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Unique lawsuit deals with trauma of witnessing crime in jail

A lawsuit filed by six prisoners against the province of Ontario is a unique case that may be one of the first in Canada to seek damages for the trauma of witnessing crime in a ... Read more

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Former chief justice right on sexual assault cases

The Supreme Court of Canada’s former chief justice Beverley McLachlin was right to stress the rights of accused to a fair trial in sexual assault cases during a recent ... Read more

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Violence against health-care workers a growing problem

With incidents of violence against health-care workers by patients and their families seemingly on the rise, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman says it’s critical for ... Read more

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Law change minimizes effect of PPSA naming errors

An amendment to Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) will give comfort to car financiers and lessors who accidentally misidentify debtors, says Toronto ... Read more

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New construction laws a boon for industry: Vickerman

Recent changes to Ontario’s construction laws — including a new interim adjudication process to resolve payment disputes and the implementation of prompt payment rules ... Read more

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Employers need to understand new obligations under Bill 148

Employers will have to update their employment contracts to keep pace with the changes that accompany the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act , Toronto labour and employment lawyer ... Read more

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Ontario sexual assault cases to get outside review

By John Navarrete Certain criminal cases will soon be reviewed by an independent body. Sexual assault cases in various areas of Ontario and in Calgary, Alberta, will be reviewed by a panel ... Read more


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Inquiry into racial profiling, discrimination a welcome move
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TORONTO — Decades of complaints about racial profiling and discrimination by police officers in Canada's most populous city have prompted a wide-ranging inquiry by Ontario's ... Read more

B.C. follows Ontario's lead on family exclusion
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The British Columbia Court of Appeal’s interpretation of a family member exclusion clarifies the law in that province, but not to the benefit of policyholders, says ... Read more

Mediation, counselling help parents stay on track
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When a marriage ends and emotions are running high, co-parenting counselling and mediation can help families keep the focus on the kids, not the conflict, says Toronto family ... Read more

Bill 148 could inhibit job growth
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Ontario’s new workplace law may have the unintended consequence of reducing employment, Hamilton employment lawyer Jennifer Zdriluk tells The Lawyer's Daily . As the ... Read more

Lawyer faces uphill task in malicious prosecution action against law society
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An Ontario lawyer faces an uphill battle to win his malicious prosecution and defamation action against the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Toronto commercial litigator and ... Read more

Digital asset planning a must in modern estates
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As a person’s digital assets become increasingly complex, it’s important to include updated estate instructions around them, particularly if a child with special needs ... Read more

Equal shared parenting would level playing field
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A private members bill that would establish equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes would help even the playing field — especially for fathers, ... Read more

Making electronic discovery work: Rudner
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When it comes to making electronic discovery work in litigation, it’s important for both sides to consult with one another early on in the process, Toronto-area employment ... Read more

SCC ruling a 'refreshing reset to search law'
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OTTAWA — Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court ... Read more

Choosing experts in a personal injury case
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To ensure the best chance of litigation success, it’s important for plaintiff counsel to choose the most effective experts to provide evidence in the case, says Toronto ... Read more

Mine, yours, ours: legal contracts and relationships
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While it may not be romantic to consider a breakup at the start of a relationship, doing so can save a great deal of heartache down the road, Toronto family lawyer Reesa Heft ... Read more

More room for improvement following franchise law changes
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Toronto franchise lawyer Joseph Adler says franchisors will be relieved by legislative amendments that allow them to enter confidentiality agreements with prospective ... Read more

How to build a mediation practice
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Toronto mediator Bernard Morrow says practitioners making a start in the profession face a tough task to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. Morrow, the ... Read more

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Englit prof to lawyer: a trip to Wonderland
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By Gary Botting Having worked as a professor of English literature and drama for 20 years before attending law school, I naively peppered my early legal arguments in court with references to ... Read more

Top 10 employment law developments in 2017
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By Doug MacLeod In 2017, the provincial legislature and Ontario judges continued to change Ontario’s employment laws. These changes resulted in higher payroll costs and a more regulated ... Read more

Discuss estate planning during holiday get-togethers
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By Matthias Duensing With the holidays fast approaching, families are no doubt planning their festivities. Having multiple generations under one roof is cause for joyous celebration. But ... Read more

‘Tis the season to be fired
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By Bram Lecker Everyone is imbued with the holiday spirit this time of year. Everyone it seems, except large corporate employers. In our experience during the festive season, precisely six ... Read more

Court upholds cohabitation agreement waiving spousal support
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By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a cohabitation agreement that a woman signed decades ago without obtaining independent legal advice, finding no reason to overturn the ... Read more

Bill 148: new changes to workplace legislation
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By Christopher Achkar Employment and labour law change dynamically through case law and legislation, and recent reforms within Ontario have taken employers by storm. These changes entitle employees ... Read more

Caregiver loses battle with son of elderly client
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By Charles Ticker Caregiver accused of influencing loses court battle A recent story I found online from Auckland, New Zealand is an example of the kind of scenario that is becoming more ... Read more

Same game, new rules: changes to Ontario's workplace laws
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By Paul Willetts Last month, the provincial government passed into law Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 . This Act brings with it significant changes to employment law ... Read more

When and why courts order shared parenting
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By Andrew Feldstein This case involves the parents of a three-year-old child and deals with the contested interim parenting arrangement. Specifically, the judge of the Ontario Superior Court of ... Read more

New year, new AODA rules — is your business accessible?
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By Mitchell Rose January 1 , 2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). If you are not familiar with AODA, ... Read more

Surviving the holidays after divorce
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By Leanne Townsend The holiday season is always a tough time during a divorce and for the first few years after. It serves as a reminder of happier family times and also puts enormous stress on ... Read more

Started from the bottom, now I’m here
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By Inga Andriessen I’m fortunate that as part of my career I have the opportunity to mentor students, beginning at the high school level and carrying on to lawyers about to be called to ... Read more

Health college not appropriate forum to resolve business dispute
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In a recent case , the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (Committee) of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (the College) took no ... Read more

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