Top 5 areas for child welfare sector to focus on privacy law

Ontario’s children’s aid societies and other agencies in the child welfare sector would be well served to focus on five specific areas when they become subject to privacy rules for the first time this coming January, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Winkler successful in accessing disciplinary hearing record

Decisions like a recent case that applied the open-court principle to a doctor’s disciplinary proceedings contribute to a better informed Canadian public, says Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler. Read more

Careless internet posts can be costly: Will

What you post online has the potential to live on in cyberspace and can have serious legal ramifications, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Gary Will. Read more

Condo unit owners not always king of the castle

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision highlights the restricted rights that condominium unit owners have to renovate compared with traditional freehold homeowners, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Read more

‘Solid plan’ essential for gaining early parole: Kumar

Preparation is an inmate’s key to unlocking early parole, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Rashmi Kumar. Read more

Even condos that allow pets won’t tolerate nuisance animals

There’s nothing in the Condominium Act that specifically speaks to a ban on pets, but condo corporations can create restrictions and rules to enforce the type of animal and how many an owner or resident can have in a unit, says Toronto condo and human rights lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Parenting time decided by children’s best interests: Schwartz

While amendments to the Divorce Act make the wording less confrontational and continue to place the interests of children above all, the changes don’t guarantee equal parenting time, says Toronto family lawyer Glen Schwartz. Read more

Fully explain issues when mental health patients go missing

In spite of the outcry over a forensic patient’s elopement from a Toronto mental health facility, it is far from certain that the system failed, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel. Read more

Awareness needed of parental alienation: Princewill

A new World Health Organization (WHO) designation could help raise much-needed awareness of the issue of parental alienation, says Pickering family lawyer Angela Princewill. Read more

Employers need the right to ask for doctors’ notes: Williams

Employers should have the right to require a doctor’s note to ensure workers are fit to return to the job, Markham-based employment lawyer Laura Williams tells Maclean’s magazine. Read more

Decisions impact tax benefits in shared custody arrangements

Two recent decisions from the Federal Court of Appeal further complicate tax matters for shared parenting arrangements, says Canadian legal software supplier Christine Montgomery. Read more

New sex-ed curriculum doesn't move the dial enough: Imai

The revised sex-ed curriculum for Ontario elementary students won’t please social conservatives or progressive parents upset with Premier Doug Ford after he scrapped the version introduced by the former Liberal government, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Mika Imai. Read more

Harrison is a strong advocate for collaborative family law

Barrie family lawyer Peter Harrison has always enjoyed helping people, which is one of the key reasons he is passionate about his area of practice. Read more

Best interests of child trump fairness of hearing: OCA

A recent Court of Appeal judgment is a must-read for counsel who engage in family law arbitrations, says Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph. Read more

Conscious uncoupling enables child-centred resolution

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made the phrase ‘conscious uncoupling’ famous when they divorced in 2014, and it’s something many ex-partners work towards for the sake of their children, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Robina Khan. Read more

Residence exception rule changes impact capital gains taxes

Changes in the last few years concerning trusts and the principal residence exemption have fundamentally altered the estate planning process, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi. Read more

Mediation has advantages over litigation in high-asset divorces

Mediation is “a much more effective alternative to litigation” for divorces involving complex financial matters, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Samara Shuber. Read more

Honesty is the best policy when applying for life insurance

Knowing your medical history and being truthful can go a long way in avoiding a life insurance policy denial, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Jill Edwards. Read more

DFI Forensics going strong after one year in business: Hatch

When a cyberattack occurs, knowing who to call in those first hours after an incident can be critical to mitigating your exposure and locking down evidence, says B.C.-based digital forensics investigator Tyler Hatch. Read more

CPLED transforms students into competency-trained lawyers

Law schools teach students the intricacies of the legal system and its guiding statutes, but not necessarily all of the skills they need to succeed in the profession, says Kara Mitchelmore, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED). Read more