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Bail, probation and parole systems in need of overhaul: Goldlist

Canada’s bail, probation and parole systems are keeping vulnerable offenders trapped in a revolving door, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist . “The ... Read more

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Waddell to seek leave to appeal in proposed class action

The plaintiffs involved in a proposed class action that alleges negligence manufacture and a failure to warn of defective implantable cardiac defibrillators will request leave to ... Read more

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Paradise lost: underutilizing tech is a competitive disadvantage

The legal profession has been known to lag behind other industries when it comes to adopting technology, and even those firms that have invested in digital solutions are missing ... Read more

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The rise of telemedicine and the regulatory regimes that govern it

With the growth of telemedicine, hospitals and other health-care organizations should have policies in place to outline how best to use it to ensure they meet their regulatory ... Read more

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Demystifying impending employment regulations

There's been a raft of recent proposed changes to Ontario's labour and employment regulations, but Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod says the good news is that compliance ... Read more

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Program to bring gay Chechens to Canada humanitarian effort

Although it isn't clear whether a Canadian program that secretly brought a number of gay Chechens to Canada is considered a refugee effort by definition, if the goal of the ... Read more

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Back to school: tips for drivers

By Joseph Cescon and William Harding A new school year is upon us, a very exciting time for both children and their parents. While this is a happy time of year, it is important that drivers ... Read more

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I am not a tax cheat and neither are our clients!

By Inga Andriessen Our firm is a professional corporation. The Canadian government has declared we are therefore tax cheats. I disagree. Many of our clients are also professional corporations ... Read more


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Winkler successful in landmark media libel case
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A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling of criminal contempt resulted in a newspaper publisher being sentenced to 21 days in jail and levied with one of the highest damages awards ... Read more

Canada has no legislative responsibility to rescue citizens abroad
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Complaints that the federal government didn’t react fast enough to get Canadians out of the Caribbean when Hurricane Irma hit highlight a misconception about Ottawa’s ... Read more

Getting legal documents in order gives seniors peace of mind
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With an aging population, it’s important to get your legal documents in order — and the earlier, the better, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo . ... Read more

Include a termination clause in employment agreements: Achkar
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Ontario employers should present all new hires with a solid employment contract that includes an enforceable termination clause to protect themselves from costly payouts if the ... Read more

Deference needs to be given to juries in personal injury cases
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Although juries are understood to be the “great equalizers” and the community’s guide to what is just, to those peering in it appears that the appellate courts ... Read more

Ruling on mitigation alters legal landscape
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Although the duty to mitigate and the deductibility of mitigation earnings are central to employment law, the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision not to deduct any ... Read more

Cell searches a serious privacy intrusion
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OTTAWA — Canadians should be ``very concerned'' about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar ... Read more

Lack of costs at LAT hampering some claimants
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The lack of costs awards at the Licence Appeals Tribunal (LAT) may scare some injured individuals from fully pursuing deserving claims, says Toronto critical injury lawyer John ... Read more

Religion and divorce: the influence of scripture
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For people of religious faith, marriage and divorce have a deep spiritual dimension that can have a dramatic impact on people’s lives, says Toronto family law specialist ... Read more

Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons
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A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling calls on judges and justices of the peace to provide explanations about how they reached a decision in a bail hearing, says Oshawa ... Read more

'Textalyzer' would be a privacy invasion for drivers
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Privacy concerns will hamper the development of a Canadian “textalyzer” that shows police if a driver’s cellphone was recently in use, says Windsor personal ... Read more

Acting in ‘good faith’ vital when dismissing probationary employees
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Companies should consider including a contractual clause that outlines termination during a worker's probationary period in light of a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling, says ... Read more

Crackdown on employee misclassification problematic for some firms
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Proposed employment law changes recently introduced by the Ontario government should give organizations that use the services of contract employees cause for concern, Markham, ... Read more

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Jurisdiction for spousal support order (alimony)
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By Angela Princewill When seeking an order for spousal support (alimony as it is sometimes referred to), it is important to know in what court you will be asking for the relief. For example, ... Read more

School zone safety: education and awareness
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By Salvatore Shaw and Joe Gaynor As summer finally comes to an end, children are heading back to school. It is important that they are able to do so safely. School zones can be chaotic and very busy with ... Read more

Employment Insurance documents – understanding your ROE
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By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner Employment Insurance documents – your Record of Employment (ROE) In the event of a job loss, look out for your Record of Employment. Your employer ... Read more

Fingerprints taken as a youth – can they be used against me?
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By Aliki Yorgiadis The short is answer is yes. When can they be used against you? The long answer is to look at s. 119(2) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). This section outlines ... Read more

Do you know how to apologize?
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By Kate Dewhirst A note popped into my inbox this morning from Michael Hyatt, who is an extraordinary business coach. The topic is “The anatomy of a true apology.” I am working ... Read more

Personal health information breaches: prevention, quick responses key
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By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine Canada has several laws in place to protect individuals’ private information, including personal health data. When a person’s privacy is breached, ... Read more

How retirement impacts spousal support
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By Andrew Feldstein This case demonstrates how courts determine spousal support obligations in light of retirement. Ultimately, the appeal judge significantly reduced a doctor’s spousal ... Read more

Considering a medical malpractice suit? Here’s what you need to know
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By Patrick Brown and Joe Gaynor Medical malpractice occurs through the negligence of a healthcare professional. These professionals include, but are not limited to, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, ... Read more

Culture shift in bail court?
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By Kristin Bailey A limited pilot project in two Ontario courts has begun. Judges will now sit in bail court in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa and in College Park in Toronto. The ... Read more

Duelling siblings, a heartbroken mother and undue influence
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By Matthias Duensing Money, power and suspicion. In a recent case , the Ontario Court of Appeal has hopefully put an end to a sibling rivalry that, in the words of the court, lost sight of the ... Read more

FATCA: information for U.S citizens living in Canada
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By Alexey Manasuev What is FATCA? The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted as a part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (the HIRE Act) on March 18, 2010. ... Read more

Mirror wills vs. mutual wills – different documents, purposes
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By Ian Hull Don’t let the similar sounding names fool you – while there are some similarities between “mirror wills” and “mutual wills,” there’s ... Read more

Mitigating insider threats – is your organization doing enough?
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By Ryan Duquette I recently had a chat with a friend who is fairly senior in a large, well-known software company. Someone in the company was being fired for cause, and my friend and ... Read more

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