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NEW Appeal court: doctors have to give referrals for services they oppose

TORONTO — Ontario’s highest court ruled Wednesday that doctors in the province must give referrals for medical services that clash with their religious beliefs, ... Read more

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Personal injury fakers should be prosecuted: Ford

Police should consider laying fraud charges when surveillance evidence reveals accident victims have been faking their injuries, says Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma surgeon ... Read more

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FOLA: Province paying lip service to consultation on critical issues

The Ontario government’s lack of commitment to meaningful consultation is striking another blow to access to justice, says Michael Winward, chair of The Federation of ... Read more

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Ontario trying to attract more foreign workers with changes

Proposed changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program ( ONIP ) should benefit people wanting to become permanent residents and companies in need of skilled employees, says ... Read more

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Ban bully offers, double-ending to improve fairness: Samaroo

Banning bully offers and double-ending by realtors would make the real estate market fairer for consumers, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo . CBC News reports ... Read more

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Bar set high for awarding costs against counsel

Seeking costs directly from opposing counsel is an uphill battle, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . O’Connor, principal of O’Connor Richardson ... Read more

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Deepa Tailor: not your typical old-school lawyer

Mississauga lawyer Deepa Tailor brings a fresh, progressive approach to what is traditionally thought of as a staid, old-school legal profession, and people are starting to ... Read more

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Grey divorce – navigating a later-in-life split

Couples who have been together for many years sometimes discover that the traditional vow “till death do us part” is not realistic, and their marriage ends in what is ... Read more

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What is a ‘bad faith’ request for access to health records?

By Kate Dewhirst In a new health privacy decision of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, we find out what needs to be proven to show a patient is making a request for access ... Read more

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Reasons a disability claim may be denied and what can be done

By Nainesh Kotak This a list of five reasons that a disability claim may be denied. Has your disability claim been denied? See if any of these reasons fit your situation. Reason #1: Your ... Read more


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Judge awards $2.5 million for suffering 'hate speech at its worst'
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A self-styled online media personality whose websites frequently air anti-Muslim content has been ordered to pay the owner of a prominent Middle Eastern restaurant chain millions ... Read more

Legal Aid cuts penny wise but pound foolish: Fennel
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Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will lead to unjust convictions as more defendants are forced to go unrepresented, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel says. “There will ... Read more

In a partnership, you must take risk to reap reward: Virc
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A recent Ontario Court of Appeal judgment is an instructive tutorial on the difference between limited and general partnerships, says Toronto civil litigator Patricia ... Read more

Timing, circumstances dictate child support for adult children
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Adult children may not be eligible for child support once they have moved out of the house and lived independently for more than a year, even if their circumstances change, says ... Read more

Tread carefully with non-competition clauses: Hawryliw
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Employers should take care when drawing up non-competition clauses because they can be difficult to enforce, says Barrie employment lawyer Scott Hawryliw . “The reason ... Read more

Scruton rewarded by an early fascination with Charter
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Kamloops criminal lawyer Lisa Mae Scruton set off on the path to her future career at an earlier age than most. Before her 10th birthday, Scruton was already fascinated by ... Read more

Benign housekeeping or self-protection? wonders Moreau
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While the government says it’s just trying to improve the legal process for those who have a beef with the Crown, proposed legislative changes may actually deny justice to ... Read more

Is an engagement ring a conditional gift?
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Whether or not a jilted fiancé is legally required to return the engagement ring is “really not a settled issue” in Ontario, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer ... Read more

Silent hike can help lawyers reconnect: Kopping-Pavars
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Stress and anxiety are common in the legal profession, but Toronto-area family lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars is offering three ways to help her peers deal with those issues. ... Read more

Nova Scotia human rights board awards nearly $600,000 for racist discrimination
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HALIFAX — A human rights board has ordered the City of Halifax to pay almost $600,000 in damages after a former bus mechanic suffered racist discrimination. Last year, ... Read more

$20M 'obituary piracy' case sets precedent: Simpson
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A judgment awarding $20 million to grieving families for “obituary piracy” will serve as an authority in copyright law, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John ... Read more

Is my estate dispute suited for mediation?
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Mediation can be successful for almost any type of matter, Toronto trust and estate litigator and mediator Felice Kirsh tells AdvocateDaily.com . Kirsh, partner with ... Read more

New benchers must stay mindful of all issues within mandate
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While a new group of Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers were seemingly elected to get rid of the Statement of Principles (SOP), they also need to be aware that they are serving ... Read more

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We can’t cut our smartphone habit — but we can cut the cost
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By Suzana Popovic-Montag Talk to someone who lives in Europe or travels there for extended periods. Ask them what they pay for their phone plan. You’ll be shocked and disheartened. The costs are ... Read more

What to do if you think you’ve been defrauded
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By Dave Oswald Each year thousands of Canadians lose millions of dollars to fraudulent scams. Nobody is immune; it can happen to young people, teenagers, and corporate executives. Did you ... Read more

The termination letter: Lecker
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By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner If you have just lost your job , do not sign the termination letter or release until an employment lawyer has vetted the documents properly for you. Any experienced lawyer ... Read more

Grandparent rights: Sixta
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By Marcus Sixta Grandparents are often highly valued in any family. However, when a divorce or separation occurs, they can often be placed to the side while the parents argue and litigate. As ... Read more

Dentists have discretion to implement cancellation, late arrival policies
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By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine A patient complained about the conduct of his dentist, stating that the dentist’s cancellation policy and possible refusal to provide treatment violated the ... Read more

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Ukraine
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By Marcel Strigberger Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky, the new president of the Ukraine. Volod Z is actually a comedian who won a landslide victory over the incumbent. He starred in a ... Read more

Critical law society documents
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By Erica Birstler Getting audited is inevitable and when the time comes you want to be prepared with all of the documents and reports the law society will want to see. While you may know about ... Read more

Court determines that it lost jurisdiction in custody dispute
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By Lisa Gelman Is it possible for a court, which has jurisdiction to deal with a matter, to subsequently lose jurisdiction? In a recent decision , an Ontario court found that, indeed, it ... Read more

Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws
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By Doug MacLeod Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses. This blog discusses five of these changes. ... Read more

Moms, take care of your family — have a will!
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By Lisa Laredo Many say that moms hold the family together. They love their kids unconditionally, often take them wherever they need to go and always, always know where everything is ... Read more

OCA confirms false allegations of cause can be costly
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By Laura Williams Ontario’s Court of Appeal has upheld the trial court decision in this case , which we initially blogged about here , sending a strong message to employers who make ... Read more

Does your lawyer use inclusive language?
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By Michele Allinotte Legal documents are not always the most pleasant things to read. Even if the documents are for a good thing (buying a home or adoption), it is easy to get bogged down in the ... Read more

Validity of foreign divorce: Feldstein
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By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the applicant mother sought to invalidate a divorce granted in Russia, an increase in temporary spousal support, and an increase in temporary child support. ... Read more

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