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Probationary clause gets employer into hot water

By Doug MacLeod Including a probationary period clause in an employment contract is not a good idea  unless  your organization is prepared to assess the suitability ... Read more

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Does solicitor/client privilege extend to trustee, beneficiary?

By Ian Hull Last week  we considered the application of solicitor/client privilege to a deceased testator and their testamentary intentions. A further consideration in ... Read more

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Do step-parents have a child support obligation?

By Lisa Gelman The basic principles of  child support  with respect to a biological parent’s obligation to pay are relatively straight-forward: the ... Read more

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Failure to complete remediation program results in discipline

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Health professionals should be mindful that if the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) of their College orders ... Read more

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Contempt of court: failure to encourage access

By Andrew Feldstein Karar v. Ella , 2016 ONSC 7926: In this case, the father sought to find the mother in contempt for breach of court orders and interference with ... Read more

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New bill could allow police more leeway to stop impaired driving

By John Navarrete In most cases, simple suspicion is insufficient grounds for a police officer to detain a citizen. Probable cause is required in most instances before an ... Read more

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Therapeutic jurisprudence and impaired driving

By Lawrence Forstner In my first blog post, I mentioned the term therapeutic jurisprudence. For a general description of what the term means, read up about it  here ... Read more

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Court awards commissions owing at time of termination, severance

By Barry B. Fisher In Carroll v. Purcee Industrial Controls Ltd. (2017 AMQB 516) Madam Justice Dawn Pentelechuk had to deal with two issues regarding commissions. ... Read more

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Judge says treat high conflict parents like children

By Jennifer Samara Shuber In an earlier blog post, I made reference to a November 2016 decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Alex Pazaratz and his denunciation of the ... Read more

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Administration of Prince estate becomes more complicated

By Charles Ticker When Prince passed away on April 21, 2016, he left behind an estate believed to be worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. He died without a will and ... Read more

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Spring cleaning for social media

By Joanne Rossi It is the time of year that everyone is cleaning out their closets, their homes and their offices. But did you remember to scrub your social media?  ... Read more

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Termination clause unenforceable due to 'potential violation'

By Paul Willetts In the recent decision of  Covenoho v. Pendylum Ltd. , the Ontario Court of Appeal awarded a former employee of Pendylum 40 weeks' pay ($56,000), ... Read more

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Why asking your employee to go clubbing could cost you

By Nicole Simes I hope by now you know that sexual harassment at work is against the law. If not, please see  here  and  here . Despite this, sexual ... Read more

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Three legal questions every clinician should know how to answer

By Kate Dewhirst If you are a practicing clinician (nurse, doctor, dentist, midwife, psychologist, OT, PT, social worker etc.) there are three legal questions you should ... Read more

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Trademark provisions under the new Cannabis Act

By John Simpson The federal government’s recently tabled Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) – which will legalize the recreational use of cannabis in Canada ... Read more

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Dismissing a probationary employee

By Heather Hettiarachchi It is not uncommon for employment agreements to include a probationary clause. The rationale behind a probationary period is to enable the parties to ... Read more

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Motorcycle safety series: post-winter safety

By Joseph Cescon  and Bryan Sansom, articling student Once spring hits, the weather warms up and many motorcyclists are eager to get their bikes out of storage and hit ... Read more

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Chronic pain injury compensation

By Miles Obradovich Is chronic pain recognized by the courts? Unquestionably since 2003 chronic pain is a form of long-term disability entitled to injury ... Read more

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Can delivery of a gift precede intention?

By Suzana Popovic-Montag In the recent decision of  McKendry v. McKendry ,  the British Columbia Court of Appeal considered the elements of a valid  inter ... Read more

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Five tips for finding a family lawyer that is the right fit

By Sharon Silbert With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. ... Read more

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