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NEW Report warned rights of N.S. people with disabilities 'verging' on violation

HALIFAX — An external report warned more than a decade ago that a Nova Scotia hospital was ``verging'' on violating the basic rights of people with disabilities by forcing ... Read more

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Legal advice on marijuana crucial for condo boards

Condominium boards should think about whether restrictions on marijuana smoke are needed in their buildings before legalization takes effect later this year, says Toronto ... Read more

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French LPP boosts Ontario's Francophone community

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) French Law Practice Program (LPP) is a boost to the province’s French-speaking bar and broader francophone community, Brampton ... Read more

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Drunk in a self-driving vehicle – what’s the law?

As vehicles become more sophisticated and require less human interaction, self-driving autos could change how impaired driving statutes apply, Toronto civil and commercial ... Read more

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Personal touch sets Allinotte apart

Approachability is the key to Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte’s practice. Allinotte, the owner of Allinotte Law Office Professional Corporation , ... Read more

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Ron Strike helps accident victims feel empowered

Bowmanville personal injury lawyer Ron Strike cringes every time he sees a law firm advertisement on the back of a bus or overlooking the highway. Strike, counsel to Will ... Read more

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Be aware of ‘choice of law’ clauses from other jurisdictions

When faced with a contract from another jurisdiction, lawyers should check for a “choice of law” clause that could alter their involvement in the matter, Toronto ... Read more

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Novel legal process preserves the right to an appeal

In a rare legal procedure, Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith ’s client preserves his right to appeal a first-degree murder conviction after waiving the bulk of the ... Read more

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Jury calls for consecutive life sentences, but judge has final say

A judge has the option of sentencing two men who were convicted in the murder of an Ontario woman to consecutive life sentences because they are currently serving time for another ... Read more

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Taxpayer's responsibility to review accountant-prepared return

Although many Canadians hire a professional to prepare their tax return, the courts have generally been unwilling to allow taxpayers to rely entirely on their accountant to ensure ... Read more

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Trademarking ‘Taco Tuesday’ a tough task

A large chain of taco restaurants will have a tough time trying to keep others from using “Taco Tuesday,” Toronto business lawyer Bill Northcote tells Metro News ... Read more


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Pot legalization: Canadians need to educate themselves
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OTTAWA — The federal public safety minister says people shouldn't jump to conclusions about when they'll be able to buy marijuana legally, as a key federal bill makes its ... Read more

LSO disciplinary actions show flexibility
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A recent decision by the Law Society Tribunal in Ontario to convert a conduct application into an invitation to attend is an example of the willingness of a governing body to be ... Read more

Lawyers may greatly assist foreign students navigate visa process
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Hiring legal counsel may improve the chances of success for applicants seeking a permit to study in Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily. com . ... Read more

No such thing as materiality in estate accounts
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While materiality is an important convention in accounting and auditing relating to the significance of an amount, transaction, or discrepancy, it has no real application in ... Read more

Starting lawsuit outside of Toronto can have cost, time advantages
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Although there may be a good reason for a company to start a lawsuit in Toronto, possible delays and additional costs may mean there can be benefits to pursuing an action outside ... Read more

Koster has seen it all during three decades in workplace violence
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Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant Denise Koster , has been gripped by the ongoing harassment and sex assault scandals spreading across the entertainment and ... Read more

Decisions on termination clauses inconsistent: MacLeod
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Ontario courts need to provide more clarity when examining the language in termination clauses so employees and employers can get a better idea of what will be enforced and what ... Read more

Divorce 101: How to survive divorce season
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“Divorce Season” is in full swing, Toronto family lawyer Usman Sadiq tells AdvocateDaily.com That’s the name Sadiq, founder and principal owner of Sadiq ... Read more

'Knee-jerk reaction' to any specific case is wrong
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It’s “astonishing” and “absolutely wrong” for federal politicians to have commented about the need for justice system change after the acquittal of a ... Read more

Spousal sponsorship process now moving faster: immigration minister
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OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has met its goal of shortening wait times for those hoping to sponsor their spouse from abroad. Hussen says ... Read more

Decision wrongly links punitive and moral damages to income
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A record award in favour of a fired executive sends the wrong message about punitive and moral damages, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher tells ... Read more

Budding office romances can create thorny issues for employers
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Office romances may be more common and less taboo than in the past, but they pose multiple risks and the lines between personal and professional interaction need to be clear, ... Read more

Align beneficiary designations to reduce litigation risk
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Testators can minimize the chance of their estates ending up in litigation by aligning their beneficiary designations, Toronto trust and estate litigator Felice Kirsh tells ... Read more

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There is power in keeping it personal
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By Tom Ball According to Harvard Business Review , the most effective way to connect with clients is at an emotional level, tapping into their fundamental motivations and fulfilling ... Read more

Disinherited children may have claims against estate
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By Charles Ticker Disinherited children may be entitled to share in lottery winner’s estate A recent story from New Zealand found here is a very interesting scenario involving the ... Read more

Sexual assault and sexual harassment at work
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By Nicole Simes In the wake of workplace sexual assault allegations against the former leader of the Ontario PC party, I continue to reiterate what employers of any kind can do to try and ... Read more

Complaints process not forum to seek action for failure to pay judgment
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen A recent decision of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) serves as a reminder that not every type of complaint that a person may have ... Read more

The paradox of sexual misconduct and people with disabilities
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By Lorin MacDonald As a human rights lawyer and a woman living with a disability, I am troubled by some reactions to the resignation of the federal Minister of Sport and Persons with ... Read more

Involving the Office of the Children’s Lawyer
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By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently considered a situation where the parties’ custody and access proceedings were adjourned so that the Office of the Children’s Lawyer ... Read more

What you need to know about a workplace injury
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By David Hollingsworth Workplace injury A workplace injury can happen anywhere. A workplace injury can also go far beyond the industrial and construction site accidents that we hear about in ... Read more

Five more reasons you need to write a will now
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By Lisa Laredo January has come and gone but we’re still going on about the New Year’s resolution that should have been at the top of the list for at least half of Canadians ... Read more

A ‘dose of pragmatism’ from Court of Appeal: Dillon
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By Peter Dillon Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its much-anticipated decision in this case on Jan. 25, 2018. I say much-anticipated because the summary judgement decision of ... Read more

The number one target for credential theft emails
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By Ryan Duquette According to the Proofpoint 2017 Human Factor Report , Apple ID's are the #1 target for credential theft emails. The other top targets are Microsoft Outlook and Google ... Read more

Simplifying the search for a deceased’s life insurance policy
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By Ian Hull Beneficiary designations for life insurance policies can be an integral part of one’s estate plan. As designated policy proceeds typically pass outside of an estate, and ... Read more

The de-stressed court reporter
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By Kim Neeson As a working real-time court reporter and owner of Neesons, I’ve experienced stress in its many forms over the years. When I started court reporting, lawyers and judges ... Read more

The duty to accommodate and frustration of an employment contract
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By Laura Williams Appropriately accommodating an employee’s disability is often a challenging task for employers. It is often difficult to determine at what point the accommodation ... Read more

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