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Nude photos, other irrelevant material only inflame tensions

A recent child-custody case involving a father who submitted nude photos of his former partner to try to prove she’s a bad parent serves as a reminder for all parties to be ... Read more

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Docs reviewing medical files without seeing patients is appropriate

It’s appropriate and effective practice for independent physicians to review medical files without examining the patients for the Ontario’s workers' compensation ... Read more

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Right to gay marriage includes the right to divorce

As gay pride events unfold across the country this summer, same-sex couples may not only be celebrating their right to marry, but also their right to divorce, says Toronto family ... Read more

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Ontario Court of Appeal sticks estate litigants with the tab

A decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal declining to award legal costs to litigants in an estate dispute is a cautionary tale for squabbling families, says Toronto estate ... Read more

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Neil Weinstein upholds the Charter in passionate criminal practice

Ottawa criminal lawyer Neil Weinstein has worked for more than two decades to uphold the Charter in a practice that aims to ensure law enforcement doesn't misuse its ... Read more

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Boost referrals by enhancing professional reputation

Most lawyers are aware of the value referrals can bring to a practice — but many may not know that even people they have never met can be a key source of work, Toronto legal ... Read more

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Toronto sees increase in impaired driving charges

By John Navarrete  It is fair to say that most drivers are aware that drunk driving is against the law. Law enforcement officers and other entities often run campaigns to keep residents of the ... Read more


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NEW Forcillo sentencing raised challenging issues: Manishen
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TORONTO – A Toronto police officer who gunned down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust in law ... Read more

Doctors must be sensitive to ‘growing’ trend
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A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on women’s pubic hair grooming highlights a health issue that ... Read more

Nixing time limits a 'small victory' for sex assault survivors
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Ontario's decision to eliminate time limits for launching sexual assault lawsuits is overdue and marks “a small victory for survivors,” says Ottawa ... Read more

Amicable divorce is possible with the right supports
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Ensuring separating spouses have the right emotional tools and supports early in the divorce process can help achieve better outcomes for the whole family, says Oakville family ... Read more

Contracts for probationary employees are enforceable
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A recent Divisional Court decision that quashed a lower court ruling awarding damages to a man who was terminated during his probationary period is a reminder that employees can ... Read more

Litigating skills more crucial to success than advanced degree
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Although some lawyers are choosing to pursue advanced degrees in order to gain an advantage over the competition, Toronto family lawyer and civil litigator Jenny Bogod ... Read more

OCA vindicates woman who suffered from PTSD, domestic abuse
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Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman says the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has vindicated a woman he represented at trial, acquitting her of all drug charges after ... Read more

Employers can only ban tattoos, dyed hair within reason
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Employers who want to ban their employees from showing their tattoos or wearing piercings and unusual hair colour must have a valid business reason for doing so, says Toronto ... Read more

'Domicile of origin' can be key to recognizing foreign divorce
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As long as you have proper documents and proof of your connection to the country where the divorce took place, there should be no difficulty having a ... Read more

Trustee duties extend to relational, financial issues
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For trustees, the ability to manage a trust’s tax and investment needs is vital – but a focus on relational issues among stakeholders is also key to effectively ... Read more

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Physical assault and Trans slurs compensated with only $15,000
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By Nicole Simes  Unlike several U.S. states, in Ontario, individuals may use the washroom of their gender identity, not biology. Despite this protection, transgendered Ontarians continue to ... Read more

FINTRAC rethinks its AMP calculation policies
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By J. Bruce McMeekin  Following the findings of the Federal Court of Appeal in Canada v. Kabul Farms in May, FINTRAC is undertaking an internal review of its administrative monetary penalty ... Read more

A family gift or a loan?
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By Andrew Feldstein  Barber v. Magee , 2015 ONSC 8054 : This case presents a cautionary tale for inter-family transfers of monies and the necessity of careful documentation of familial loans by ... Read more

Creating the most accurate legal record
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By Kim Neeson  Undertaking. Advisement. Refusal. These are three oh-so-simple words that lawyers expect to see plainly laid out in their discovery or cross-examination transcripts. But when ... Read more

Access to justice in the business law context
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By Inga Andriessen  A few weeks ago the newspapers were buzzing with the decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Nordheimer to halt criminal charges against an individual until Legal Aid paid the ... Read more

The impact of counterfeit goods
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By Steven Rayson  The counterfeiting industry has expanded greatly in recent years in terms of the range of counterfeit products that are now available. These include, among other things: ... Read more

Inspecting property held by an estate
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By Ian Hull  One of the primary duties of an estate trustee is to ascertain the assets of the estate. Sometimes, at the time of death, property of another person may be left at the ... Read more

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Aslan
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By Najma Rashid  An April 13, 2016 decision by Justice Charles T. Hackland in Ottawa has provided further guidance on the notice requirements before an insurer can perform a s.33 examination ... Read more

Auto insurance changes: what you need to know
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By Alison Burrison  A couple of weeks ago I was asked to speak on the radio talk show What She Said , hosted by Christine Bentley and Kate Wheeler, about the recent changes to auto insurance ... Read more

What to expect if charged with voyeurism
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By Stacey Nichols  In a recent post we wrote about the “he said, she said” nature of some sexual assault cases. These are not the only types of sex crimes that can be difficult to ... Read more

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