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Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Counselling for family law clients during a sea of change Man reaching for preserver

Have you ever gone boating? Have you ever had your boat capsize in the middle of a sea and gotten stuck on a raft wondering if and when you will be saved? Family law clients often feel this way. They are floating in a sea of confusion and stress. At this point perhaps family law clients should consider placing counselling closer to the top of their priorities, especially when they are negotiating or litigating their matrimonial affairs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

Misleading advertising: Be careful what you claim Smilingteeth

In a world where consumers are bombarded by advertising, it is crucial for brands to stand out or risk obscurity. Powerful tools in the advertiser’s arsenal include the celebrity endorsement and the performance claim. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Why Libra could be a cryptocurrency game changer Libra_coin_sm

Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, that looks to shake up the cryptocurrency marketplace in at least the same degree as the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 changed the concept of money. Moreover, it offers real potential to profoundly modify international commerce. Libra is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Absent exceptional circumstances, 24 months high end of reasonable notice twoyearcalendar.jpg

Early this year, we wrote about Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Company 2018 ONSC 3130, a case in which the Ontario Superior Court of Justice substantially extended the traditional 24-month upper limit on the reasonable notice period for an older, long-term, senior manager who was unable to secure comparable employment. The motion judge awarded 30 months’ notice and stated that, if asked, he would have awarded 36 months. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Why facial recognition technology is racist, invasive, dangerous facialrecognitionfemale.jpg

As we turn to face the future of law enforcement, here are some of the reasons we need to be concerned about facial recognition tools, like the ones the Toronto Police Service has been using for more than a year. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

No winners in wrongful dismissal appeal decision caution_tape_sm

Most of the time, litigation produces a victor. But the victor isn’t always a winner. And sometimes there are no winners. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

Bill 124: Government eroding workers’ rights in Ontario tearingupcontract

Here we go again. If you’ve read the news lately, you’re likely well aware of recent cost-cutting actions taken by the Ontario government. In its most recent attempt to curb the deficit and the province’s debt, Queen’s Park has decided to again tackle expenditures without considering other sources of revenue generation (think a carbon tax?). ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

Unique rules of evidence in international commercial arbitration evidence_documents_sm

There is a misconception that abounds international commercial arbitration, namely that it is an unstructured dispute resolution process that is free of evidentiary rules. All evidence is admissible and, when in doubt, it will go to weight. This, however, is false. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Ontario needs legislation that recognizes common law property rights 2 hands grabbing house

It will come as a surprise to many in Ontario that a common law spouse — that is, a spouse who cohabits in a relationship that resembles marriage but who is not legally married — has no statutory right to share in the increase in value of property (including homes and employment pensions) accumulated in the name of his or her partner during their relationship. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

A personal view of MMIWG: 15 of my First Nations clients are dead Woman Trapped

The final report of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) national inquiry, published June 3, 2019, evokes mixed feelings. Do I believe that it is a genocide? No. Labelling it as such implies that there is a single villain. They are the forgotten people. Neglected and vulnerable to crimes of violence. I have been a criminal lawyer for 13 years. In that time approximately 15 of my First Nations clients have died. The majority were young Indigenous girls. ... [read more]