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Adjudication process will expedite payments in construction sector

The introduction of an interim adjudication process to resolve payment disputes more efficiently is a welcome update to Ontario’s construction laws, Toronto commercial ... Read more

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Store originals with lawyers to avoid litigation over lost wills

A recent dispute over a lost will shows the value of storing the original in a lawyer’s vault, says Toronto estates litigator  Alexander Turner . The case involved ... Read more

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The dos and don’ts of buying a home

Purchasing a home is demanding and risky, especially for first-time buyers, so it pays to get good legal advice and follow some basic guidelines, says Edmonton real estate and ... Read more

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McLeish hopeful Sittings Project can relieve civil trial delays

Toronto critical injury lawyer  John McLeish  says he’s cautiously optimistic a pilot scheduling project could improve crippling delays in the civil justice ... Read more

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Government urged to fast-track licensing for experienced refugee drivers

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) should consider sworn affidavits in lieu of original documents from war-torn countries in order to get experienced drivers working ... Read more

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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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