Deborah Howden

Deborah Howden
Shibley Righton LLP
Civil Litigation, Employment & Labour, Insurance, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Human Rights

Deborah Howden, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP's Toronto office, focuses on condominium law, employment law and civil litigation.

She graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and French and Bachelor of Education from Queen's University in 1993 before earning her combined Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University in 1997. Ms. Howden was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Fluent in French, Ms. Howden practises in the areas of employment and labour law and civil litigation, as well as condominium, education, public law, and human rights. She handles matters for various institutional clients, including condominium corporations, and has appeared before administrative tribunals and all levels of court in Ontario.

Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Howden is a member of the board of directors for Sancta Maria House, an organization that provides support to at-risk young women.

She is a member of The Advocates’ Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers’ Association, the Canadian Bar Association, as well as the Canadian Condominium Institute and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario.

Deborah Howden Posts

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

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

Digital charter strengthens combat on hate speech: Howden

The introduction of a new Canadian digital charter to combat hate speech, protect online privacy and battle fake news is timely, says Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Cancellation always a risk for pre-construction buyers, says Howden

Purchasers who wish to invest in condos prior to construction can mitigate their risk by seeking legal advice before signing on the dotted line, according to Toronto condominium lawyers Deborah Howden and Warren Kleiner. Read more

Family status discrimination case law in flux: Howden

Family status discrimination claims could be on the rise, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

Condominium tribunal doing an effective job: Howden

More than a year into existence, Ontario’s Condominium Act Tribunal (CAT) is working effectively, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Law Times . Read more

Employees can be held liable for discriminatory behaviour

A recent decision shows employees can be held responsible for discriminatory behaviour in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

Employee termination after a criminal conviction

A recent decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court underscores the fact that unless an employee’s off-duty conduct has direct implications on the workplace or the employer’s business, it does not constitute just cause for dismissal, says Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Cultivating cannabis: condo rules supersede legislation

Growing weed at home may be legal under the Cannabis Act , but that doesn’t mean everyone can do it, especially those living in condos, Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden tells NOW magazine. Read more

Condo board's blog keeps residents in the know

An engaged board of directors can lay the foundation for healthy condo governance, Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

Background check reforms make employers' lives easier

A new law limiting what can be turned over in police background checks will make employers’ lives easier, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

SCC decision a victory for ‘zealous advocates’

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling clarifies the boundary between what constitutes incivility in a courtroom and strong legal advocacy, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

Will new law eliminate Ontario's gender wage gap?

A recent Conference Board of Canada report confirms what many working women have long known— there is a significant gender wage gap in the province, with women earning just 87 cents for every dollar made by men, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Howden to speak at Six-Minute Employment Lawyer event

Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden will share her insights on trends in employment law at the upcoming Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2018 event, hosted by the Law Society of Ontario. Read more

Province's holiday pay reversal good news for employers

Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden says her clients are pleasantly surprised by the provincial government’s reversal on the calculation of public holiday pay. Read more