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Independent legal advice – what is it and why have it?

By Inga Andriessen Ah, independent legal advice (ILA). That throwaway line in many agreements where people sign saying they have had an opportunity to have it, but have ... Read more

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Employer obligations: pregnancy and parental leaves

By Doug MacLeod We often get calls from employers asking about their rights and obligations toward employees seeking pregnancy and parental leaves. Applicable legislation ... Read more

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Supreme Court 'Equusteks' it to online trademark infringers

By John Simpson This post concerns one of the two recent landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada concerning territorial commercial interests on the borderless ... Read more

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Elder abuse under the guise of a POA is all too common

By Lisa Laredo While awareness of elder abuse is on the rise, sadly, its prevalence is not falling. Spotting this kind of abuse is not all that easy though, because neglect ... Read more

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Defensive tactics to defend against an unsolicited take-over bid

By Cameron MacCarthy and Joe Rattan Recent changes  to Canadian securities laws (as of May 2016) have created longer time frames and higher tender bid thresholds, ... Read more

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Sunstroke prevention and treatment

By Joseph Cescon  and Monica Khosravi, summer student You’re soaking up the sun and playing your favourite outdoor sport on a hot afternoon in July. You start to ... Read more

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New evidence presented in Toronto police sexual assault trial

By Joseph Neuberger Sexual assault trials are high-stakes affairs for those on both sides of the allegation. These cases are notoriously complex, especially when substance ... Read more

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Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 148, tort of harassment

By Natalie MacDonald and Geoffrey Lowe Bill 148 brings big and not so big changes to the  Employment Standards Act, 2000 In May, the Changing Workplaces ... Read more

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Workplace accommodation: miscarriage, pregnancy related illnesses

By Bram Lecker and Maria Esmatyar The Ontario Human Rights Code protects the disabled from discrimination and harassment at the work. If you become temporarily disabled due ... Read more

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Unjust dismissal under CLC covers dependent contractors

By Barry B. Fisher In an adjudication under Part III of the Canada Labour Code (CLC) (unreported decision dated April 9, 2017), Adjudicator Daniel Cameron had to determine ... Read more

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What not to do: legal PR lessons from the trenches

By Jana Schilder  Do you think that public relations practitioners working for police departments are as upfront as police officers? This question arises on the ... Read more

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Home insurance payouts for victims of domestic violence

By Lisa Gelman A recently introduced private members bill from Toronto MPP Mike Colle seeks to direct insurers to pay out claims for cases involving domestic violence. ... Read more

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Characterization of stay orders for the purposes of appeal

By Andrew Feldstein This recent decision from the Court of Appeal causes some confusion with respect to the characterization of stay orders for the purposes of appeal, and ... Read more

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Where is a trust resident?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag In this recent decision , the Ontario Superior Court considered the residence of two trusts, for the purpose of taxation. The court held that ... Read more

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The deal before the deal

By Inga Andriessen Recently we have had some questions from clients about the value and enforceability of documents prepared in anticipation of doing a deal. In one case, the ... Read more

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New ISO standard for anti-corruption compliance

By Norm Keith  and Carla Oliver The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has recently entered the fray by establishing an ISO certification standard ... Read more

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Legal agreements are a must in shared home ownership arrangements

By Lisa Laredo Earlier this month, about two dozen Torontonians came together in a speed-dating type of event in search of a home ownership partner. These are people who may ... Read more

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The use of compelled documentary productions from a civil lawsuit

By Elizabeth Grace Because sexual assault is a recognized wrong in many areas of our substantive law, it is quite common for a civil lawsuit to run in parallel with a ... Read more

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Financial abuse of the elderly

By Ian Hull The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority was established in 2010 by the Ontario government under the  Retirement Homes Act, 2010 , S.O. 2010 Chapter 11 ... Read more

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Best examination for discovery tips for my clients

By Michael Lesage Examinations for discovery (also sometimes referred to as depositions) are arguably the most important step in many lawsuits. It is the one opportunity (in ... Read more

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