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Unique lawsuit deals with trauma of witnessing crime in jail

A lawsuit filed by six prisoners against the province of Ontario is a unique case that may be one of the first in Canada to seek damages for the trauma of witnessing crime in ... Read more

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Former chief justice right on sexual assault cases

The Supreme Court of Canada’s former chief justice Beverley McLachlin was right to stress the rights of accused to a fair trial in sexual assault cases during a recent ... Read more

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Violence against health-care workers a growing problem

With incidents of violence against health-care workers by patients and their families seemingly on the rise, Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  says it’s ... Read more

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Law change minimizes effect of PPSA naming errors

An amendment to Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act  (PPSA) will give comfort to car financiers and lessors who accidentally misidentify debtors, says Toronto ... Read more

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New construction laws a boon for industry: Vickerman

Recent changes to Ontario’s construction laws — including a new interim adjudication process to resolve payment disputes and the implementation of prompt payment ... Read more

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Employers need to understand new obligations under Bill 148

Employers will have to update their employment contracts to keep pace with the changes that accompany the  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act , Toronto labour and employment ... Read more

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Inquiry into racial profiling, discrimination a welcome move

TORONTO — Decades of complaints about racial profiling and discrimination by police officers in Canada's most populous city have prompted a wide-ranging inquiry by Ontario's ... Read more

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B.C. follows Ontario's lead on family exclusion

The British Columbia Court of Appeal’s interpretation of a family member exclusion clarifies the law in that province, but not to ... Read more

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Mediation, counselling help parents stay on track

When a marriage ends and emotions are running high, co-parenting counselling and mediation can help families keep the focus on the kids, not the conflict, says Toronto family ... Read more

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Bill 148 could inhibit job growth

Ontario’s new workplace law may have the unintended consequence of reducing employment, Hamilton employment lawyer  Jennifer Zdriluk tells  The Lawyer's ... Read more

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Lawyer faces uphill task in malicious prosecution action against law society

An Ontario lawyer faces an uphill battle to win his malicious prosecution and defamation action against the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), Toronto commercial litigator and ... Read more

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Digital asset planning a must in modern estates

As a person’s digital assets become increasingly complex, it’s important to include updated estate instructions around them, particularly if a child with special needs ... Read more

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Equal shared parenting would level playing field

A private members bill that would establish equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes would help even the playing field — especially for ... Read more

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Making electronic discovery work: Rudner

When it comes to making electronic discovery work in litigation, it’s important for both sides to consult with one another early on in the process, Toronto-area employment ... Read more

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SCC ruling a 'refreshing reset to search law'

OTTAWA — Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court ... Read more

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Choosing experts in a personal injury case

To ensure the best chance of litigation success, it’s important for plaintiff counsel to choose the most effective experts to provide evidence in the case, says Toronto ... Read more

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Mine, yours, ours: legal contracts and relationships

While it may not be romantic to consider a breakup at the start of a relationship, doing so can save a great deal of heartache down the road, Toronto family lawyer Reesa ... Read more

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More room for improvement following franchise law changes

Toronto franchise lawyer  Joseph Adler says franchisors will be relieved by legislative amendments that allow them to enter confidentiality agreements with prospective ... Read more

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How to build a mediation practice

Toronto mediator  Bernard Morrow  says practitioners making a start in the profession face a tough task to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. Morrow, ... Read more

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Language rights pilot should be expanded provincewide

An Ottawa pilot project that improved the communication of language rights in civil and criminal matters should be expanded provincewide, Brampton lawyer-linguist  Suzanne ... Read more

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