Opinion

Ontario Health Teams Wave 1: privacy and culture shift supports

By Kate Dewhirst You and your community have signed up to be a Wave 1 Ontario Health Team. Does it feel like you are on a roller coaster? You signed up. You’ve strapped yourself into the seat. Read more

Divorce litigation via Skype

By Steven Benmor Cross-examination is the questioning of a party in order to evaluate the truth of that person’s testimony and to gain admissions. In the U.S., this is called a deposition. In Ontario, it is called an examination for discovery in civil cases and questioning in divorce cases. Read more

Should that doggy be in the window?

By Inga Andriessen Lately, it seems that pets are everywhere. As both a business lawyer and an individual with a severe animal allergy, I notice it more than the average person as if a pet is in a business, I cannot breathe in that business. I like pets, I just like breathing more. Read more

Four things I don’t understand — and four shocking answers

By Ian Hull Answers to every question are now online. But often, a question pops into our head only to vanish quickly from our thoughts when the triggering moment disappears. And we forget to look up the answer later. Read more

Washington is the first state to allow human remains to be composted

By Suzana Popovic-Montag You’re likely familiar with the Christian burial phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” While that phrase has been recited over graves for centuries, it may need changing in Washington state. With the green light given to the composting of human remains, “dust to dirt” may be a more appropriate way of putting it. Read more

Cannabis legalization doesn’t mean you can be high at work

By Stuart Rudner On Oct. 17, 2018, the recreational use of cannabis was decriminalized. For several years before that, I spoke at conferences to address extensive fears that decriminalization would lead to rampant drug use and impairment at work. Read more

Petty estate dispute intensifying

By Charles Ticker A recent story online outlines the current dispute involving the estate of the deceased musician Tom Petty. He died on Oct. 2, 2017 at the age of 66. The Petty estate dispute places his widow against his two daughters from his first marriage. His widow has commenced a case in L.A. County Court accusing the daughters of interfering with the management of the Petty estate. Read more

Raptors parade chaos causes injury

By Jasmine Daya Twenty-four years later and the Raptors managed to clinch the NBA championship title this year. Once the Raptors hit the playoffs, the excitement in Toronto soared and continued to spread across the country until the final game. Six in six! They did it. They made history. Read more

Determining the date of separation

By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the court was tasked with determining a couple’s date of separation which is vital in moving forward with divorce proceedings because it is the reference point used to determine when marital property shall be appraised. It also signifies the starting point for the countdown of various limitation periods. Read more

Trigger alert: life changes mean you need to change your will

By Lisa Laredo You’ve written a will — great! But when was the last time you reviewed it? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then it’s probably time to do so because a will is not something that you can simply set and forget. Certain life events should naturally trigger a will review. Read more

University tribunals are no substitute for courts

By Joseph Neuberger . The growing concern to address sexual assault allegations on university campuses has resulted in a new vigilance to investigate and litigate allegations against students and faculty with little to no protection of the accused person’s fundamental rights. Increasingly, students and faculty members accused of sexual misconduct, even absent criminal charges, are being forced to participate in pseudo-trials designed by universities. Read more

Are you fully compliant? Five reasons to go to a U.S. tax adviser

By Alexey Manasuev . You work hard for your money. Naturally, you want to keep as much of it as possible when you file your taxes. If you’re an individual filing a simple U.S. tax return , you can likely file your own taxes without much of a hassle. Read More at U.S. Tax IQ Blog Read more

No magic age when children make their own health privacy decisions

By Kate Dewhirst . This comes as a surprise to most lay people. In Ontario, and in many jurisdictions around the world, children make their own health privacy decisions when they are “capable” of doing so and not when they reach a specific age. Read more

Conflicting statutory obligations do not absolve employer of duties

By Laura Williams . Employers in Canada are subject to a variety of legislation that governs the way they conduct business in areas ranging from environmental compliance to employee relations. What does an employer do when two of those statutory obligations seem to be at odds? While most employment-related legislation interacts with little difficulty, on occasion fulfilling one statutory obligation may cause the employer to violate another obligation at law. Read more

Costs award reduced from $171,000 to zilch

By Barry Fisher In this case , the judge was called upon to reconsider his trial award of costs after the Court of Appeal reduced the plaintiff’s damages from $137,000 to $57,000. Read more

Email fraud is common: it even happens at work

By Dave Oswald . Did you know that email isn’t – and was never deigned to be – a secure way to communicate? Fake emails can be quickly created and doctored to look real, reliable, legitimate. Read more

How long do long-term disability insurance benefits last?

By Nainesh Kotak . Once you have been approved for long-term disability benefits you may be wondering how long those disability benefits will continue to be paid by your disability insurer. Long-term disability policies are marketed as “peace of mind” insurance. However, termination of benefits happens quite frequently. Read more

The impact of a Voice of the Child report on parenting time

By Lisa Gelman . In a recent case , an Ontario court considered whether it could grant a father’s request to vary parenting time without proceeding to trial. The parties were married in September 2001 and separated in June 2011. They had four children together, ages 17, 15, 13 and 7. Read more

Donut rhapsody: Strigberger

By Marcel Strigberger . The iconic roll up the rim to win contest isn’t working. Seems the company's recent reprise of their annual promo is not raking it in. Profits are down and the food giant is trying to figure out a way to refresh the game from the way it has been since the 1980s. As the saying might go, you have to know when to roll ‘me and when to fold ‘em. Read more

Laugh at death (on us)

By Ian Hull . During the past Halloween season, I couldn’t help laughing as I drove by a home in the country that had a very realistic looking, life-sized grim reaper on the front porch. The juxtaposition of decorative corn stalks and an inviting veranda with this figure of death looming over the doorway showed that someone inside had a very funny (but dark) sense of humour. Read more