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NEW Harnett to argue medical marijuana patient voices should be heard

Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett and other counsel will be arguing in the Superior Court of Justice on Monday for leave to intervene in a case where the City of Toronto is ... Read more

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Possession isn’t always 9/10ths of the law

A cross-border lawsuit against a Toronto gallery brought by the estate of a photographer over a collection of negatives casts a spotlight onto copyright law, says Toronto ... Read more

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LMIA recruitment rules toughened up

Employers seeking temporary foreign workers have new hoops to jump through after the federal government beefed up the requirements for a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment ... Read more

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Dewhirst gives back to legal profession as a coach

As both a coach and advisor for a new Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) program, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst loves the interaction with fellow lawyers and helping them ... Read more

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Party hosts not liable for guest's fall

A recent decision shows homeowners shouldn’t be treated like insurance companies when a person injures themselves on their property, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer ... Read more

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Daya pours heart, soul into personal injury practice

When Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya was 12, she told her parents she wanted to be a lawyer. They were horrified. Immigrants of Indian descent who came to ... Read more

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Nothing is anonymous when it comes to email

By John De Vellis It's a common scenario in condominium corporations: during a dispute, anonymous email accounts or Facebook pages begin spreading rumours and making false accusations against ... Read more

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Strategies maximize chance of settlement in wrongful dismissal cases

When it comes to wrongful dismissals — the most common of non-unionized workplace disputes — there are a number of approaches that may better maximize settlement ... Read more

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Intent to disobey No U-turn sign more important than turning method

The lack of a clear definition of a U-turn or a three-point turn in Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act is intentional, in order to allow for a liberal interpretation of a ... Read more


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

Waddell to seek leave to appeal in proposed class action
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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

Paradise lost: underutilizing tech is a competitive disadvantage
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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

The rise of telemedicine and the regulatory regimes that govern it
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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

Demystifying impending employment regulations
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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

Program to bring gay Chechens to Canada humanitarian effort
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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

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

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

Back to school: tips for drivers
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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

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

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

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