Inquiry may end complacency over health-care serial killers

The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry into the crimes of Elizabeth Wettlaufer should shake nursing and medical professionals out of their complacency about the threat of serial killers in the health sector, says Toronto workplace violence consultant Denise Koster. Read more

OCA ruling doesn’t mean employers can act with impunity

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) ruling that refused to recognize the tort of harassment doesn’t give “carte-blanche” to employers to engage in such conduct, says Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar. Read more

Top five tips for confidentiality agreements

Regulators must take care when sharing confidential information with third parties, says Burlington health lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz. Read more

CosmoLex keeps trust accounts audit-ready

CosmoLex helps lawyers keep their trust accounts audit-ready, according to Erica Birstler, the firm’s director of strategic communications. Read more

Negotiating ‘grey’ divorce comes with unique challenges

The collaborative process can be effective when it comes to negotiating a “grey” divorce, says St. Catharines family lawyer and mediator Sharon Silbert. Read more

Agencies allowed to reject tenants evicted for crimes

TORONTO — Ontario will allow community housing providers to reject tenants who have previously been evicted for criminal activity. Read more

Historic SCC hearings outside Ottawa ‘exciting’: Presser

Canadians should be pleased that the nation’s top court is holding proceedings outside of Ottawa for the first time, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser, who will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) as part of this historic event. Read more

Decision preferring contractual over common law rights concerning

Employees should be concerned by a recent Court of Appeal decision distinguishing between employment and shareholder rights, says Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Client-first approach bolsters Black’s reputation

Whether he’s acting as counsel or mediator, Toronto wills and estates lawyer and mediator Howard Black has the same aim in mind. Read more

Fitness-for-work policy good alternative to drug testing: Howden

Employers may be wondering if their workers are consuming drugs on the job, especially since marijuana became legal, but there are few instances where they can actually conduct random drug testing, says Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Burden of proof in wrongful death claims

Ontario law provides an opportunity for compensation to some relatives following the wrongful death of a loved one, says Toronto personal injury and disability lawyer Nainesh Kotak. Read more

Top three reasons to make a will: Derfel

Few people like to confront their own mortality, but Toronto trusts and estates lawyer David Derfel says the momentary discomfort of drafting a will is worth it in the long run. Read more

Advance preparation helps drive efficient business sales process

Selling a business is a significant undertaking — but by doing advance preparation in-house in collaboration with a team of advisers, owner/managers can ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible, says Toronto corporate lawyer Kobi Bessin. Read more

Shatz understands both sides of personal injury claims

Toronto personal injury lawyer Samantha Shatz exhibits the kind of serenity in front of a judge and jury that’s likely to unsettle her opponents. Read more

Be wary of termination agreements that limit entitlements

People should always seek legal advice if they are asked to sign a termination agreement upon being hired since these contracts invariably favour the employer, says Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau. Read more

Divorce Act ‘not meeting needs of children’: Ludmer

The current system to decide child custody “is a complete failure,” Toronto family lawyer Brian Ludmer said during appearances before federal government hearings to amend the Divorce Act. Read more

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ in custody matters: Tremain

It’s unwise to make presumptions when it comes to deciding what’s best for a child in a custody case, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain. Read more

Ethanol-fueled devices are dangerous: Brown

Ontario personal injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells CTV News that people should be warned about using “dangerous” table-top ethanol-fueled fireplaces after his client was hit by a jet of fire from one of these devices and is now fighting for her life. Read more

Man accused of swimming naked in shark tank expected to plead guilty

TORONTO — A British Columbia man accused of skinny dipping in a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium is expected to plead guilty today. Read more

Class-actions can be effective in workplace harassment cases

More class-action lawsuits relating to workplace harassment could be in the making, especially if the Supreme Court of Canada (SSC) decides to recognize harassment as a stand-alone tort, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more