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NEW Proposed law will boost health Colleges’ powers: Sunshine

TORONTO — Ontario has introduced legislation that would see doctors' licences revoked if they grope a patient. Currently a doctor's licence is revoked if they are found ... Read more

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Double-ended housing deals highlight need for reform

A recent CBC investigation that showed some real estate agents “double-ending” deals in an effort to boost their commissions points to the need for ... Read more

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Employers need to protect themselves with social media policies for staff

As people’s personal and professional worlds increasingly blend on social media, employers are well advised to create comprehensive policies to protect themselves from ... Read more

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What family health teams need to know about social media and the law

By Kate Dewhirst  On Dec. 3 the CBC reported that a nurse was found guilty of professional misconduct in Saskatchewan for personal comments she made on Facebook and Twitter about care ... Read more

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Questions remain over reliability of roadside marijuana testing

With the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada, lawmakers are currently grappling with the issue of how to deal with those who smoke, or ingest, and drive — and ... Read more

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Structured settlements favoured for reliability, tax treatment

For injured plaintiffs who have care needs that will stretch for years into the future, a structured settlement is almost a default option for the court, Toronto ... Read more

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How to hire the right social media specialist for your firm

By Samantha Collier  Social media is not free. Hiring a social media specialist is not cheap. You get what you pay for when it comes to selecting the professional or agency you work ... Read more


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Bill 84 proposes legislative changes to support medical assistance in dying
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Ontario's Bill 84, introduced Dec. 7, is a step towards the creation of a responsive framework for those who choose to provide or receive medical assistance in dying, ... Read more

Shulman Law Firm launches fourth annual toy drive
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For the fourth year in a row, Shulman Law Firm is collecting toys for the CP24 Chum Christmas Wish — an initiative that has a special place in the hearts of the firm's ... Read more

OCA certifies class action against accounting firm, citing lower courts’ errors
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After concluding that both the motion judge and the majority of the Divisional Court erred, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has certified a class-action lawsuit against an ... Read more

Law firms and the importance of the year-end planning process
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December is a good time for law firms to take a reflective look back at 2016 and start the planning process for the upcoming year, says Toronto legal management consultant Mark ... Read more

Customized personal care directives increasing in popularity
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Choosing a power of attorney (POA) for personal care helps to ensures someone's directives about their medical and personal needs are carried out by an ... Read more

SCC selection process and the question of bilingualism for indigenous people
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The government’s new Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) selection process should take into consideration that indigenous candidates are bilingual but the languages might not ... Read more

Ruling sets aside insider trading sanctions against adviser
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The Ontario Divisional Court has set aside sanctions imposed by an Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) panel against a former investment adviser alleged to have engaged in insider ... Read more

Instantaneous demands of email pushing workers over the edge
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The proliferation of email and social media is contributing to an “unsustainable” pace in many workplaces, leading to mentally distressed employees who may eventually ... Read more

Ideas can be protected with a marriage contract
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Lawyers can expect to be asked to include potentially valuable ideas as well as assets in marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements, says family lawyer Erica ... Read more

Shorter days, winter weather increase accident risk
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Motorists should slow down and drive carefully as Canada's wonky winter weather hits, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Victoria Boddy . Warm temperatures during ... Read more

Consider options ahead of 2017 changes to taxation of goodwill
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With changes related to the income tax treatment of goodwill set to come into force on Jan. 1, any business owner thinking about selling should consider a restructuring plan that ... Read more

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, except for employers
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By Inga Andriessen  Oh wait, isn’t the title of this week’s post the way that song goes? I suppose it’s not, but it could be. Ah, the holidays. Yes, all of them, not just ... Read more

Top 10 employment law stories of 2016
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By Doug MacLeod  The last page has turned on the calendar for 2016 so it is time for my top 10 employment law stories for the year. 1. Sexual harassment. The fallout from the Jian ... Read more

Building client relationships is like growing flowers
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By Jane Southren  I spent some time with a friend recently. She’s an avid gardener, but her own garden had fallen into a state of chaos. Looking out over her newly-landscaped gardens, it ... Read more

Independent contractor or employee? That is the question
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By Nicole Simes  Many companies hire contractors instead of employees. As we have written before , some advantages for contractors are paying less taxes and being able to claim more tax ... Read more

Privacy Commissioner can review exercises of discretion
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By Lonny Rosen  and Elyse Sunshine Earlier this year, in PHIPA Decision 25 , the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) denied the Ministry of ... Read more

What you need to know about recent land transfer tax changes
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By Timothy N. Sullivan  On Nov. 14, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced that home buyers will now get a $4,000 rebate on their land transfer tax (LTT) when purchasing ... Read more

Legality of evading toll and red light systems in Ontario
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By Nathan N. Baker  Under s. 191.3 of the Highway Traffic Act , you may not engage in any activity or use any device to evade, obstruct or interfere with an electronic toll system. A police ... Read more

Upcoming changes to the Ontario Land Transfer Tax Act
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag  Proposed changes to the Land Transfer Tax Act The Ontario government introduced Bill 70, Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016 (Bill ... Read more

More than $500,000 in legal costs for a family of modest means
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By Cathryn Paul  In the 2016 costs decision in the case of Jackson v. Mayerle , Justice Pazaratz of the Superior Court of Ontario makes stinging comments about the impact of high ... Read more

Retroactive child support and adult children
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By Andrew Feldstein  Brown v. Kucher , 2016 CarswellBC 1664 (B.C. C.A.): In this case, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed the mother’s appeal for retroactive child support ... Read more

Discriminatory wills and disinheritance
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By Ian Hull  How far can one’s discriminatory beliefs endure in regard to estate planning? We previously blogged about the Ontario case of Spence v. BMO Trust ... Read more

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