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Review of civilian oversight of police positive, system in need of change

A review into civilian oversight of police in Ontario is long overdue because the system is “problematic” and in need of vast change, says Toronto ... Read more

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Regulatory settlement agreement not binding in subsequent civil action

Toronto professional negligence and liability lawyer Kim T. Duong says a recent Nova Scotia Superior Court decision denying a motion for summary judgment dealt with the ... Read more

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Sara Levine: a leader in the law around privacy and information

Vancouver privacy and information lawyer Sara Levine likes to know how things work. She wants to know how society functions beneath the surface. ... Read more

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Angelina & Brad — custody and access issue

By Angela Princewill  A major question on everyone’s mind following Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt is, what would happen with their six children? Angelina has asked for ... Read more

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Support increase not guaranteed when ex's income rises

Depending on how they pursued their joint economic interests, a spouse may be eligible to share in increases to their ex’s income after separation — but there is ... Read more

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Most clients see defence counsel 'doing their best to help'

Although there are still many questions as to the motive behind the recent shooting of a member of the criminal defence bar, Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen tells the ... Read more

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Lawyer shooting not likely to induce fear in criminal bar

The recent shooting of a defence lawyer in broad daylight is likely an isolated incident that should not concern other members of the legal profession, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Children's counsel role can prove damaging in divorce process

Where custody or access to children is contested, courts are directed to canvass the views of the affected children — but there are good reasons to proceed cautiously in ... Read more


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Nichols to argue for stay in case involving man shot by police
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A trial involving a man who was Tasered and shot four times by police returns in September to court where Toronto criminal lawyer Stacey Nichols will argue for a stay ... Read more

Invalid marriage incentive for potential beneficiaries to challenge will
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Couples married by an unlicensed officiant may need to go to court to validate their unions in order to minimize the risk of a challenge to their wills further down the line, says ... Read more

LSUC should settle contingency contract confusion
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A recent court ruling over the wording in a contingency fee contract between a lawyer and a client highlights a common issue and one the Law Society of Upper Canada should ... Read more

Assess risks before heading to trial in personal injury cases
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Taking a personal injury case to trial should generally only be seriously considered when all avenues to settle the claim have been explored, says North Vancouver personal injury ... Read more

Family law appeals are complex and require specialized experience
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Appeals in family law can be "incredibly complex," often dealing with children, support and property, says Toronto family lawyer Ryan Kniznik . Appellate court often ... Read more

Benmor working with OBA to create elder law section
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Toronto family law practitioner Steven Benmor is working with the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) in hopes of creating a new law section called “Elder Law." ... Read more

Criminal law and the hazards of the job: Gadhia
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TORONTO – A criminal defence lawyer who once worked on one of the biggest marijuana cases in Canadian history has been identified as the man wounded in a shooting in an ... Read more

OCA decision will have little impact on insurers' E&O coverage
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Toronto litigator Natalie Leon says a recent Court of Appeal case, which dealt with the professional liability insurance coverage of an engineer, is limited in its scope and ... Read more

Cognitive functioning key in 'incapacity to consent' cases: Neuberger
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A Superior Court judge has found a man not guilty of sexual assault after criminal lawyers Joseph Neuberger and Stacey Nichols extensively cross-examined all Crown witnesses ... Read more

Changes to OHSR could be onerous for construction companies
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Vancouver personal injury, workplace occupational health and safety, and employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth says some of the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and ... Read more

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Too young to plan?
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By Ian Hull  The death of a celebrity will sometimes cause the media to focus enquiry on estate planning. We recently blogged about the circumstances surrounding Prince’s ... Read more

Compliance with new harassment laws under the OHSA
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By Maria McDonald  On Sept. 8, 2016, significant amendments to the harassment provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) came into effect. See my previous blog . ... Read more

Seven tips for using SurveyMonkey to get client opinions
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By Jana Schilder Election polls, employee surveys, marketing research, and customer opinions all grapple with the same question: “What do you think?” ... Read more

Bad ‘crash’ reporting – why language matters
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By Patrick Brown  As a bike crash lawyer , I have seen far too many crashes that get unfairly reported when a vulnerable road user such as a cyclist or pedestrian is involved. There is a ... Read more

Authorship and software development: Andrews v. McHale
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By Mala Joshi  Recently, I presented this June 2016 Federal Court decision to the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario. The court considered whether a former ... Read more

Keep your kids out of it
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By Angela Princewill  We may not realize it, but children are more observant than they seem. When children start to see their parents fighting, it has a major impact on their mental health, as well ... Read more

Expert evidence in a personal injury case
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By Brian Goldfinger  Personal injury, long-term disability and car accident cases across Ontario are built upon evidence . Our legal system doesn’t play out in such a way as a plaintiff ... Read more

Protect the ones you love: buy additional auto insurance
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By John McLeish  Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have gutted accident benefits available to injured Ontario drivers and their families. The most dramatic cuts affect those who suffer serious ... Read more

Siblings pursue lawyer who drafted questionable will
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By Charles Ticker  A recent story published in the Santa Fe, New Mexican online reports of an estate dispute where siblings have alleged malpractice by the lawyer drafting their ... Read more

Could provincial courts be improved?
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By John Navarrete  For most people who are accused of committing a crime, the trial process is scary. Though a high percentage of these cases are heard in a provincial court—more than 95 ... Read more

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