 ... Read more

Are you ready for the deadline for combatting sexual harassment?
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By Inga Andriessen  On Sept. 8, 2016, Ontario employers must comply with the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that address sexual harassment in the workplace. The changes are ... Read more

Effecting an insurance designation by declaration
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By Ian Hull  What language will be sufficient to effect a beneficiary designation by codicil? The decision in The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company v. Ait-Said , 2016 ONSC 4051 ... Read more

Genetic testing of a deceased’s beneficiaries
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By Rachel Migicovsky  Prince died on April 21, 2016 at his home in Minnesota without a will and with an estate worth an estimated US$300 mi llion. The late musician didn't have children and his ... Read more

Uncertainty about the nature of new Schedule I drug W-18
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By Joseph Neuberger  On June 1, the Canadian federal government added a synthetic drug called W-18 to the list of drugs on Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or CDSA. Schedule I ... Read more

Power of attorney disputes on the rise?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  Our population is aging but living longer. This has resulted in an increase in the prevalence of dementia and other aging-related conditions associated with cognitive decline, ... Read more

Grandma's will is unpopular — was she too old to make one?
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By Lynne Butler  Isn't it funny how an older person who makes an unpopular will is often accused by his or her family of not knowing what he or she was doing? Only the ones who agree with the ... Read more

Dealing with business assets, liabilities in your estate plan
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By Kristine Anderson  In part one of this series, I explored what happens to your sole proprietorship when you die, provided information on the pitfalls of dying without a valid will in ... Read more

CASL will allow for class actions in 2017 - Is your organization at risk?
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By Jillian Swartz  a> Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL), considered by many to be one of the most stringent anti-spam regimes in the world, came into effect on July 1, 2014. Since ... Read more

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