Opinion

Happy Holi-daze – an update on social host liability

By Mackenzie Irwin . As we head into the holiday season, many employers will be hosting holiday parties for their employees. With the recent legalization of cannabis and a new decision out of the Ontario Court of Appeal, an update on social host liability is in order. Read more

What should a dentist do if an instrument breaks during treatment?

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . In a recent decision , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) affirmed the obligations of a dentist when a surgical instrument broke during treatment. Read more

No end of pressures for the court reporter

By Kim Neeson . From scheduling to reporting to transcribing, there are many high-pressure demands placed on court reporters in their job. In over 30 years of reporting, here’s what’s changed. Read more

Child access in same-sex relationships

By Andrew Feldstein . Notions of the “traditional” family unit have evolved over time. Accordingly, the judicial system needs to adapt to be better equipped to adjudicate new issues that arise. In this case , the age, biological connection, and involvement of the party in the child’s life were the determining factors. Read more

Like it or not: forcing the sale of the matrimonial home

By Lisa Gelman . The court recently examined the interesting question of whether, and under what circumstances, a party can obtain an order to sell their matrimonial home even when their spouse opposes the sale. Read more

Legal tech part two: five legal tech plays

By Alan Bass and Michael Sauber . In our post, " Legal tech shows no signs of slowing ," we examined the drivers behind the use of technology in legal practice. In this post, we make the case for legal tech adoption and provide examples of initiatives already in play. Read more

What law students, legal entrepreneurs can learn from Ferris Bueller

By Ryan Handlarski . “Life moves pretty fast,” says a young Matthew Broderick to the camera breaking the fourth wall with the audience in the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Read more

Why do lawyers have to do a title search?

By Daniel Bernstein . You can’t close a deal without your lawyer doing a title search. How else will your lawyer know whether the property you want to buy still has an old mortgage on it that was never removed? What about a lien registered by the city for unpaid taxes or by the condominium corporation for unpaid monthly maintenance fees? Read more

Cannabis, youth and driving in Ontario: law and consequences

By Alison Burrison . Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, young drivers need to know the law and consequences of driving with THC in their system. You can also watch my interview with WhatSheSaid at the bottom of this post for more info. Read more

E-signatures legally equivalent to handwritten ones

By Peter Dillon for AdvocateDaily.com . As technology becomes more entrenched in the legal world, there’s been a shift in Ontario towards using electronic signatures (e-signatures). Read more

Considering an offer to settle?

By Anton Katz . There are many factors to consider when making or responding to an offer to settle an ongoing lawsuit. This blog post will discuss the purposes and effects of making, accepting, or rejecting an offer to settle, in general. For information and advice regarding the specific terms that are included in any actual offer to settle please seek legal advice. Read more

PTSD and the availability of aggravated damages

By John McLeish and Nicole Fielding. Last week, Canadians recognized Veterans Week, reflecting on the service and sacrifices of members of our Armed Forces. Read more

Update on the law of social host liability

By Patrick Brown and William Harding. This case remains the leading authority on social host liability. In the decision, it was found that social hosts do not owe a duty of care to people that are injured by the actions of individuals that became intoxicated while attending the social host’s party. In that decision, former Chief Justice McLachlin stated: Read more

The great estate – five ways to make it happen

By Suzana Popovic-Montag . As estate litigators, we’ve seen a lot of bad estates and bad estate situations. The good news is because we know the bad, we can advise clients on how to avoid it and make their estate a great one. No uncertainty, no delays, no conflicts, no nasty tax surprises. Read more

Police record checks – new law on background checks

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin. On November 1, 2018, the process for conducting police record checks will change dramatically. On that date, the Police Record Checks Reform Act (the Act) comes into effect in Ontario, and it will impact how employers conduct police record checks and the types of information they can get. Read more

Access to justice: the value of paralegals

By Amri Murray for AdvocateDaily.com . When it comes to legal representation and advice, Ontarians have two options: hire a lawyer or enlist the services of a paralegal. Read more

Working both sides of business law — litigation and transactions

By Inga Andriessen . When I started practicing law over 26 years ago, I was a purely business law litigator. About three years into my career I became tired of litigating on poorly drafted materials, so I began adding “the boring desk work” to my area of practice and have not looked back since. Read more

A title by any other name is not a rose

By Marcel Strigberger . What’s in a name? Or rather what’s in a title to a name? Read more

Criminal clients don't play golf

By Ryan Handlarski . To whoever said that “golf is a good walk spoiled” – I say amen brother! Read more

Concepts health leaders need to know when interacting with police

By Kate Dewhirst . I am often asked by health leaders what to do when police arrive and need information about patients. Read more