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NEW Ontario's segregation practices need immediate review

TORONTO — Vulnerable inmates are being put at risk due to Ontario's highly flawed system of segregation, the province's ombudsman said Thursday. In a hard-hitting report, ... Read more

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Personal injury cases affected by drug-impaired driving uncertainty

Questions remain about the drug-impaired driving regime now that the federal government has released its plan for the legalization of marijuana, says Ottawa ... Read more

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Stem cell therapy shows promise for paralyzed victims

New stem cell research is “a step in the right direction” for those suffering from spinal cord injuries, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Dale Orlando . A ... Read more

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Success of CRA crackdown on offshore tax evasion unclear

Although the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) claims the Panama Papers scandal has allowed it to showcase how the agency has changed its tactics, Canadian tax lawyer David J. ... Read more

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Forstner uses experience to help clients steer clear of justice system

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner draws on his lengthy experience in the justice system and his personal story of overcoming obstacles to help ... Read more

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Medical malpractice cases challenging, rewarding: Obradovich

Since he was called to the bar in 1981, Toronto personal injury lawyer Miles Obradovich has been practising civil litigation. “Appearing in court and arguing cases ... Read more

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Proposed marijuana laws take 'heavy-handed approach'

The government's messaging around the legalization of marijuana has so far emphasized criminality instead of personal freedom and the failure of prohibition, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Motorcycle safety series: post-winter safety

By Joseph Cescon and Bryan Sansom, articling student Once spring hits, the weather warms up and many motorcyclists are eager to get their bikes out of storage and hit the road for that ... Read more

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Dismissing a probationary employee

By Heather Hettiarachchi It is not uncommon for employment agreements to include a probationary clause. The rationale behind a probationary period is to enable the parties to determine whether a ... Read more

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Proposed law on roadside breath tests may be unconstitutional

A proposed law that would allow police to demand a breath test from a driver without needing a reasonable suspicion the individual has been drinking may be unconstitutional, ... Read more


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Hot real estate market can't always be cooled by legislation
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Politicians hoping to solve the Greater Toronto Area’s housing affordability crisis with legislation should proceed with caution, says Toronto real estate lawyer Peter ... Read more

Continued prosecution of pot offences 'massive waste of tax dollars'
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OTTAWA — The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety ... Read more

Adjusting parenting arrangements after a move
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Custody disputes arising after one parent moves away can be some of the most “intractable” conflicts often leading to arbitration or litigation, says Oakville ... Read more

Disagreements over money not necessarily constructive dismissal
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A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision upheld a lower court finding that not all disagreements over remuneration — even when the boss is wrong — constitute ... Read more

Bold colour palette reflects ‘fresh’ approach to corporate law
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The dramatic splashes of primary colours throughout Law Studio’s new website and office represent the firm’s “fresh” approach to corporate law and ... Read more

Shared vision unites Allen McDonald Swartz LLP and new partners
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The lawyers of boutique corporate law firm Allen McDonald Swartz LLP (AMS) say they have found kindred spirits in their new additions to the partnership. On April ... Read more

Demons of depression, addiction haunt many lawyers: Singer
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More needs to be done to tackle depression and substance abuse among lawyers, Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer writes in his first wellness column for The ... Read more

Exes must prove they aren't under-employed in support disputes
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Ex-spouses can’t intentionally change their employment situation to get out of paying child or spousal support, Toronto-area family lawyer Andrew Feldstein tells the ... Read more

Stay all marijuana charges before the courts pending new laws: Harnett
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Now that Ottawa has introduced legislation that, if passed, will allow Canadians to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett is calling for all ... Read more

Fewer catastrophically injured people to receive benefits
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Changes to the definitions of catastrophic injury in Ontario will make it more difficult for injured people to get some benefits — potentially having a major impact on ... Read more

Bail refusal highlights grounds to detain accused persons
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An Ontario’s judge’s decision to deny bail to the Canadian accused in the massive hack of Yahoo emails puts the spotlight on the grounds a court relies on to detain ... Read more

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Chronic pain injury compensation
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By Miles Obradovich Is chronic pain recognized by the courts? Unquestionably since 2003 chronic pain is a form of long-term disability entitled to injury compensation. At that time ... Read more

Can delivery of a gift precede intention?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In the recent decision of McKendry v. McKendry , the British Columbia Court of Appeal considered the elements of a valid inter vivos transfer of ... Read more

Five tips for finding a family lawyer that is the right fit
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By Sharon Silbert With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, with a ... Read more

What happens when a trustee's claim seems excessive?
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By Matthias Duensing There is no question that estate trustees are entitled to compensation for their work. But the amount they claim can be contentious. When a trustee’s ... Read more

Determination of income when a payor’s income fluctuates
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By Andrew Feldstein Quiquero v. Quiquero , 2016 ONSC 6696: This recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice provides guidance for lawyers and future courts with respect to the ... Read more

Federal budget falls short on innovation
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By Aaron Edgar The federal government's 2017 Budget puts a focus on bolstering innovation in Canada by proposing investments in “superclusters”, a new Strategic ... Read more

Is there such a thing as a ‘probationary period’ for employees?
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By Inga Andriessen Many people think they know a lot about employment law. Many people do. Many people know a little about employment law and get confused about its’ application to certain ... Read more

Global Talent Stream equals fast track work permit application
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By Angela Princewill The processing time of many Canadian work permits is set to be dramatically cut by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with the introduction of its ... Read more

How does solicitor/client privilege apply on testator’s death?
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By Ian Hull What happens to communications between a solicitor and a testator once the testator passes away? Can privilege be waived in order to determine the intentions of a testator? ... Read more

The pitfalls of pre-death transfers to estate beneficiaries
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By Alexander Turner In estate administrations, it is not uncommon for beneficiaries to receive substantial amounts of money, or property, from the deceased before death. This is ... Read more

‘Unplanned parenthood’ claim dismissed, woman awarded costs
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By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld the dismissal of a claim filed by a man who sued his former sexual partner after she became pregnant with his child. The ... Read more

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