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Marijuana use and its impact on road safety

With the legalization of cannabis on the Canadian horizon, drivers should be aware of the dangerous impact smoking it could have on road safety, says Toronto critical injury ... Read more

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Multi-pronged approach required to stem opioid crisis

New federal regulations that restrict fentanyl production are a step in the right direction, but more must be done to prevent the underlying issue of prescription opioid abuse, ... Read more

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Solicitor-client privilege does not extend to accountant files

Although communications between tax lawyers and their clients are subject to solicitor-client privilege, the files of accountants can be seized by the taxman and form part of a ... Read more

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Denied benefits force injured plaintiffs to sue

The story of a 28-year-old paralyzed man who is suing his insurance company after being denied $120,000 in claims is the kind of tale Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl ... Read more

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Richard Shekter: a fierce advocate in complex cases

Being embroiled in a legal dispute is one of the most stressful situations people will face, and having an experienced advocate to help them navigate the justice system can ... Read more

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Buyer protection, dispute resolution central to new condo laws

Following explosive growth in Ontario’s condominium industry over the last two decades, legislative changes are on the way that will hopefully help protect consumers in a ... Read more

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Resort waivers: does a plaintiff waive his/her rights entirely?

By Kate Mazzucco  and Camelia Amiri, articling student In a recent decision, David Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Ltd . , Justice Tzimas held that the defendant ski ... Read more

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Changes to spousal sponsorship – 2017

By Angela Princewill  In mid-December, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a suite of changes to its spousal sponsorship application process. This is aimed at streamlining ... Read more


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NEW Employers need to take harassment complaints seriously: Hum
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TORONTO — A woman who endured constant on-the-job sexual harassment before being unceremoniously fired when she complained deserved ``moral damages'' from her former ... Read more

Retain counsel if questioned about health benefits claims
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After a Toronto hospital fired 31 employees for allegedly misusing its employee benefits plan, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett says it’s important for all workers to ... Read more

Decision is a wake-up call for fiduciaries: Ticker
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Estate trustees can’t always assume they will be protected from litigation costs following a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Toronto-area estates ... Read more

Cyber security is everybody’s business
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Business leaders may fail to uphold their legal responsibilities if they don't take reasonable steps to prepare their companies for cyberattacks and information security ... Read more

Guidelines clarify records needed for disability accommodation
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Guidelines recently updated by the Ontario Human Rights Commission should clarify what medical documentation is required to accommodate disabilities, says Toronto ... Read more

Judge orders stay of proceedings post-conviction
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Following long trial delays, a Vancouver judge has taken the unusual step of ordering a judicial stay for a man who was convicted in connection with a 2014 home invasion, says his ... Read more

Business law the perfect fit for logical thinker Saunders
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Toronto commercial lawyer Bob Saunders would never have gone into the legal profession if his parents had their way. The family owned a drug store, and Saunders’ mother ... Read more

Clear policy on drug and alcohol use best option for employers
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When drafting a workplace drug and alcohol policy, it can often be a challenge for employers to balance employee rights with the company’s need to operate a safe and ... Read more

More power to U.S. border guards in Canada concerns Seligman
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A bill that would boost the powers of U.S. border officers stationed in this country should worry Canadian travellers, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman . ... Read more

Responsiveness, communication vital to client satisfaction
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By nature , estate litigation can be an emotional roller-coaster, and having a lawyer walk clients through the process goes a long way to calming their nerves, says Toronto ... Read more

No room for adversarial antics in ADR
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There's a growing trend to include dispute resolution clauses in commercial contracts to avoid costly court battles to settle disputes, says Toronto litigator and commercial ... Read more

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Car accident cases In Ontario – will a jury help?
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By Michael Lesage  Few would argue that the human body is designed to withstand the forces involved in car accidents without injury. Where one party is injured through the fault of another, our ... Read more

What is a paternity agreement?
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By Lisa Gelman  The basics of a paternity agreement A “paternity agreement” is a type of domestic contract . A paternity agreement will typically arise in ... Read more

Ontario announces new rules on carding
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By David Smith  Last week the province announced an education campaign to ensure citizens are aware of their rights under the new street checks (i.e. carding) regulations that took ... Read more

What privacy rights? Police can disclose your HIV status
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By Kristin Bailey  In the final days of 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released two decisions dealing with an unclear area of law regarding remedies for breaches of the Canadian Charter ... Read more

Sue your way to settlement
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By Mitchell Rose  Even settlement counsel like me, who encourage early resolution and discourage litigation, sometimes must “sue for peace.” Despite ... Read more

RRSP: It’s about more than just tax deferral
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By Dawn Marchand   March 1 is the deadline to make your 2016 Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) contribution, and while many people wait until the last minute, the most important thing is ... Read more

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to suck
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber  February. Valentine’s Day is around the corner. As is Family Day. For those who are separated or divorced, these two occasions can sometimes be a painful ... Read more

Absolute discharge in Greyhound bus case not 'out of the blue'
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 By Jacob Stilman  An innocent young man is killed on a Greyhound bus, in about the most gruesome fashion imaginable. There is no doubt as to who the perpetrator is, as dozens of bystanders ... Read more

Getting the most out of your first meeting with a family lawyer
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By Timothy N. Sullivan  Don’t worry so much about that first meeting For most people, engaging a lawyer is a big deal – and not something they do every day. So not only are there ... Read more

The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part II
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By Avi Dahary  Fact gathering In part one of this series, I provided an introduction to the position of estate executor, including basic principles to follow and implement. This post ... Read more

Would you choose to be a lawyer?
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By Kate Dewhirst  I was recently at an event with a “mixed group” – a mix of lawyers and non-lawyers. As we were introducing ourselves, a few of the lawyers seemed to ... Read more

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