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A call for the release of PAR program data: Forstner

Domestic violence defendants are being asked to take counselling programs that are often unnecessary and can even be harmful, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . ... Read more

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Seamless integration: the case for legal call centres

The hallmark of a quality legal intake call centre is one that provides a service that combines advanced technology with the personal touch, says Tom Ball, director of sales and ... Read more

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Rodeo cowboy Dunn brings country sensibility to criminal defence

Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn doesn’t concern himself with what the public thinks about his clients' guilt or innocence. Whether they’ve done what ... Read more

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Eight steps to a mindful life

In Part 5 of a seven-part series on mindfulness, Toronto-area family lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars discusses how to follow a mindful path in eight simple steps . To live a ... Read more

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Law and humour go together for Strigberger

Comedy came early into the life of legal humourist Marcel Strigberger . “It was probably around Grade 2 after I came in late from a medical appointment,” he tells ... Read more

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Burden of proof rests with the Crown: Hicks

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks emphasized before a jury trial in Goderich that the burden of proof rests with the Crown and there is no onus on the defence to prove ... Read more

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Training is your best weapon to guard against fraud

By Kate Dewhirst Recently, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released two new health privacy decisions. Decision 68 reads like a made for TV movie. It’s a doozy. ... Read more

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What you need to know about letters of intent

By Anton Katz The very first document that is negotiated between the parties in a transaction – such as the purchase of a business – is often a letter of intent (LOI). While ... Read more


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Rape shield law unfairly applied; court quashes sex assault conviction
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TORONTO — Canada's so-called rape-shield law, which aims to protect sexual-assault complainants from unfair and irrelevant scrutiny of their sex lives, cannot be used to ... Read more

Despite case, system not ‘intrinsically corrupt’
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A case involving a justice of the peace fired for interfering in an assault matter in which his partner was the alleged victim is a rarity but “scary” nonetheless, ... Read more

Jurors' internet research disruptive to entire process: Orlando
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It is unrealistic in this day and age to think that jurors won’t conduct their own internet research during a trial, Toronto critical injury lawyer Dale Orlando tells ... Read more

Adult son's high-profile eviction would have been easier in Ontario
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Kicking family members out of your house is typically easier than getting rid of tenants, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com . News outlets ... Read more

Bill C-46 distorts ‘serious criminality’ provisions for immigrants
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A new law that increases the maximum penalty for impaired driving will have a “disproportionate” impact on immigrant offenders, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin ... Read more

Surrogacy laws need more work: Cohen
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Canada still has a long way to go to bring clarity to the laws governing reproductive issues, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells Law Times . Cohen, founder of ... Read more

Health sector keeping close eye on nurse inquiry
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ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was disciplined several times over poor job performance but no one thought she was seriously harming ... Read more

Court decision on waivers bad news for public safety
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An Ontario Court of Appeal decision upholding a pair of ski resort waivers is a boon for insurers and a bust for public safety, Toronto critical injury lawyer John McLeish tells ... Read more

Morrow reflects on tenure as LSO's Complaints Resolution Commissioner
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Reflecting on the past four years as the Law Society of Ontario's (LSO) independent Complaints Resolution Commissioner, Toronto mediator and arbitrator Bernard ... Read more

IRCC officers need to be mindful of cultural biases
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When assessing spousal sponsorship applications, Canadian immigration authorities tend to apply their cultural biases as to what constitutes a genuine relationship, Toronto ... Read more

Mandin optimistic Bill 139 can offer balance
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Toronto civil litigator Stephany Mandin tells Law Times she’s optimistic that last month’s enactment of Bill 139 will help balance a municipality’s power ... Read more

SCC decision a step toward reducing number of Aboriginals in prison
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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) says the federal prison service has failed to ensure its psychological assessment tools are fair to Indigenous inmates. In a ... Read more

Rosen: SCC affirms counsel's right to 'fearless advocacy' in Groia case
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The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has reaffirmed the right of counsel to engage in fearless advocacy by quashing a finding of professional misconduct against a lawyer, Toronto ... Read more

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Can my child decide which parent they want to live with?
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By Marcus Sixta When parents are in the process of divorce or separation, sometimes children may express a desire to live with one parent over another. If this occurs in a family law case, ... Read more

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act
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By Joseph Neuberger According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an effort to protect ... Read more

Paralegals versus criminal defence lawyers in Ottawa
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By Céline Dostaler When charged with a criminal offence some individuals believe that they can defend themselves in court, but once they realize the difficulty of the court system they seek ... Read more

Reviewing a severance package: what to expect
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By Doug MacLeod You have just been terminated. You have been given a week or so to accept a severance package but you don’t know if it is fair. That is where we come in. We tell you ... Read more

Why you should consider a marriage contract
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By Jennifer Samara Shuber Couples might be hesitant about entering marriage contracts out of fear that a contract pre-supposes the demise of a relationship. I prefer to look at marriage contracts as a ... Read more

Fired while ill?
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By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher For most of us, a secure job is one of the most important pillars in our life. It is a mainstay to financial security. Our employment laws are written ... Read more

Bill 174 (the Cannabis Act) — marijuana at the workplace
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By Christopher Achkar The topic of marijuana at the workplace is of particular importance nowadays. On July 1, 2018, the Canadian government plans to introduce an amendment to Bill 174, the ... Read more

The impact of arrest on a young person's future
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By John Navarrete “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference” – Aristotle Even over two thousand years later, Aristotle’s words ring true. While ... Read more

What will you do for long-term care?
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag One of the challenges with demographic trends is that they tend to fly under the radar until they are suddenly upon us. Ensuring there is adequate care for our aging ... Read more

Imputing income — intentional underemployment
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By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the parties began living together in 2000, married in 2002. The parties have two children together. The parties separated, with no reasonable prospect of ... Read more

Five reasons you need a power of attorney for property
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By Lisa Laredo Power of attorney (POA) documents are incredibly important. Without them, should you no longer be mentally or physically capable of making decisions on your own, the courts ... Read more

Court orders wide financial disclosure in dismissal case
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By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the master had a situation where the dispute centred around the basis for how the employer could alter the plaintiff’s commission plan. The plaintiff ... Read more

Government reverses Bill 148 public holiday pay changes
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By Laura Williams On May 7, 2018, the Ontario government passed a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA) that will reverse the changes made to the calculation of ... Read more

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