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NEW Mandatory minimum exceptions not the answer: Friedberg

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

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Important for employers to ensure compliance with OHSA changes

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

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Contested custody disputes risky business for parents

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

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Keep children out of the middle of a divorce

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

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Found in translation: better access to Quebec decisions

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

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Judges unlikely to grant early divorce if issues unresolved

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

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Ask a lawyer: what is small claims court and when do I need one?

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


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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

Leanne Flett enjoys diverse litigation practice
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Toronto litigator Leanne Flett' s love affair with the courtroom could be described as a slow-burning romance. It certainly wasn't love at first sight, says Flett, who ... Read more

Online support tool best serves primary custody arrangements
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Ontario’s new online tool that allows families to set up enforceable child support arrangements or update court orders for child support uses modern ... Read more

Trustees should act in interest of estate or risk paying the price
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Toronto estate litigator Sean Lawler says the lesson learned from a recent Court of Appeal decision is that the court will be less inclined to protect an estate trustee who ... Read more

Why business owners should avoid divorce court
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The divorce court system is adversarial, expensive, time-consuming and open to the public — all reasons for family business owners to avoid it, says Toronto family ... Read more

Case confirms court unlikely to extend statutory lien rights
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While statutory lien rights usually give a holder extraordinary power over other creditors, they are subject to specific timelines — and as one recent decision shows, ... Read more

Voluntary disclosure best option for coming clean with CRA
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For Canadians who may be wondering how to go about disclosing their unreported income to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the good news is that the taxman has a specific ... Read more

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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

Bike and motorcycle accidents: a personal injury overview
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By Brian Goldfinger  When we get nicer weather in Ontario, people are more inclined to ride their motorcycles and bikes. The rules of the road and the way personal injury law works in Ontario for ... Read more

Developments in commercial arbitration in Canada
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By Earl Cherniak  After many years and much consultation, reform of commercial arbitration legislation, international and domestic, is underway across Canada. The existing acts, federal and ... Read more

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