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NEW Thousands of messages between Ghomeshi complainants 'worrisome:' Harnett

TORONTO – Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is hearing that two of the complainants who testified against the disgraced broadcaster discussed the allegations in thousands ... Read more

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Employment Act should be backed by education, enforcement: MacLeod

The results of an inspection blitz that found three-quarters of Ontario employers were violating the Employment Standards Act isn’t unexpected, says Toronto employment ... Read more

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Grandparents have no special right to access

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision underscores how grandparents have no right to see a grandchild, says Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy ... Read more

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Parents of child who died in daycare welcome guilty verdict

A guilty verdict for three people who ran an overcrowded daycare where a two-year-old girl died in 2013 is welcome, but it comes too late, Toronto lawyer Patrick Brown tells the ... Read more

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'Duty of care' rulings may change CRA treatment of taxpayers

A pair of recent court decisions that confirm the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) owes a legal duty of care to Canadians may change the way in which the agency handles taxpayers ... Read more

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Rise above emotions when negotiating

As the interaction between emotion and reason is rooted in the structure of the brain, trying to put a lid on your emotions likely isn’t the best way to arrive at a complex ... Read more

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Understand Canadian laws before engaging in surrogacy

Because of its high-quality healthcare services, proximity to the United States, and LGBT-friendly laws and attitudes, many people are considering Canada for surrogacy ... Read more

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When gaming and marketing mesh

By Asha Soares  Last week I sat down to play an intense game of Terra Mystica . For those of you who don’t know it, Terra Mystica is a highly strategic, territory control game, ... Read more


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Charges stayed against Neuberger's client
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A two-and-half-year odyssey through the criminal justice system came to an end for a father of two as the Crown stayed historical assault and sexual assault allegations just prior ... Read more

Good reason not to question complainant about allegations: Presser
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TORONTO – Jian Ghomeshi's defence lawyer is grilling `` Trailer Park Boys '' actress Lucy DeCoutere about a series of emails and a raunchy photo she sent to the disgraced ... Read more

Acquittal points to need for more concussion study
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A case involving a former OHL player who appeared impaired at the scene of a crash, but was later acquitted because of a post-concussion disorder, demonstrates the importance of ... Read more

Federal committee refusing to hear all sides in assisted dying law: Scher
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A joint parliamentary committee on assisted suicide is refusing to hear from leading experts on the need for effective oversight to protect Canadians, says Toronto human ... Read more

'Lost income' part of award payable to bankruptcy trustee
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If a plaintiff is an undischarged bankrupt during a tort personal injury action, you will be required to obtain a release from their trustee in bankruptcy before disbursing ... Read more

Detailed notes can be an executor's best friend
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It can be overwhelming to be appointed as an executor as there are a number duties and responsibilities involved, says wills and estates lawyer and mediator Lynne Butler . ... Read more

Expert evidence rules should be relaxed in summary judgment motions
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Courts should take a more liberal approach to the rules regarding submission of expert evidence on summary judgment motions so that parties aren't discouraged from using the ... Read more

Reform needed for use of 'chronic pain syndrome' in the legal context
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There are many misconceptions around the label “chronic pain syndrome” and it’s commonly being used inappropriately in the legal context of litigation and other ... Read more

Perjury charges for officers signals that no one above the law
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The fact that four Toronto police officers have been charged with obstruction of justice and perjury signals that no one is above the law and that allegations of misleading the ... Read more

Rigorous testing of evidence vital in sex assault trials
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Amid the onslaught of media coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial, there are already worrying signs that the public is being given the wrong impression of the process by which ... Read more

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Atticus Finch battles on
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By AJ Jakubowska  Let's admit it: in the eyes of the public, lawyers in general are still in a tight competition with used car salesmen, at the bottom of the public opinion trough. I ... Read more

Draft legislation introduced to amend Income Tax Act
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By Ian Hull  A couple of months ago, I blogged about a letter from the Department of Finance in which it addressed concerns regarding amendments to the Income Tax ... Read more

Supreme Court rules on securities class action limitations
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By Brian Radnoff  In Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60 ( Green ), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled on the limitation periods for securities class ... Read more

Ontario’s proposed sexual harassment law
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By Doug MacLeod  On Oct. 27, 2015, the Ontario government tabled its Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Bill 132), which, among other things, amends ... Read more

Complainant's credibility under the microscope at Ghomeshi trial: Presser
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By Jill Presser  Defence counsel Marie Henein has embarked on a full-scale challenge to the first complainant’s credibility in the Jian Ghomeshi trial. She took the stand on day one ... Read more

Attorneyship, guardianship accounts and separating between capital and revenue transactions
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By Avi Dahary  Periodically, I am asked to comment on attorneyship or guardianship accounts that were prepared by someone else for court-passing and in some cases the first observation I have ... Read more

Henson trust – advantages and disadvantages
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By Ian Hull  The “Henson trust” is a type of trust often used in estate planning to deal with situations where there is a disabled beneficiary who is entitled to receive support ... Read more

Understanding the legal framework surrounding digital assets
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By Matthias Duensing  The CBC recently reported that Apple demanded that a 72-year-old Victoria widow obtain a court order to retrieve her deceased husband’s password for his Apple ID ... Read more

Discussion surrounding the legalization of marijuana
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By Richard J. Aitken  and Jordan Tekenos-Levy With a lengthy campaign promoting, amongst many things, the legalization of marijuana, Justin Trudeau is poised to make strides towards a ... Read more

File applications quickly to avoid losing patent rights
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By Aaron Edgar  In our last article, " Risky for lawyers to suggest clients wait to file patents ," we discussed the dangers of waiting to file for patent protection and how a “public ... Read more

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