Toronto Public Library in breach of its own policy: Imai

Allowing a controversial figure to speak at a public library based on a determination that the topic wasn’t hate speech may have violated the Ontario Human Rights Code and the facility’s own policy, says Toronto human rights lawyer Mika Imai. Read more

Alberta estate challenge has lessons for lawyers, clients

A recent decision illustrates that testators need to give specific instructions and, more importantly, lawyers need to be precise in their drafting, says Toronto trusts and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Fellow resident charged in death of 94-year-old woman

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — A 74-year-old man has been charged in the death of a 94-year-old woman in southwestern Ontario. Read more

Benefit of U.S. border crackdown on marijuana questionable

“Absurd” U.S. federal cannabis policies are in the spotlight again as Canadians are reportedly being barred from the United States for admitting to long-past marijuana use, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman. Read more

Condos can impose reasonable pet bans: Mackey

Condo corporations may lawfully ban pets in certain circumstances, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Save time for a foreign divorce opinion letter

Ontario residents hoping to marry after a divorce abroad need to leave enough time to obtain a foreign divorce opinion letter, says Toronto family lawyer Usman Sadiq. Read more

The ‘better safe than sorry’ approach to fraud investigation

The ideal approach to forensic accounting is to minimize the risk of fraud before it happens, or identify it as soon as possible, says forensic accountant and chartered business valuator Patricia Harris. Read more

Cross-border private investigation work takes solid contacts

Diligence and a strong network of connections are vital components of MKD International’s success as a full-service private investigation firm, especially when it comes to handling cases outside Canada, says Jim Downs, managing director of MKD International Inc. Read more

Cannabis companies find value with patent strength analysis

As Canada awaits the arrival of cannabis-infused edibles, extracts and topicals, the filing of patents in the sector is heating up as companies look to monetize the value of their intellectual property, says Christian Hartmann of Patent Seekers Research Inc. Read more

Nine points to help child protection agencies prepare for change

It’s important that Ontario children’s aid societies start addressing pending privacy legislation, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst, who has developed a nine-point guideline intended to help in the transition. Read more

Loeb: Tarion needs to require more standard-form agreements

Tarion Warranty Corp.’s recent efforts to provide more consumer information on the risks of pre-construction condominium purchases don’t go far enough, and the new home regulator should take an aggressive role in requiring more standard-form agreements, Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb tells The Globe and Mail. Read more

Pharmacist disciplined for snooping in private records

Regulated professionals who access health records for personal reasons are abusing their privilege and could receive disciplinary action, says Burlington compliance lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz. Read more

Make-A-Will-Month a great excuse to get estate in order

November is the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) Make-a-Will Month, and Toronto wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo says there’s no better time to act for those without an estate plan, no matter their age. Read more

Police investigating own alleged misconduct ‘offensive’

Reports of years-long delays in investigating allegations of criminal behaviour by Quebec police against Indigenous people should be concerning to all Canadians, as they point to evidence of a broader, more systemic problem in the way the province’s authorities deal with complaints, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

Informed consent at the heart of most medical procedures

The threshold for obtaining a patient’s informed consent varies depending on the nature of the medical procedure performed, says Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford. Read more

Do a solid for charity, cue up team for Billiards with the Bar

Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) executive director Joan Rataic-Lang is hoping those in the legal profession will take the cue and sign up for Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One Up Against Hunger — 2019 in support of Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry. Read more

Do you need a ‘pet-nup’?

Owning an animal is a privilege and responsibility, so owners need to make arrangements for their pet’s care in wills and possibly even in prenuptial agreements, says Cornwall wills and estates lawyer Michele Allinotte. Read more

Challenge of running your own firm worth the reward: Gosai

Women “shouldn’t be afraid to play by their own rules” when it comes to opening their own law firm, says Brampton personal injury lawyer Nital Gosai. Read more

Seek informed divorce advice when dealing with autism issues

Child support, custody, and access issues arising in a divorce become more complicated when a child of the marriage is on the autistic spectrum, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Divorced parents: kids are the priority when holiday planning

Holiday planning is essential, especially when it comes to reaching a time-sharing agreement for children after a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend. Read more