Opinion

Court refuses to set aside restraining order

By Lisa Gelman In a recent case, the court considered a father’s request to set aside a restraining order that prevented him from having access to his six-year-old son. Read more

And justice for all?

By Inga Andriessen We hear a lot about Access to Justice in the news and how lower-income individuals cannot afford to litigate in Ontario. That is a problem. That is not the topic of this blog. Read more

Health care considerations for the multi-parent family

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine A new study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) explores the experiences of Canadian polyamorous families during pregnancy and birth. Read more

Epstein had an unconventional will

By Charles Ticker The 1953 Trust created by Jeffrey Epstein could be challenged in court. Read more

IT forensics: What is it and how can it help me?

By Tyler Hatch IT forensics, more commonly known in the industry as “digital forensics” is simply a way of telling a story of what happened through the examination of evidence found on digital sources like computers, cell phones and other electronic evidence. Read more

Understanding wills and estate planning for same-sex couples

By Deepa Tailor Appropriate Wills and Estate planning is vital for people from all walks of life; however, it is essential to understand the nuances of members of different communities. Read more

Is an access-only parent entitled to their child’s health info?

By Kate Dewhirst A father who had access-only of his children complained to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) when he was denied certain details from a health care provider. Read more

New Brunswick court reduces “windfall” trustee compensation

By Suzana Popovic-Montag One steady source of estate litigation is the uncertainty around estate trustee compensation. Read more

Do you know the rules about cannabis edibles in Canada?

By Sarah Leamon As of this month, Canada has legalized edible cannabis products, including vaping and topical products, across the country. Read more

Chronic pain may lead to higher level of accident benefits

By Nainesh Kotak If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, the amount of injury compensation you are entitled to receive under your ‘no fault’ accident coverage depends on your level of injury. Read more

Daughters challenge validity of late NFL team owner's trust

By Charles Ticker A recent story online outlines the latest developments in the Bowlen family dispute. Read more

Is your life insurance clause security for support?

By Andrew Feldstein This case examined the issue that arose when a couple created a separation agreement that included a life insurance clause. Read more

When a gift is bare-ly a trust

By Ian Hull Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that even where a gift is not validly executed, the intention of the parties can still be fulfilled through a bare trust. Read more

Court denies father's request to reduce child support arrears

By Lisa Gelman In this case court considered the interesting question of when a payor parent may be excused from paying the full amount of child support that they were ordered to pay. Read more

How you’re victimized twice when you’re in a car accident

By Steve Rastin Every day in Ontario, hundreds of drivers are injured in car accidents. In many cases, these unfortunate individuals suffer serious losses that impair their ability to live a normal life or earn a living to support themselves and their families. What many don’t realize, however, is that, in this province, you are actually victimized twice when you are in a car accident. Read more

Name that election candidate

By Marcel Strigberger And the winner is? None of the above. Yes! Not really. I just came across a Federal Court of Canada case launched by a University of Ottawa law student who sued the government pre- election claiming he could not express his dissatisfaction with all the candidates on the ballot by scribbling “None of the above” and have this choice counted and noted. Read more

The death of picking an impartial jury

By Joseph Neuberger As an adjunct to a previous short piece I penned on Bill C-75, I believe it is important to note another significant blow to our rights in Canada. Read more

Missing persons in Ontario – new police powers

By Kate Dewhirst On July 1 a new law came into effect: the Missing Persons Act, 2018. Healthcare organizations and providers need to know about this new law because there may be new documentation from police you will need to review. Read more

Digital forensics can help in cheating spouse investigations

By Tyler Hatch Nowadays sexual misconduct is on everyone’s lips. The past few years have been characterized by news coverage of high-profile sex scandals, and it seems that infidelity has never been more pervasive than it is today. Read more

Another one bites the dust: termination clause enforceability

By Laura Williams The Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”) recently provided further guidance on the enforceability of termination clauses and wrongfully dismissed employees’ entitlement to damages for the lost opportunity to earn a bonus during the reasonable notice period in a recent case. Read more