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SCC creates more conflict in international custody cases

The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) new guidelines for international child custody cases will prompt more litigation and conflict in Hague Convention matters, Ottawa family ... Read more

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New EU data protection law to impact Canadian businesses

The European Union’s new rules for data protection that come into force on May 25 will have far-reaching implications for Canadian companies, both large and small, Toronto ... Read more

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Recommendations for conducting unbiased workplace investigations

An organization that decides to conduct an internal investigation when a harassment complaint is lodged by an employee must ensure that it’s carried out by unbiased, trained ... Read more

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Open source intelligence going mainstream: Duquette

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) gathering is going mainstream, says Ryan Duquette , principal of Oakville-based Hexigent Consulting . While much of Hexigent’s work ... Read more

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Mindset barriers to software adoption

This is part one of a two-part series where Korbitec president Alan Bass explores some of the myths and common hurdles lawyers and law firms face when considering new technology. ... Read more

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Spousal support axed after lack of self-sufficiency

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision terminating a woman’s spousal support after more than two decades is a reminder that there is an obligation to attempt to become ... Read more

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It's time to expand mandatory mediation in civil litigation

After almost 20 years operating in just three jurisdictions, it’s time to expand Ontario’s mandatory mediation program across the province, Toronto mediator Victoria ... Read more

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When a motion to change to vary child support is successful

By Andrew Feldstein After eight years of marriage and two children, the parties separated in February 2004 . The parties entered into a separation agreement that included a shared custody ... Read more


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Cohabitation agreements limit exposure to property claims
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In Ontario, living in a common-law relationship is not the same as being married, so if a couple ends up separating, a completely different set of rules apply when it comes to ... Read more

Determining value, share of corporate trust can get messy
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Asset-valuation and equalization of corporate trusts in family law matters is a complex and growing area of practice, Toronto corporate lawyer Marlin Horst tells ... Read more

Insurance trusts control timing, use of funds upon death
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An insurance trust is a good mechanism for controlling the use and timing of life insurance proceeds following the death of the insured, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa ... Read more

Calculating the ROI of eDiscovery tools
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Lawyers who have been slow to embrace eDiscovery technology tend to focus on the upfront cost while ignoring the considerable savings that come as the process progresses, says ... Read more

Daudlin embraces challenges of family law
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Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Daudlin loves a challenge in both her professional and private lives. The lifelong athlete persevered through a series of debilitating ... Read more

Public consultation welcome in LCO class-action review
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Twenty-five years after the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act , 1992 (CPA), the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has recognized that a lack of empirical data on class ... Read more

Exploiting vulnerable workers won't be tolerated
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While the average awards for cases before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) range from $10,000 to $15,000, two recent decisions involving sexual assault and harassment ... Read more

Taking workplace sexual harassment complaints to HR
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A company’s human resources (HR) department should ensure its “culture and climate” help would-be complainants feel comfortable coming forward with allegations ... Read more

Bill C-75 problematic with many 'wrong-headed' reforms: Rosen
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The federal government’s wide-ranging package of criminal justice reforms in Bill C-75 is fraught with serious problems that will do more harm than good, says Toronto ... Read more

Canada should welcome skilled 'Dreamers'
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Canada should invite those facing deportation from the United States following the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to immigrate here, ... Read more

Wrongful death claims: a guide for families
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Family members who have lost a loved one through the negligence of another person need to be aware that they can bring a wrongful death claim for damages under Ontario’s ... Read more

Estate talk awkward but necessary: Aulis
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Broaching the “estate talk" with a reluctant older family member is awkward but necessary for younger relatives, Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Patrick J. Aulis tells ... Read more

Bylaw helps condos crack down on short-term rentals
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The City of Toronto’s move to regulate short-term rentals is good news for condo boards that want to crack down on such use by unit owners, says Toronto condominium and ... Read more

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Termination clause upheld by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in recent case
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By Doug MacLeod Recently, Ontario’s Court of Appeal concluded in this case that the following termination clause was legally enforceable and that the terminated employee who had been ... Read more

Sperm donor who donated to lesbian couple denied parental rights
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By Lisa Gelman A recent decision by an appeal court in New York state has denied a sperm donor’s request to have a paternity test in order to be recognized as a child’s legal ... Read more

Accident in the U.S.? Do you need more auto insurance?
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By David Hollingsworth The last thing you need is an accident in the U.S. For those who are lucky enough to have a springtime getaway planned, this means you may be embarking on a family road trip ... Read more

How NOT to work with your employment lawyer
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By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Our goal is to provide our clients with sound advice and zealously advocate on their behalf. Presumably, that is why they retain us. Yet it is often ... Read more

Make it your year for ‘best picture’ critical thinking
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By Ian Hull Do you ever wonder how your emotions impact your decision-making? Or more specifically, how many sub-optimal decisions you make based on emotion? We get caught up in the ... Read more

IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information
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By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for disposing of electronic media . These guidelines explain what it means to take ... Read more

Disruption’s early warning signs
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By Alan Bass and Michael Sauber Alternative legal services are here. The only question is how quickly they will become the new norm. Lawyers should be aware of what signs to track and how ... Read more

Using psychology to turn leads into clients
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By Tom Ball Understanding the way people think is the key to persuasion. There are many mental triggers that can be influential when trying to get someone to think like you or, in this ... Read more

The two parts of R. v. Gladue
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By Kristin Bailey We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court of Canada almost ... Read more

CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice
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By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy, Practice Management Considerations for Physicians ... Read more

Such a law office: Shuber
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber A friend stopped by my office this morning between meetings. I gave her a quick tour of the larger firm and also brought her to see my office. Her observation on leaving? ... Read more

The ultimate 'selfie': video record your health care wishes
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag In an ideal situation, if you suffer a health crisis, you’ll be able to communicate your health care preferences directly to your doctors or hospital staff. But if ... Read more

Pay equity: addressing the gender wage gap
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By Bram Lecker April 10, 2018, is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. It symbolizes the extra days women have to work into the new year to earn what men made the previous year. This date differs each ... Read more

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